Owen Peter Coaldrake

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Professor Owen Peter (Peter) Coaldrake AO (born 1951) is a noted Australian academic and higher education administrator.


Peter Coaldrake was born and educated in Queensland, and holds a BA Honours Degree from James Cook University and a PhD Degree from Griffith University.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Professor Coaldrake has wide experience in public and higher education administration in Australia.

He was previously appointed by Queensland Premier Wayne Goss to be CEO of the Public Sector Management Commission.[2][3]

He is currently Vice-Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology and Chair of Universities Australia.[4]

Other roles[edit]

Peter Coaldrake is the chair of the Queensland Heritage Council.[3]

Critical recognition[edit]


  • Coaldrake, O.P. 1989 Working the System, Government in Queensland (University of Queensland Press)
  • Coaldrake, O.P. and Stedman, L. 1998. On the Brink. Australia's Universities Confronting their Future. (University of Queensland Press)
  • Coaldrake, O.P. and Stedman, L. Academic Work in the Twenty-First Century (DETYA, Occasional Paper Series 99-4).