Federation University Australia

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Federation University Australia (FedUni) is one of the nation’s leading regional universities. With a reputation for relevance and excellence, FedUni has a strong tradition of education and training delivery spanning more than 145 years. We were the nation’s first regional, multi-sector university and are the third oldest site of higher learning in Australia.

We offer access to higher education, TAFE, secondary schooling and research opportunities. With campuses in Ballarat, Gippsland and the Wimmera, our programs are also delivered online and via a range of partner institutes across Australia and around the globe.

Federation University Australia have around 23,000 international and domestic students. We are committed to serving regional Victorian communities, yet have a broad national and international outlook. Federation University Australia offer the best of both worlds; combining a strong tradition of tertiary education with the freedom and dynamism that comes with being a multi-sector university with close links to local industry and technology.

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Federation University Australia, or FedUni is Australia’s newest University.  It is the culmination of the former University of Ballarat and the Gippsland Campus of Monash University.

Offering an increased number of tertiary programs, Federation University Australia has been created for our students. Whether you are a current or future student, from the regions or the city, an Australian or international student, FedUni is focused on you and your aspirations.

Many of you may be the first in your family to attend university. We welcome all of you to FedUni. Our vision is to create a new world of opportunities for all students, particularly those in regional areas.

Welcome, and thank you for choosing FedUni.

Professor David Battersby

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • Federation Business School
  • Faculty of Education and Arts
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Science and Technology


Federation University Australia’s history goes back to the gold rush era of the 1850s. Tertiary education at Ballarat began with the establishment of the School of Mines and Industries in 1870, making it one of Australia’s oldest tertiary institution. In 1870 the Founders Hall at the University of Ballarat was built. People such as Redmond Barry who also founded the State Library of Victoria were involved in the original establishment to create an institution of equivalent standing to a university to offer degree level courses at Ballarat.

The School of Mines had two divisions – a tertiary division and a technical division. The tertiary division provided higher education courses such as mining engineering, geology, education and business studies, while the technical division provided such programs as wool classing, plumbing and bricklaying. The organisation remained in that form until the 1960s when it was split into two institutions. The School of Mines remained intact offering technical and secondary level programs, while the tertiary division became Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education.

n the 1970s the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education was renamed Ballarat College of Advanced Education (Ballarat CAE). The Dawkins Revolution of the late 1980s saw a merger of large metropolitan colleges of advanced education with universities, and although the College struggled with the options, it chose to remain as a CAE.

Although Ballarat CAE chose not to merge with a university, the University of Melbourne allowed Ballarat CAE to become an affiliated college of the University. As of 1989, the name of Ballarat CAE was changed to “Ballarat University College, an affiliated College of the University of Melbourne“, the actual name used on graduates’ testamurs.

Desiring to be an entity in its own right, the university was formed by the passage of an Act of the Victorian Parliament in 1994, from the Ballarat College of Advanced Education.

It subsequently merged with the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries (1870) and the Horsham-based Wimmera Institute of TAFE in 1998 to create a larger University.

On September 6, 2013, the Victorian Parliament passed legislation to establish Federation University Australia, comprising the University of Ballarat as well as the former Gippsland campus of Monash University.

New students commencing their studies at the Gippsland campus from 2014 will study under Federation University Australia. Current students at the campus will be able to complete their degree as a Monash University student.

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