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Dianne Semmens

GradDipPol&Mgt, GradDipTeach, GradCertLeadEdTraining, BA

Director, Health, Sport & Community Services

Dianne commenced at Victoria University in 2015 and has over 15 years of senior leadership experience in vocational education at two other large Melbourne metropolitan TAFEs.

Dianne currently oversees Victoria Polytechnic's Centre for Health, Sport and Community Services, which consists of 5 teaching departments spread across 4 campuses. These departments include training entry level and existing workers in high demand industries such as:

  • nursing
  • paramedics
  • health services
  • health science foundations
  • aged care
  • disability work
  • community services
  • youth work
  • sport
  • fitness
  • remedial massage
  • early childhood education.

She plays a key role in developing Victoria Polytechnic quality assurance processes and practices to ensure currency and facilitate improved learner access, participation and completion.

Dianne has significant experience in tailoring vocational education solutions to meet industry needs. She has lived and worked as an educator in the UK and USA and is a strong advocate of experiential learning. Dianne has successfully created and led significant projects in change management, youth strategy and student engagement systems.

Her experience in senior executive roles within TAFE and her own vocational background - both as a teacher and a crisis/community services worker - drives her commitment to make a meaningful contribution to improve people’s quality of life through education and learning.

Dianne likes to seize opportunities to create and translate strategic ideas into practical workplace solutions. Incorporating Lean principles & practices into her workplace and undertaking collective problem solving with colleagues helps her to inject fresh team energy and foster productivity.

Areas of expertise

  • Client relationship creation and management
  • Contemporary teaching and learning models
  • Financial sustainability
  • Leadership and capacity building
  • Lean thinking and critical analysis
  • Project management

Contact details

+61 3 9919 8804