Mapping Professional Accreditation in Australian Higher Education

A report by PhillipsKPA on the extent and scope of professional course accreditation practices in Australian higher education.

Client Testimonials

Their greatest strength is the capacity they demonstrate to take account of the whole picture. As consultants they work always with a deep understanding of the context in which institutions or sectors are or have been operating and I would always have great confidence in any proposals they make for change.

Professor Denise Bradley AC, Chair, Review of Higher Education in Australia
PhillipsKPA delivered a first-rate outcome… [they] understood well the nature of the brief, provided a high level of financial and strategic capability to an enormously complex internal entity, demonstrated an ability to work well with senior colleagues on both academic and administrative sides and delivered a strong analysis, conclusions and recommendations that were able to be implemented.

Ian Marshman, University of Melbourne
Their analysis was thorough, multifaceted, evidence-based and referenced to a good understanding of the intent of the courses and current tertiary policy and practice.

Andrew Rolfe, NSW Department of Education
Thank you so much for your paper and the facilitation yesterday. The feedback we have received from participants is excellent and the workshop has more than met our objectives and provided a great forum for meaningful discussion

Universities Australia
This review was rigorous and the outcomes that were achieved were reflected in the report that will set the direction and targets for the strategic and annual implementation plans. If implemented they will change the culture and the work of this school.

Challenge Partner, DET School Review (2016 Cycle)
Michelle Canny and the PhillipsKPA team played a large part in the success of our proposal. Their input was well researched, professionally presented and delivered in line with the tight timeframes demanded. It is a credit to the organisation that despite a number of scope changes over the course of the project, they were still able to offer consistency of personnel whilst identifying suitable sup

Luke Osland, Senior Project Manager - Major Projects Victoria
The Associate Deans (Teaching and Learning) still regard your time with them as the pivotal turning point for them as a group and as individuals. To them it was a development highlight that has not been outdone since.

Kerri Lawrence, Consultant - Organisational Development Unit - Deakin University
For someone with little or no public profile, David Phillips is the personification of influence in higher education. From the mid-1980s, when he was an adviser on student income support, Phillips has had his finger in just about every pie in university town. He's advised two education ministers, headed the higher ed section of the federal education department and been the lead author of so many

The Australian Newspaper, 8th February 2012
PhillipsKPA assisted us in the preparation of our EIF bid, bringing previous expertise and experience to the table and guiding us in developing our thinking and the proposal. We found PhillipsKPA's advice invaluable and they were very easy to work with. As a result of this assignment we have now developed a very professional working relationship which will benefit us in other projects. I would hig

Tricia Brand, Executive Director, Division of Finance and Resource Planning - James Cook University
I highly recommend PhillipsKPA. The feasibility work that they did for UTS was outstanding. They brought a high degree of professionalism, a depth and breadth of research and incisive analysis to bear in completing a report which gave us a platform for prudent, research informed commercial decision making.

Professor John Daly, Dean, Faculty of Health - University of Technology, Sydney
I would like to thank you for your continued support of the University of the Sunshine Coast, most recently in regards to our Structural Adjustment Fund submission. Our relationship with PhillipsKPA is an important one, which we highly value and look forward to further developing.

Professor Greg Hill, Vice-Chancellor and President - University of the Sunshine Coast
I presented PhillipsKPA's Allied Health reports to the Vice-Chancellors's Committee. There was great interest in the approach and strong endorsement for doing more work on the two areas selected. So thanks again for the really useful work - a very professional approach. Your joint input has helped shape our thinking immensely.

Professor Peter Booth, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor - University of Technology, Sydney
Just a note to thank you for your very professional approach to your work with us and to congratulate you on the quality of the outcome. You have done a remarkable job in the time available. I have no doubt that the report will be a very useful starting point for Peter Rathjen's vice-chancellorship.

Professor David Rich, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Provost - University of Tasmania
To PhillipsKPA thank you for your thorough work and sound counsel, as well as challenging us to think through both our assumptions and assertions.

Professor Toni Downes, President - Australian Council of Deans of Education
Sincere thanks to the PhillipsKPA team for a well written report which will support our nursing best practice model in Queensland. This was not an easy piece of work to do, but ... (the) team delivered a quality product which will enable us to take it to the next level of consultation.

Cheryl Burns, Nursing Director - Office of the Chief Nursing Officer, Queensland Health
Phillips KPA performed a critical and significant change management role for the University ... In fact without the contribution and leadership skills of (PhillipsKPA) I seriously doubt that La Trobe would have been able to make the management transition that was achieved in 2008.

Paul Richardson, Former Vice Principal (Resources and Administration) - La Trobe University

Our Team

PhillipsKPA's capability is built on the unique breadth of experience of its consulting team.

Deborah Lampard

Deborah Lampard

Director

Deborah Lampard acts as a trusted adviser to senior education executives including Vice Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Chief Operating Officers and Chief Financial Officers at universities, TAFEs and private providers.

David Phillips

David Phillips

Director

David Phillips is widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s foremost experts in higher education management and policy, delivering higher education strategy and policy advice to the highest levels of government and institutional leadership.

John Levine

John Levine

Director

John Levine is one of Australia’s leading experts in financial management of education institutions and the intersection of finance operations with the academic enterprise.

Anne Stewart

Anne Stewart

Manager, Operations & Senior Consultant

Anne Stewart applies her financial analysis skills and general management experience to institutions across the education sector to assist them to achieve financial sustainability and operational improvement.

Craig McInnis

Craig McInnis

Principal Associate

Craig McInnis is focussed on improving educational quality and student outcomes and he does this by consulting widely across higher education, vocational education and schools.

Peter Wade

Peter Wade

Senior Advisor

Peter Wade's commercial and strategic advice is sought by institutions looking to gain competitive advantage and to respond to the most complex issues and risks.

Christine Ewan

Christine Ewan

Key Associate

Emeritus Professor Christine Ewan AM provides expert advice regarding the design and delivery of higher education qualifications and professional education programs and also practical advice regarding registration as a higher education provider.

Sue Gould

Sue Gould

Key Associate

Dr Sue Gould uses her breadth of experience as a senior university executive to work alongside senior academic and professional staff to strategise, plan and manage their operations.

Michelle Canny

Michelle Canny

Key Associate

Michelle Canny’s expertise in program evaluation, policy review and development, and analysis helps our clients to plan future directions.

Robin Buckham

Robin Buckham

Key Associate

Robin Buckham is known for her energy and passion – for business and for education. In the higher education sector, Robin’s expertise lies in the areas of strategy and brand, with operational experience in marketing and recruitment across both international and

Peter Yates

Peter Yates

Key Associate

Peter Yates helps clients to create competitive advantage in their core business, students. Peter helps organisations successfully tackle major issues such as service alignment and design, deployment of emerging technologies, benchmarking and change management.

Barbara Yeoh

Barbara Yeoh

Key Associate

Barbara Yeoh’s financial management, risk management and corporate governance skills and advice are sought by institutions in an environment of increasing expectations regarding accountability.

Bruce Chapman

Bruce Chapman

Associate

As the architect of Australia’s Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS), Bruce Chapman is a trusted key adviser to government.

Pamela Jonas

Pamela Jonas

Associate

Pam is a vocational education and training policy expert who provides analysis and advice to training providers, as they position themselves in the constantly changing training landscape, and to government, as it sets the policy and regulatory framework. 

Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton

Associate

Mark has worked on higher education funding policy for around nine years, implementing many aspects of the Transforming Australia’s Higher Education System policy statement and then modifying them in response to subsequent budget pressures.

Phil Clarke

Phil Clarke

Associate

Phil Clarke has 35 years’ experience in training, employment, industrial relations and education with the Commonwealth, Queensland, Victorian and NSW governments. 

Reina Zheng

Reina Zheng

Practice Administrator

Reina Zheng is PhillipsKPA's practice admininstrator, responsible for the smooth running of our administration.