Proposed changes for HUSS

A message from Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar.

Today marks the start of a consultation period around the proposed changes to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HuSS).

John DewarHuSS has a proud history of achievement in teaching, research and contribution to public discourse. However, the Faculty continues to face a number of significant financial problems. These problems stem from declining student demand, poor student retention and a very high number of subjects offered relative to the number of  enrolled students. It is critical that the University and the Faculty address these issues now - so that we can ensure the Faculty is positioned to create a vibrant and sustainable future.

The proposals presented for consultation cover a comprehensive process of curriculum renewal as well as an administrative restructure, so that the Faculty can meet the needs of the market, increase its revenue and contain its costs. These changes, although not driven by the proposals in World Ready: La Trobe in 2017, are designed to align with this vision of rejuvenation for the University.

These proposals have significant implications for staff as well as implications for students, the details of which are included in the Organisational Change Impact Statement (OCIS) document being released today. The University will continue to provide financial support for the Faculty throughout this process, with an expectation that the Faculty will be financially sustainable by the end of 2014. 

The OCIS document that contains these proposals is available on our Unite site (available to all staff Wednesday morning) and all staff and students are welcome to read the document and submit comments and suggestions via email to

Students can submit comments and suggestions via email to and read more about it here:

The period of consultation runs from today until COB Monday 30 July 2012. Throughout the consultation period, the University will continue to consult  with the NTEU and the Student Union. After the close of the consultation process, final plans will be developed and communicated with Faculty staff. Support will be available for staff through the Employee Assistance Program throughout this process.