Dr Gavin Moodie


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College of Design and Social Context

Gavin Moodie

Key activities

As RMIT’s principal policy adviser since 2010 Gavin researches and advises the vice chancellor on policy relevant to RMIT and to tertiary education generally. Previously Gavin was Griffith University’s principal policy adviser (2002 to 2009), head of quality and strategy and head of student administration at Victoria University of Technology (1996 to 2002), deputy executive officer of the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (1994 to 1996), Distance education manager and manager of the open learning project at Monash University (1989 to 1993), head of secretariat and administrative officer in student administration at Deakin University (1980 to 1989), administrator and production director at the Australian Contemporary Dance Company (1978 to 1980) and administrative assistant at the University of Melbourne (1975 to 1978).

Gavin has been a sessional law teacher at Griffith University (2004-09), the University of Melbourne’s St Hilda’s College (1993) and at Deakin University (1987-89).


BA (hons), LlB (Melb), PhD (UNE), Cert IV TAA (RMIT)

Australian legal practitioner 1984 –

Professional interests/links to industry

Honorary Fellow, Association for Tertiary Education Management

Member, Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association

Member, Law Institute of Victoria

Adjunct senior lecturer, University of Queensland

Gavin is a reviewer for six scholarly journals. He has been a regular columnist for the Australian’s higher education section since 1994.


Gavin’s main interest is in tertiary education policy and particularly the relations between vocational and higher education.

Major research projects

2011-2013: vocations: the link between post-compulsory education and the labour market, funded by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (with Leesa Wheelahan, John Buchanan, Jack Keating and John Polesel).

2011: the quality of teaching in Australian vocational education and training, funded by the Australian Government (with Leesa Wheelahan).

2011: mixed sector tertiary education part 2: universities and private providers, funded by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (with Leesa Wheelahan).

2009: higher education in Tafe, funded by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (with Leesa Wheelahan).

1997: key competencies as supplementary information for non-standard tertiary admission, funded by the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (with Barry Golding, Jack Keating, Clive Vernon, Elizabeth Knowles, Pat Smith and Narelle Larney).


Moodie, Gavin (2008) From vocational to higher education: an international perspective, McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead.

Commissioned monographs

Wheelahan, Leesa, Moodie, Gavin, Billett, Stephen and Kelly, Ann (2009) Higher education in TAFE, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide, (accessed 5 September 2009), 56 pages.

Wheelahan, Leesa and Moodie, Gavin (2011) The quality of teaching in VET: final report and recommendations, Australian College of Educators, Mawson ACT, (accessed 2 February 2011), 71 pages.

Refereed articles

Gavin has published over 50 refereed journal articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries. A selection is set out below and a fuller list and many papers may be downloaded from rmit.academia.edu/GavinMoodie

Moodie, Gavin (accepted) Variations in the rate at which students cross the boundaries between Australian vocational and higher education, Australian Educational Researcher.

Moodie, Gavin (2010) Pathways and articulation into higher education, in Eva Baker, Penelope Peterson and Barry McGaw (eds) International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd edition, Elsevier, Oxford.

Moodie, Gavin (2010) Associations of universities, in Eva Baker, Penelope Peterson and Barry McGaw (eds) International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd edition, Elsevier, Oxford.

Moodie, Gavin (2009) Four tiers, Higher Education, volume 58, issue 3, pages 307-20.

Moodie, Gavin (2009) Australia: the emergence of dual sector universities, in Neil Garrod and Bruce Macfarlane (eds) Challenging boundaries. Managing the integration of post-secondary education. Routledge, Taylor and Francis, New York, pages 59-76.

Moodie, Gavin (2005) Student transfers, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide (50 pages).

Wheelahan, Leesa and Moodie, Gavin (2005) Separate post-compulsory education sectors within a liberal market economy: interesting models generated by the Australian anomaly, in Osborne, Michael and Gallacher, Jim (eds) A contested landscape. International perspectives on diversity in mass higher education, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester, pages 18-46.

Moodie, Gavin (2004) The Supreme Court of Victoria tries a bit of socio-legal analysis in reconceptualising the role of academics in Victoria University of Technology v Wilson & Ors, Griffith Law Review, volume 13, number 1, pages 225-232,

Moodie, Gavin (2004) Optimising tertiary education for innovating Australia, in Marsh, Ian (ed) Innovating Australia, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, Melbourne, pages 92-108.

Moodie, Gavin (2002) Identifying vocational education and training, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, volume 54, number 2, pages 251-267.

Moodie, Gavin (1995) An instrumentalist approach to equity, quality and opportunities for learning, Journal of Institutional Research in Australasia, volume 4, number 2, pages 1-13.

Moodie, Gavin (1993) What is bureaucratic misconduct?, Search, 24, 5, 146.

Moodie, Gavin (1993) The androgynous professional: the convergence of academic and administrative roles in Australian universities, Campus Review, volume 3, number 36, pages 8-9.

Moodie, Gavin (1993) Bureaucratic plagiarism, Campus Review, volume 3, number 10 (March 25-31), pages 10, 19.

Moodie, Gavin (1989) Towards guidelines on academic fraud, Search, 20, 2, 35-7.

Moodie, Gavin (1986) Social change, social responsibility and social action, Journal of Tertiary Education Administration, volume 8, issue 1, pages 69-81.

Papers and more information

Gavin’s full curriculum vitae and many of his papers may be downloaded from: