Peggy O'Neal AO

BA(VPI), JD(UVA), HonLLD(Swinburne), FAICD

Appointed by the RMIT Council
Chancellor (ex-officio)

Peggy O’Neal AO has been Chancellor of RMIT University since January 2022.

She has a lifetime of community and business achievements. This includes being on the board of the Women's Housing Ltd and Dementia Australia Network, a member of Victoria’s Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality from 2017-2020 and convenor of the Minister’s Change Our Game Champions program until July 2018.

She has been President of the Richmond Football Club since 2013 and serves on the AFL's Mental Health Steering Committee and the Australian Institute of Sport Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Advisory Committee.

Peggy is a consultant to Lander & Rogers, specialising in superannuation and financial services law, and was previously a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. She is chair of Vanguard Superannuation, a director of Infrastructure Specialist Asset Management Limited, VicHealth and the Fulbright Australia Commission.

She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

In 2018, Peggy was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Swinburne University. In 2019, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her service to football, superannuation and finance law and for the advancement of women in leadership roles. Peggy was also named Melburnian of the Year 2021, and in 2022, was appointed Chair, Commonwealth Games Victoria 2026 Organising Committee.

Council Committee Memberships (ex officio)

  • Nominations, Remuneration and People
  • Infrastructure and Information Technology Committee
  • Audit and Risk Committee
Portrait of Peggy O'Neal Peggy O'Neal AO, Chancellor
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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 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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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.