About the Mildura Campus

Image: Dr John Cooke, Chair of the Regional Advisory Board.

For more than 20 years, La Trobe University's Mildura Campus has been transforming the lives of our students.

We are integral to the local workforce, with 87 per cent of our students staying and working locally. There are more than 1,800 La Trobe alumni living and working in the Mildura region.

Led by Head of Campus, Dr Deb Neal, the Mildura Campus staff are dedicated to our students. Many donate a portion of their salaries towards the Mildura Staff Giving scholarships. Our staff are engaged in innovative and varied research, much of which is directly related to the local region.

Our campus has a long and proud history in Mildura and La Trobe has many community champions. In 1993, the La Trobe University Regional Advisory Board was established with Brian Grogan as the founding chair. Our Benetook Avenue building is named after Brian, as he led a campaign for the establishment of the standalone site. Our current Regional Advisory Board is chaired by Dr John Cooke (pictured). Dr Cooke was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university in 2015 for his contribution to the field of natural resource management through his leadership and community service.

As Victoria's only state-wide university, La Trobe is deeply committed to its regional campuses.  The  La Trobe University Strategy for Regional Victoria was released in 2020 and details our strategic direction, as a multi-campus university.  The Mildura Campus Plan outlines our local strategy and commitment to the region.

La Trobe has appointed two community leaders in honorary roles. Dennis Mitchell, Principal of Ranfurly Primary School is an Adjunct Professor and Dean Wickham is an Adjunct Research Fellow.

La Trobe Mildura is committed to the local community and are devoted to many partnerships with local industry that benefit our students and the wider community.

Mildura is a very important part of La Trobe's history and it embodies what our university is all about.

Meet our staff

Photo of Dr Deb Neal

I am very proud to call myself a La Trobe staff member because I really believe that La Trobe University changes lives in the Mildura community. I have seen so many people graduate with a degree who are now employed locally. People who, for many, were first in their family to get a university qualification. In Victoria there are only eight regional towns that have a university campus and, of those, four have a La Trobe University campus. Regional communities thrive when they have the best resources in education, health and community services.

Dr Deb Neal
Head of Campus,
La Trobe University, Mildura
Photo of Sandra Connor

Students who complete their Bachelor of Nursing at La Trobe Mildura are highly employable. Each year our graduates are almost all offered their first choice of graduate position. While many students plan to stay and work in the local area, there are always some who wish to move outside the region for their graduate year and beyond. These students are always successful in achieving a graduate nurse position.