Ms Julie Macpherson


Casual VE

School /
Work Unit

Vocational Business Education

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 1610


Building: 080
Level: 05
Room: 037

City campus


College of Business

Julie Macpherson

As Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching) Julie is responsible for strategic and scholarly leadership in program quality and development and oversight of School planning, performance monitoring and quality assurance related to learning and teaching. Julie is responsible for the continuous improvement of teaching quality and standards and the School’s ongoing compliance with VE and HE regulatory/governance requirements.


Julie has been involved in learning and teaching in a range of educational and industry settings for close to 30 years. Julie is experienced in the development, delivery and management of curriculum and competency-based frameworks and designed learning programs for diverse learner cohorts across secondary, tertiary and commercial sectors. Julie has strong links to industry having worked in marketing, educational resource development, database design and customer service.

Julie believes that a key focus in education should be not so much on the latest pedagogical thinking but on how we know that our pedagogy is actually making a difference to student outcomes. Therefore she has been looking at ways to gather and use quality evidence to inform educational interventions and ensure improved, measurable learning outcomes for students. There have been many fads and fashions in education over the years and it is easy to get caught up more with the method than the outcomes. Using techniques such as meta-analysis and pre and post testing of student learning, we can target interventions that work and avoid those that have little or negative impact.

Key activities

Key aspects of Julie’s role include:

  • Capacity building in innovative training responses to trends in the VE and HE sector trends
  • Advocate for the implementation of academic policy and procedures particularly aspects of the quality assurance of programs and their delivery
  • Leadership in the management and effective delivery of the programs offered by the School,
  • The provision of reports and advice to the Head of School and School Executive on student progress and outcomes, program standards, educational research and strategic policy directions for learning and teaching
  • Chair of the School’s Program Assessment Boards
  • Oversight of the of new programs development, amendments to programs and discontinuation of existing programs
  • Leadership in and advocacy for best practice in program design, delivery, assessment and work-integrated learning
  • Advice and assistance for programs in the monitoring the comparability and equivalence of standards (when required)
  • Leadership of compliance within the School with regulatory requirements including TEQSA, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), and other requirements related to Australian and international education.


  • Master of Education (Instructional Leadership) – University of Melbourne (2014)
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (TAE) – Melbourne Polytechnic (2010)
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development (Education and Training) – Victoria University (2009)
  • Diploma of Training and Assessment – Melbourne Polytechnic (2009)
  • Graduate Diploma Software Development – RMIT (2004)
  • Bachelor of Education - The University of Melbourne (1984)
  • Bachelor of Arts/Diploma of Education – La Trobe University (1979)

Industry experience

Recent Professional Development

  • Grading in a competency framework (webinar) - 2015
  • EduTECH VET Leaders Congress – 2015
  • Essentials for the Internal Auditor - 2014
  • TAFE Development Centre Teaching & Learning Conference – 2013


  • RMIT Teaching and Research Award – 2014 for “Programs that Enhance Learning”

RMIT Committee Memberships:

  • VE Committee
  • Business Education Committee
  • VE Quality Working Group
  • Associate Degree Network