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Mr Bill Scales has held the position of Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology since 2005.

At the start of his working career Bill Scales completed an apprenticeship as a fitter and machinist, before going on to complete a Bachelor of Economics at Monash University.

In addition to being Chancellor at Swinburne, Bill is currently also Chairman of the Port of Melbourne Corporation and a Council Member of the Victorian Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He is also a member of the AICD’s National Education Advisory Committee, a member of the Expert Panel established by the Australian Government to conduct the review of Funding for Schooling, and a Member of the Veolia Australia Advisory Board. Bill’s most recent appointment is as a panel member of the newly established Victorian Government Review into Child Protection.

In 2007 Bill was commissioned by the Council of Australian Governments to chair a review of Australia’s energy industry, while in 2008 he was a member of the panel of experts that reviewed Australia’s Higher Education Sector for the Australian Government.

Bill was previously Group Managing Director, Regulatory, Corporate and Human Relations, and Chief of Staff at Telstra. While at Telstra he was Director of IBM Global Services Australia Limited, an associated entity of Telstra, a director of the Telstra Foundation and Chairman of the IT Skills Forum Industry Reference Group, IT Skills Hub Pty Ltd, and a commissioner for the Commonwealth Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.

Prior to his appointment to Telstra, Bill was Secretary to the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria from March 1998 until June 2000. In this role, he was the principal public sector adviser to the Premier of Victoria, and was responsible for leading and managing the Premier’s Department. He was also the Chairman of the Victorian State Co-ordination and Management Council (SC&MC), which comprises heads of all Victorian Government Departments, the Police Commissioner and the Commissioner for Public Employment.

While Secretary of the Premier’s Department, Bill also held many executive appointments, including being a member of the Commonwealth/State ‘Senior Officials’ group which supports the Council of Australian Government (COAG), and being the Chair of the National Energy Markets Group.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary of the Premier’s Department, Bill was Chairman and CEO of the Industry/Productivity Commission, where in addition to leading all elements of the organisation he conducted Australia’s first comprehensive inquiry into the charitable sector, as well as conducting inquiries into adding value to Australia’s forest products, workers’ compensation, the automotive industry and the black coal industry.

He has a background in the automotive industry, and from 1984–1992 was first CEO, and then Chairman and CEO of the Automotive Industry Authority, the implementation and policy development body for the ‘Button Car Plan’.

Bill has also been a member of many boards and councils including the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, the National Investment Council, the Board of the Western Hospital, and the Board of the Western Bulldogs football club.


> Complete list of Mr Bill Scales’ awards and positions