op vice chancellors earn $1 million salary as student satisfaction recovers

“Vice-Chancellors have an extremely difficult job, but the salary of more than a million dollars exceeds that of the Prime Minister and departmental secretaries who have similarly demanding and demanding jobs,” Norton said. “It’s one of the drivers of resentment. There have been no major changes for several years.

The salaries of vice-chancellors have come under attack in recent years, and the university‘s Council of Chancellors last year unveiled a voluntary code that would compare the salaries of university vice-chancellors to those of senior civil servants in a bid to make their more transparent salaries.

Analysis by Macquarie University Accounting Professor James Guthrie and data collected from universities revealed that the Vice-Chancellors of the University of NSW, Macquarie University, Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney topped the list, with salaries close to or above $1 million.

A UNSW spokesperson said new Vice Chancellor Attila Brungs’ total compensation was $1.05 million, including salary and superannuation, which is less than $1.3 million in salary. million dollars from former Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs.

At the University of Wollongong, Vice-Chancellor Patricia Davidson earns a salary of $610,000, lower than her predecessor’s 2020 pay of around $980,000. At Australian Catholic University, Vice-Chancellor Zlatko Srkbis’ salary is $1.09 million, down 20% from 2019 figures. And at Macquarie University, Vice-Chancellor Bruce Dowton has a salary of $1.06 million, about 3% less than his 2019 salary.

But Guthrie said greater transparency was needed in annual reports on vice-chancellors’ salaries, not least because in the private sector listed companies must disclose the total amount paid to chief executives.

“Current annual reports do not provide enough performance information regarding exact salaries, and we cannot judge the performance of senior managers and the vice-chancellor or whether they are meeting targets,” he said. he declares.

He said the analysis shows that it is impossible to determine the actual remuneration of vice-chancellors from annual reports and that in the UK an annual survey of vice-chancellor remuneration is undertaken.

The student experience survey attributed improved grades at most universities across the country in part to a return to on-campus learning.

Nationally, 73% of college students rated their overall experience as positive in 2021, up from 68.4% in 2020.

It was still well below the positive scores of between 78 and 80% that were consistently recorded in all pre-pandemic surveys.

“This suggests that while institutions have been able to respond and adapt to some extent to the changed teaching and learning environment, challenges remain as on-campus learning and extracurricular activities continue to be curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the survey read.

Six NSW universities – UNSW, Western Sydney University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, University of Wollongong and University of Newcastle – scored below the national average, but all improved their 2020 scores.


The 2021 results showed positive grades increased more for younger students, up 5 percentage points for those under 25, which was partly attributed to some return to on-campus learning .

Local students reported a significantly higher positive rating than international students, at 74% versus 67% respectively.

Federal Education Minister Jason Clare said the survey showed the student experience was starting to improve, but there was still work to be done.

“The worst of COVID is hopefully behind us, but its impact on students is still there and you can see it in the data,” he said.

“The lives of students have been turned upside down by the pandemic. One day they were in class with friends, the next day they were in their bedroom on Zoom.

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