About the OEP

Based at Australia’s best-ranked university, the Office for Environmental Programs (OEP) offers Australia’s leading professional environmental graduate degree. We have over 15 years of teaching excellence, with students having access to over 200 subject options from across 12 Faculties. Almost 1500 people have graduated from the program and they are highly sought after by employers with 89% in employment post graduation. The world-leading teaching and research excellence of The University of Melbourne combined with a global alumni network makes the OEP the right choice for advancing your career in Environmental Sustainability.

Professional and interdisciplinary, our program is designed for future leaders in environment and sustainability fields. Graduates are ‘T-shaped’ professionals, possessing wide knowledge of environmental issues and comprehensive literacy in sustainability topics along with deep skills in their areas of specialisation, which can include, for example, climate change, development, biophysical science, energy efficiency and modelling, and education and social change.

Our Teaching Team

Our academic teaching team use innovative approaches to integrate the experiences of industry, local government and not-for-profit representatives into the classroom by running panel discussions and hypothetical discussions – an opportunity to connect with experts in the sustainability and environment space.  Academics also provide leadership in a number of key sustainability forums such as the Sustainability Executive, and continually engage with industry and local government via research project supervision and collaborative projects.

Our Community and Industry Advisory Board (CIAB)

We are supported by a highly experienced Community and Industry Advisory Board (CIAB), comprised of representatives from industry, local government and not-for-profit sectors. Several of the board members are OEP alumni. The CIAB offers practical and immediate insights into current workforce trends and needs, as well as facilitating student interaction with their organisations and professional communities.

Community and Industry Advisory Board Members

Ben Furmage

General Manager, Corporate Strategy, Melbourne Water

Prof. John McKenzie, AM

Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the GEP, former Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne.

Stuart McConnell

General Manager - Infrastructure and Development Services, Murrindindi Shire Council

Dr Chris Mitchell

Managing Director at Project Sea Dragon Pty Ltd

Prof. Brendan Gleeson

Director, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Prof. Aleks Owczarek

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science

Dr Turlough Guerin

Chair, AG Institute of Australia

Terence Jeyaretnam

Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services & EY Indigenous Reconciliation Leader (Ernst and Young)

Alison Stoakley

EWB Challenge Program Coordinator, Engineers Without Borders Australia

Neil Marshman

Former RIO Tinto Chief Advisor

Kate Fitzherbert

Bush Heritage Australia