Australian College of Educators

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Australian College of Educators
ACE Coat of Arms
Abbreviation ACE
Motto Latin: Multa Membra Corpus Unum
("Many Members One Body")
Formation 1959
Type Professional College
Legal status Company Limited by Guarantee
Purpose Education
  • Melbourne, Australia
The Honourable Bronwyn Pike MACE[1][2]

The Australian College of Educators (ACE) is an Australian national professional association for educators.[1] Membership is open to all professional educators working in the early childhood, school, and tertiary education sectors, as well as to education researchers and managers.[3] The College advocates for its members in seeking improvements in the status of the education profession.[1] The present national President is the Honourable Bronwyn Pike, former secondary school teacher and Minister for Education in the Brumby Government in Victoria.[2][4]


The College was established in 1959 as the Australian College of Education at a conference held at Geelong Grammar School at the instigation of the then-headmaster James Darling.[5] It was renamed as the Australian College of Educators in 2002.[6] Darling was the first National President of the ACE and was knighted for his services to education and broadcasting in 1968. The Buntine Oration, a biennial invited presentation made at the ACE conference and is held alternately with the speech of the outgoing National President, was established in 1960 by the four then-surviving children of Dr Walter Murray Buntine (1866–1953) in his memory.[7][8]

The College has been based in Victoria for most of its existence; it did move to Canberra in 1988, though it has since returned to Melbourne and is presently based at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.[5] The first Jean Blackburn Oration was held their in 2014, given by David Gonski,[5] author of the Gonski Report which was an important election issue in the 2013 and 2016 federal elections.

Buntine oration[edit]

Walter Buntine had a significant role in the development of education in Victoria from his position as headmaster of Caulfield Grammar School (1896–1932)[9] and his descendants have continued to be actively involved in education. His son, M. Arnold Buntine (1898–1975), earned a PhD in education from the University of Edinburgh[10] and was headmaster of Camberwell Grammar School in Victoria and later the Hale School in Western Australia prior to World War II[11] after the war as headmaster of Geelong College.[10] Arnold was married to Gladys (Jim) Buntine (1901–1992), who was an educator in her role as Chief Commissioner of the Australian Girl Guides[12] and their son, Robert Buntine (1929–2014) had leadership roles at The King's School and Newington College in Sydney.[13] Professor Mark Buntine[14] of Curtin University of Technology is the most current of the Buntine family of educators.

The inaugural oration was given by Peter Karmel in 1962 at the third annual ACE conference.[9] The oration has been given by a series of high-profile people, including Sir Paul Hasluck[9][15] (Minister for External Affairs at the time, later the Governor-General of Australia), Sir Zelman Cowan[9][16] (while he was Governor-General of Australia),[17] Sir Michael Somare[9][18] (then-Chief Minister of Papua New Guinea and becoming the inaugural Prime Minister on independence),[19] Peter Doherty[20] (Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1996 and Australian of the Year in 1997),[21][22] Michael Kirby[8][9] (then President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and later a Justice of the High Court of Australia) and Robert French[9][23] (then the Chancellor of Edith Cowan University and later the Chief Justice of the High Court). Inaugural ACE National President Sir James Darling gave the 1972 oration of responsibility;[9][24] Barry McGaw[9][25] is the only other National President to have been so honoured.

ACE National Presidents[edit]

Term President
1959–63 Sir James Darling, OBE, FACE
1963–65 Sir Harold Wyndham, CBE, FACE
1965–67 Professor Charles Moorhouse, AM, FACE
1967–69 Professor George Bassett, AM, FACE
1969–71 Dr William Radford, MBE, FACE
1971–73 Dr William Oats, OBE, FACE
1973–75 Dr Albert Jones, AO, FACE
1975–77 Richard Johnson, FACE
1977–79 Dr Haydn Williams, OBE, FACE, FAIM
1979–81 Dr Ron Browne, FACE
1981–83 Dr Eva Eden, AM, FACE
1983–85 Professor Bill Walker, AM, FACE
1985–87 Professor Peter Botsman, FACE
1987–89 Dr Shirley Randell AM, FACE, FAIM, FAICD
1989–91 Professor Phillip Hughes, FACE
1991–93 Dr Jillian Maling, AM, FACE
1993–95 Jonathan Anderson, FACE
1995–97 Professor Barry McGaw, AO, FACE, FAPS
1997–99 Susan Pascoe, AM, FACE, FACEL, FAIM, FAICD, FIPAA
1999–2001 Dr Ken Boston, FRGS, FACE, FAIM
2001–03 Elida Brereton, FACE
2003–05 Professor Geoffrey Masters, FACE
2005–07 Professor Neil Dempster, FACE
2007–09 Professor Denise Irene Bradley, AC, FACE
2009–11 Dr Lyndsay Connors AM, FACE
2011–13 Professor Robert Lingard, FACE
2014–15 Professor Stephen Dinham, OAM, FACE, FACEA, FAIM
2016–17 Hon. Bronwyn Pike, MACE
2017–18 Professor Diane Mayer, MACE


At the national level, the College awards Fellowships to "highly valued and exemplary educators" and also gives a writing award to students of education and teaching.[26] The most prestigious award from the ACE is the College Medal, awarded to one individual annually, "to acknowledge significant and distinctive contributions to the advancement of Australian education in any field, level or sector."[26] Various awards are given by individual states and regions.[27]


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  11. ^ "Personalities in the World of Sport". The Daily News. LIV (18,519). 25 July 1934. p. 2. Retrieved 17 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  12. ^ Payten, M. (2016). "Buntine, Gladys Selby (Jim) (1901–1992)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Roberts, D.; Wickham, J.; Smee, M. (3 June 2014). "Bob Buntine: Beloved teacher coached rowers to historic victories". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  14. ^ Buntine, Mark A. (1992). Application of Ion Imaging and Laser-Induced Gratings to Chemical Dynamics (Ph.D.). Stanford University. 
  15. ^ Hasluck, P. (1964). Australia and its Neighbours. Canberra ACT: Australian College of Education. 
  16. ^ Cowan, Z. (1981). "The Buntine Oration 1980". Unicorn: Bulletin of the Australian College of Education. 7: 4–15. ISSN 0311-4775. 
  17. ^ Gordon, M.; Grattan, M. (9 December 2011). "He 'restored Australia's faith': Sir Zelman Cowen dies at 92". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  18. ^ Educational Perspectives in Papua New Guinea. Carlton VIC: Australian College of Education. 1974. 
  19. ^ "Hon. Michael Somare, MP". National Parliament of Papua New Guinea. 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  20. ^ Mathews, C. (2006). "South Australia". Australian College of Educators Annual Report – 2006. Australian College of Educators. pp. 40–41. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1996: Peter C. Doherty, Rolf M. Zinkernagel". 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  22. ^ Furphy, S. (2010). Australian of the Year Awards – A Fiftieth Anniversary History (PDF). Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  23. ^ French, R. S. (1996). Educating for Democracy: 1996 Buntine Oration. Deakin ACT: Australian College of Education. ISBN 0909587817. 
  24. ^ Priorities in Australian Education. Carlton VIC: Australian College of Education. 1972. ISBN 0909587027. 
  25. ^ McGaw, B. (2000). "International Comparisons of Expenditure in Education". Unicorn: Bulletin of the Australian College of Education. 26 (2): 18–23. ISSN 0311-4775. 
  26. ^ a b "National Awards". 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  27. ^ "State and Regional Awards". 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 

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