By Paul Kniest. The NTEU believes that the Australian public has the right to know how much it costs each of Australia’s public universities to remunerate their vice chancellors. This is especially important in the current environment, because as the academic and administrative leaders of our public universities, vice-chancellors have a powerful voice in the current policy debate in relation to the deregulation of university fees and the costs shifted onto students.
The following briefing note reports the value of the highest level of remuneration paid to a senior officer at each of Australia’s public universities as reported in their 2013 Annual reports. It does not try to answer questions like:
- why the average remuneration of vice chancellors (about $770,000) is 50% higher than the Prime Minister’s pay and about twice that paid to Ministers?
- why the level of remuneration for vice chancellors varies from about $445,000 at ECU to almost $1.1m at ACU?
- why the increase in remuneration for some vice chancellors between 2012 and 2013 as well above increases in inflation or average earnings? More...