Phillip Institute of Technology

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Phillip Institute of Technology or Preston Institute of Technology (PIT) was a well-known Melbourne art school in the 1970s and 80s; it is now known as a part of RMIT.

The Preston Institute operated out of its St Georges Road Campus in Preston in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It offered professional diplomas in Arts, Commerce, Business and Engineering. When it shifted to Bundoora and became Phillip Institute, its focus changed and it opened new faculties and made the Engineering faculty redundant.

Philip Institute was also the first Australian educational institution to offer training at undergraduate and post-graduate levels for youth workers and professionals engaged in youth affairs administration and policy development.[1]

Concetta Benn was head of the school of Social Work from 1982–1983.[2]

Further details and history can be found in the book A decade of achievement: Phillip Institute of Technology, in which Brian Carroll outlines the history of the institute between 1982 and 1992.[3]


  1. ^ Denhoim, Carey; Peter Ling (1990). "Australian Child and Youth Care: Developments in Education and Training". Journal of Child and Youth Care. 4 (4). Retrieved 28 Mar 2011. 
  2. ^ "Victorian Women's Honour Roll" (PDF). Victorian Government. 2002. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Carroll, Brian (1995). A decade of achievement : Phillip Institute of Technology. Abbotsford, Vic.: RMIT Press. p. 218. ISBN 0-7306-8752-X.