About the Institute

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We provide the tertiary education sector with career and capability development through an integrated set of programs, events and projects.

Our programs are unique in that they:

  • are contextualised to the tertiary education sector
  • provide practical examples that relate to participants' own situations
  • are led by practitioners in the field
  • arm participants with tools which can be applied immediately to their workplace
  • are informed by the latest research and resources on the tertiary education sector

We became part of the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education in late 2014. Read more about our 2014-2016 strategic focus which frames our program offering.


We aim to develop more effective governance, leadership and management capacity in tertiary sector institutions, so that institutions may fulfil their missions more successfully.


To be recognised nationally and internationally as a leading centre of teaching and research excellence for the enhancement of tertiary education leadership and management.

Director's Welcome

Under the leadership of its Foundation Director, Professor V. Lynn Meek, the LH Martin Institute became known as the provider of choice for tailored and contextualised management and leadership programs for the tertiary education sector, underpinned by a strong research base. It is my pleasure and challenge to now take the Institute to the next level through reaching out to an even larger and more diverse audience, within and outside Australia, to enable them to more effectively deal with the continuous pressures for change and innovation that are so pertinent to our sector.

As a national institute, the LH Martin Institute aims to serve the entire tertiary education sectors in Australia and New Zealand. It also attempts to extend its reach into the region given both the importance of international linkages and networks, and the rapid pace of change taking place in our neighbouring countries. In doing so, we have the fortune of being able to draw upon a strong team of dedicated staff, complemented by a growing group of equally dedicated Fellows who work with us in the development and delivery of tailored programs, as well as our extensive international network of tertiary education policy and management specialists who have a long history of collaborating with us.

Although competitive pressures are very much shaping the future of tertiary education, at the core of the Institute’s development strategy is the principle of collaboration with the key stakeholder bodies in the sector. Over the past years the Institute has established good working relations with Universities Australia and TAFE Directors Australia. It delivers joint programs with the Association of Tertiary Education Management, the International Education Association of Australia and the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association. And it continues to extend these professional collaborations to optimise service delivery to the sector.

Fundamental to our approach is the establishment of professional networks which participants in our programs can draw upon to further their practice. This is why the vast majority of our leadership programs are structured around small group interaction and peer learning, contextualised to the tertiary education sector, with active participation of senior leaders from within the sector and outside of it.

Our website provides a comprehensive and detailed overview of what we do and how we do it. I hope you will find it stimulating and look forward to working with you.

Leo Goedegebuure
Professor & Director


Professor Sir Leslie Harold Martin (1900-1983)

Sir Leslie Martin was an eminent physicist who became a key higher education adviser to the Menzies government.

He was Lecturer and Associate Professor in Natural Philosophy, and then Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne (1927-1959). After leaving the University of Melbourne in 1959, he became Chairman of the Australian Universities Commission, a position he held until 1966.

During this time the Commission oversaw a rapid expansion of Australian higher education, including the commencement of five new universities. In 1961, he became Chairman of a major inquiry into the future of Australian higher education - the Committee on the Future Development of Tertiary Education in Australia - which became known as the Martin Committee.

After leaving the AUC, Sir Leslie became the first Dean of the Faculty of Military Studies at the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1967. He retired in 1971. The College established the Sir Leslie Martin Prize, which has been awarded every year since 1985, and from 1986 by the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). The prize is awarded for 'distinguished performance by a First Year Officer Cadet in First Year Physics' from all streams, that is, all Physics, Engineering and Arts students who take Physics.

Among his many other posts was Commissioner of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission (1958-1968). Leslie Martin was knighted in 1957 to honour his outstanding contributions to science.

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