Finance

We hold overall responsibility for the effective management of financial operations within Deakin. This includes the finance function in all faculties and portfolios, and commercial management and investments.

Our focus

We focus on being a progressive enabler, providing financial and business leadership, support and oversight across the university.

Our services

Strategic and commercial finance

  • Oversight and governance of projects at Deakin
  • Commercial evaluation of all project and funding proposals
  • Provision of strategic guidance and advice in relation to commercial opportunities and investments
  • Oversight of the Deakin Portfolio Office
    Monitoring and reporting on the health and progress of project activity
  • Oversight of the development and submission of financial reporting on commercial matters for the Chief Financial Officer, Portfolio Board, Finance and Business Affairs Committee and Council.

Corporate finance

  • Accounting issues and standards advice, account reconciliation, financial compliance and internal control framework 
  • Investment and treasury management 
  • Insurance policies for the university, students, staff and relevant third parties
  • Statutory reporting 
  • Accounts payable and receivable, cashiering and fixed asset management 
  • Oversight and management of Deakin's financial systems 
  • Taxation compliance services and advice

Financial resources management

  • Production of Deakin's annual budget and three-year financial plan 
  • Framework, process and provision of advice to faculty and portfolio finance staff regarding budgets, forecasts and financial management reporting 
  • Production and analysis of university management and committee reports 
  • Delivery of accurate quarterly university forecasts 
  • Long-term financial planning and scenario modelling

Contact us

Executive Assistant to the CFO
Celia Engel
+61 3 9244 6232
Email the CFO

Director – Corporate Finance
Brian Smart
+61 3 9246 8129
Email Brian Smart

Acting Director – Financial Resources Management
David Grau
+61 3 9246 8572
Email David Grau

Director – Strategic and Commercial Finance
Tom FitzGerald
+61 3 9246 8356
Email Tom Fitzgerald