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An attitude of life-long learning

Chancellor of Swinburne University: Mr Bill Scales AO

Chancellor Mr Bill Scales is committed to education as a lifelong journey. After completing a five-year fitter and machinist apprenticeship, Bill went on to complete an economics degree from Monash University 15 years later.

He believes that having the opportunity to continue learning by returning to study part-time enabled him to fulfil a dream that would not otherwise have been available.

Acknowledged as one of the nation’s most powerful and influential public policy reformers, Bill has held a number of high-profile leadership roles in both the publicand private sectors.

As Chancellor of Swinburne, Bill provides strong support to the Vice-Chancellor and is also Chair of the university Council. The council is the university's governing body and is tasked with managing the affairs of the university.

“My goal is to make a significant contribution to ensuring that the vision of the university, its council, and its staff, enables Swinburne to continue to be respected as one of Australia’s great learning and research institutions, and for providing an opportunity for students to access engaging and relevant education.”

"I feel very strongly that various forms of education should be available to people at different phases in their lives. Never stop learning, and life can be anything you want it to be,” Bill said.

His vision for Swinburne is a university that provides people of all backgrounds and ages with the opportunity to study at a higher educational level, and one that is an important part of Australia's development in the 21st century.

Bill believes that Swinburne’s ongoing investment in research and scholarship makes it an ideal environment for academics and students.

Bill is currently serving on the following organisations and Boards:

Business/Higher Education Round Table (President and Board Member); Local Government Victoria (Probity Auditor); Australian Institute of Company Directors (Victorian Council member and member of National Education Advisory Committee); Veolia Environment Australia (Advisory Board member); Veolia Transdev (Chair, Safety and Security Committee and Chair, Gold Star Awards); Harbour City Ferries (Member, Safety Reference Board).

Previous appointments include:
Port of Melbourne Corporation (Chair); Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry (Panel Member); Australian Government Review of Funding for Schooling (Panel member); COAG, Energy Reform Implementation Group; (Chair and Panel Member); Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (Board member and Audit Committee Chair); Australian Safety and Compensation Council (Chair); Commander Communications (Board Member); City of Brimbank (Administrator); Department of Premier & Cabinet, Victoria (Secretary);Expert Reference Group to Advise the Commonwealth Government on Tertiary Education Quality and Regulatory Frameworks and Administrative Arrangements (member); Industry Commission/Productivity Commission (Chair & CEO); Local Government Administration, Victoria (Inspector); Review of Australian Higher Education (panel member); Telstra Corporation, (Group Managing Director, Regulatory, Corporate and Human Relations and Chief of Staff); Automotive Industry Authority (Chair and CEO); Reom Industries (General Manager); Astra Engineering (General Manager).