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Institute Council

Professor Markham Rose – Chairperson
DipT, BSS, MEd (Admin), PhD

Professor Mark Rose is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of Western Victoria. With a 30 year career in education, Professor Rose has contributed to broad range of educational settings within the state of Victoria, nationally and internationally.

Mark currently holds the position of Executive Director of Indigenous Strategy and Education at La Trobe University. In ministerially appointed arrangements he advised ministers Nelson, Bishop, Gillard and Garrett, co-chair Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Review, sat on numerous government task forces, is involved with United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York and is a delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First People.

Currently Mark is Vice President of VAEAI (Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated), Chairs the Indigenous advisory group of ACARA as well Chairs of Batchelor Institute in the Northern Territory.


Professor Boni Robertson
BSW, MSW(Q), PhD

Professor Robertson is the Professor of Indigenous Policy at Griffith University. Professor Robertson held senior appointments at the University of Queensland and was State Chair of the Ministerial Indigenous Education Advisory Committee. Professor Robertson has co-authored and authored numerous state, national and international reviews and reports relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and has extensive experience in the area of Indigenous policy, community engagement and community partnerships. She also has linkages with various representative and consultative groups, such as the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium and the National Indigenous Higher Education Network.


Ms Vicki Baylis

Ms Baylis started with the department in 2010 as Executive Director Schools and has over thirty years’ experience in the education sector across two jurisdictions. Previous appointments include Principal, District Director, Regional Executive Director, Executive Director Schools and Executive Director – School Support Services.

Prior to moving into the Chief Executive role, she was responsible for the territory wide delivery of curriculum, assessment, teaching, learning and inclusion from Transition to Year 12, in addition to vocational education and training, enrolment and attendance, wellbeing and mental health, as well as engagement and industry partnerships. Her areas of expertise include educational leadership, curriculum, teaching, learning and inclusion working across remote and urban settings to support a diverse range of communities.