Annual reports

Our annual reports record our strategic direction, activities, achievements, governance and financial position from 1 January to 31 December each year.

These reports are tabled in the Victorian Parliament and then published as a public record of the University's strategic direction, activities, achievements, governance and financial position.

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2020 Annual Report

In a year where COVID-19 challenged the world, RMIT responded with its hallmark resilience. Download our annual report to read more.

Annual Report 2020 Vice-Chancellor's statement

2020 was a year unlike any we’ve experienced and with its close, I have never felt prouder of the RMIT community.

When the pandemic threat emerged, we shifted to remote working, teaching, learning and researching within days. We rapidly deployed digital capabilities that we had been building for many years, transitioned over 5,000 courses online and established highly effective remote modes of operation.

We also held true to our promise to provide our students with transformative experiences and to shape the world for the better with research, even when life as we knew it seemed unrecognisable for a time.

We guided our people through changes required to adapt to our altered operating environment, cared for our students with financial and personal support, and ensured that everyone had somewhere to turn when times were tough.

Our community collaborated like never before to achieve some amazing outcomes:

Keeping our students and staff informed, engaged and safe. We moved quickly to put strong safety protocols in place, developed a COVIDSafe strategy and a multifaceted community action plan for mental wellbeing.

Extending census dates and fee deadlines, providing 9,000+ students with $11 million in support, working with 300+ First Nations students through Ngarara Willim, introducing 29 new online courses from RMIT Vietnam and supporting close to 23,000 students across all of our campuses complete their studies.

Supporting the pandemic frontline, RMIT and the CSIRO joined forces to design personal protective equipment (PPE) masks, our Advanced Manufacturing Precinct printed face guards for healthcare workers, and through RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs) we launched five ReStart initiatives to identify pathways for research impact post COVID-19.

Wide-ranging partnerships thrived, including an industry partnership for an Australian Space Agency grant; RMIT Online and the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) offered industry-designed online education; and with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training we’re helping to guide online education in the region.

Continuing to accelerate growth, RMIT Online’s industrypartnered short courses, Future Skills and new Graduate Certificates more than doubled in 2020. Quality continued to exceed benchmarks, including an average Good Teaching Score exceeding 80%.

Responding to workforce demands, we delivered cybersecurity and blockchain enabled courses; the Future Social Service Institute (FSSI) collaborated with industry to develop a Higher Apprenticeship scheme; and we introduced a new dedicated College of Vocational Education.

Embracing online, we supported prospective students through virtual Open Days and welcomed 21,000+ unique visitors globally, while 79% of Foundation Studies students across 10 countries completed their pathway online with RMIT Training, and RMIT Europe had 3,500+ virtual Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements.

Leading with our values we were recognised at the 2020 Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards and won Employer of the Year, Network of the Year (DGSS & Ally network), and Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion Awards. We were awarded Disability Confident Recruiter accreditation, WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the third year, finalist for four Green Gown sustainability awards, Ngarara Willim won CareerTrackers Indigenous Unit of the Year and RMIT Vietnam was awarded one of ‘The Best Companies to Work for in Asia’ by HR Asia.

RMIT’s global rankings continued to rise, now 223rd in the 2021 QS World University Rankings; 340th globally in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings; and 281st globally in the 2021 US News Best Global Universities rankings. This reflects our passion for excellence and continuous improvement.

My gratitude to our wonderful staff, students, Chancellor and Council, for all their support and commitment in a year like no other. Their combined resilience, dedication, passion and creativity, has been inspiring throughout 2020.

As we look to 2021, whatever it may hold, we know it rests on our shoulders to ensure we play our part in the social and economic recovery ahead. I have confidence that RMIT is in a strong position to contribute to our recovery and continue to deliver on our Mission.

Martin Bean CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer