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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2019 Annual Report

We achieved a lot in 2019. Take a look at our 2019 Annual Report to find out more.

Introduction from Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean, June 2020

I’m pleased to present RMIT’s 2019 Annual Report. Since the time of writing and publication, a great deal has changed in our immediate operating environment and the world we share with the many extraordinary people and organisations who make what we do possible. We face into this new landscape determined as ever to support our researchers as they continue to shape the world we live in and to prepare our students for life and work, today, tomorrow and for the decades to come.

Annual Report 2019 Vice-Chancellor's statement

Since 2015 we’ve been implementing our Ready for Life and Work strategy, and in 2019 we continued to build on that momentum to make our bold vision a reality.

The landscape of contemporary education is constantly shifting, and the people of RMIT once again demonstrated that we can flex and adapt to ensure we do much more than keep up. In fact, in many endeavours, we’re setting the pace.

In an environment of ongoing disruption, we continue to balance the demands of the moment with a focus on the future. We have a clear understanding of what it takes to prepare today’s students for the world of work today and we’re confident they’ll be equally equipped for tomorrow.

I’m very proud of what we achieved in 2019. Guided by our three directions, some highlights include:

Keeping ‘passion with purpose’ at the heart of our mission recognises that our people are everything. To better support our staff and student community, we developed a new Health, Safety and Wellbeing strategy to shine a light on the importance of care. We also harnessed the combined energy of sport and belonging, with RMIT’s Redbacks claiming four national titles at the UniSport Nationals and taking home the coveted Spirit Trophy for a second year.

Making ‘life changing experiences’ for our students is central to the way we operate. We’ve taken more than 111,000 enrolments in Micro Creds to help students strengthen the ‘human’ skills we know are a critical differentiator when it comes to employability; and we’ve invested in flexible learning options like RMIT Online and Future Skills, where enrolments have grown 11%. We’ve also built authentic assessments into 50% of our courses across 81 core programs, ensuring our students are demonstrating their competence in an ever-changing world.

Continuing to ‘shape the world’ has helped improve our global standing with RMIT now 238th in the latest QS World University Rankings and top 400 in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. In addition to some phenomenal personal achievements by our researchers, we have also partnered with world leaders in disciplines ranging from art to technology – including the announcement by the Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan, of $31.8m in Government funding for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, to be hosted at RMIT.

Underpinning everything we do is our commitment to living our values first and I see this alive and well in so many of our 2019 achievements. From our award-winning Athena SWAN action plan to support the success of women in STEAM, to launching our second Reconciliation Plan, Dhumbah Goorowa, which lays out changes to our culture, policies, processes and systems to redefine our relationship working with and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in their self-determination journey.

It’s an extraordinary time to be part of the world of education and I’m ever grateful for the commitment of our people to the communities we serve, in Australia and around the world.

As we look towards 2020 and beyond, education is about flexibility and adaptability, and at RMIT that’s simply part of who we are. I have great confidence and enormous pride in our ability to continue to evolve and to thrive in changing times.

We’re committed to uphold the transformative power of education, to remain deeply relevant in changing times and to set the standard for what a University of today and tomorrow should be.

It’s with heartfelt thanks to our wonderful staff, students, Chancellor and Council, that we make these ambitions a reality and I look forward to continuing the journey together.

Martin Bean CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President

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