The Academic Board (AB) oversees the development and quality assurance of higher education courses at Academies Australasia Polytechnic (AAPoly). Experienced academics and professionals who possess academic, discipline-based expertise, academic management and professional experience sit on our Academic Board. They provide independent oversight to promote the academic quality of our programs, facilitate governance of academic processes and advise the Board of Directors (BOD) on the future strategic development of the educational activities of AAPoly.
The following are main functions of the AB:
  • to oversee academic integrity and the pursuit of free intellectual enquiry;
  • to oversee the development and review of existing and new Higher Education courses and programs;
  • to be responsible for the maintenance of the quality of teaching and learning;
  • to recommend to the BOD the granting of awards to qualified Higher Education students;
  • to be responsible for the development, application and review of academic policies;
  • to be responsible for the formulation, implementation and review of academic and educational plans;
  • to minimise, mitigate and manage academic risk; and
  • to ensure academic activities are consistent with best practice, are benchmarked (externally and internally) and are compliant with regulatory standards including the Higher Education Standards Framework and other relevant legislations.

Academic Board Charter
Tunde Meikle (Chair)
MBA, Federation University Australia; MA, University of Sydney, GradDipEd, Sydney Teachers College; BSc, University of Sydney

Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Principal Psychologist of Psychnational, Consulting. Member of Board of Directors, Ballarat Art Gallery, and Chair of their Governance sub-committee. Member of Country Fire Authority (CFA) Board. Human Research Ethics Committee member, MCD University, and Human Research Ethics Committee member, Ballarat Health Services and St John of God Hospital. Extensive lecturing experience teaching Organisational Behaviour and Managerial Decision Making within Federation University Australia’s MBA program and teaching Psychology across Undergraduate-Masters levels, providing research supervision with Australian Catholic University.
Bob O’Shea (Associate Professor)
BBus, GDBA & MBA, Swinburne University & University of Ballarat

Associate Professor, Federation University Australia, previously served as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business (Federation Business School) and lecturer in Strategic Marketing for MBA programs in both Australia and China. He has held senior roles in organisation and management development for large organisations in the Telecommunications, Oil and Gas, Tourism, and Water Industries. He was the CEO of a self-developed and managed multi-award winning resort and hospitality enterprise. Areas of specialisation include the use of Action Learning Groups to develop leaders and as the foundation for strategic change in medium to large organisations and communities; designing and facilitating large group processes to achieve strategic outcomes using ‘future search’ and ‘scenario planning’ workshops. Recent clients include BHP, National Australia Bank, BP (Exploration), National Mutual (AXA), Catholic Education Office, the Vic Govt Department of State and Regional Development ( including Industry Vic and the Office of Manufacturing), The City of Ballarat, Gekko Systems (mining equipment manufacturing) and SEM Fire & Rescue (vehicle manufacturing).
Emeritus Professor Gary O'Donovan (External)
PhD, Victoria University; GradDip (Commercial Data Processing), Footscray Institute of Technology; GradDipEd, Western Australian Institute of Technology; BBus (Acc), Footscray Institute of Technology

Emeritus Professor, University of Tasmania and Adjunct Professor in Accounting, Tasmanian School of Business & Economics, University of Tasmania. Served as Head of the School of Accounting and Finance at Victoria University, Head of School of Accounting at both University of Tasmania and Victoria University, Deputy Director of the Centre for International Corporate Governance Research, Victoria University, and Dean of the Tasmanian School of Business & Economics at University of Tasmania. Served as Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students & Education) and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement at University of Tasmania. Co-author and developer of accounting book and software package (for Prentice-Hall), used extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Established national and international standing as a researcher in the field of sustainability reporting.
Dr Mohan Dass – Academic Dean
PhD, Deakin University; MBA, University of East Asia, Macau; BA(Hons), University of Science, Penang, Malaysia; GradCertEd (Tertiary), Federation University Australia

Responsible for managing AAPoly’s Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training and the Professional Year for Accounting. Also oversees FedUni’s masters and undergraduate courses (through a partnership arrangement). Served in several key managerial roles for the State Economic Development Authority, Penang, Malaysia, and was the HR Manager of a MNC. Served as Deputy Vice President, Academic (Deakin Program), in Malaysia. Served as Program Director for the Masters of Management at Swinburne University. Experience and expertise in public and private sector management, academic promotion & management and research skills.
Cynthia Tang – Lecturer, representing teaching staff on the Academic Board
MBA, Curtin University of Technology; GradCertEd (Tertiary) Federation University Australia

Coordinates the delivery of Fed Uni courses (partner programme), the preparation of learning materials and assessment moderation as Academic Coordinator. Facilitator and lecturer of AAPoly’s own degree courses. Extensive lecturing experience in Human Resource Management and Marketing at Federation University Australia, Charles Darwin University and Holmesglen Institution. On the CPA/ICAA accreditation committee staff panel with Charles Darwin University.
John G. Adnams OAM – non-voting cross member from the Board of Directors
BCom, University of Melbourne; AAIB, Associate of the Australian Institute of Bankers

Four decades of experience in the banking industry. Served in senior positions with the Commercial Bank of Australia Limited. Company Director and consultant of Westpac Banking Corporation. President of Small Business Mentoring Service with extensive involvement in business mentoring and training. In 2013, received Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to business and commerce, and to the community.
Alumni Representative
Nominated annually from Academies Australasia Polytechnic graduates.

The Academic Board established the following committees to oversee the implementation of Academic Governance Policies, Processes and Strategies.

The Higher Education Courses Committee oversees the development of new programs and the review and improvement of existing programs to ensure all courses and programs at Academies Australasia Polytechnic are of a consistently high quality. In addition the Higher Education Courses Committee ensures that the graduate outcomes of these programs are aligned with Academies Australasia Polytechnic’s (AAPoly) Graduate Attributes, also having regard to external regulation requirements. Membership of the Committee is drawn from internal and external sources.

Terms of Reference
The Higher Education Quality Committee monitors and ensures that the structures and the delivery of programs accord with appropriate regulatory standards and align with AAPoly’s quality assurance principles, policies and the expectations of the Higher Education Standards Framework. The committee also ensures teaching practitioners, scholarly activities and learning experiences are of a consistently high quality and contribute to an optimum environment for higher education teaching and learning. Membership of the Committee is drawn from internal and external sources.

Terms of Reference