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Australia is a major contributor to COL’s budget and is represented on COL’s Board of Governors. Through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), it provides support and expertise to COL’s initiatives promoting learning for sustainable development in the Pacific and other regions of the Commonwealth.

COL is contributing to several relevant development priorities for Australia in the areas of support recovery from the impacts of Covid-19, enhancing capacity and efficiency of education sectors through greater use of innovative delivery mechanisms and technology, in advancing climate action (through policy, capacity, resources and research) and gender equality and disability Inclusion.

Experts from Australia continue to provide technical advice related to ODL, OER and curriculum design for institutions in Commonwealth Member Countries.


Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL’s partners in Australia include:

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)

Key Contacts

Board of Governors

Professor Belinda Tynan
Principal, Monitor Deloitte, Education & Public Sector

Focal Point

Mr Rohan Campbell
Assistant Director, Commonwealth | Multilateral Order Branch
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Notable Mention

Ms Ali Gillies, former member of COL Board of Governors

Mr Martin Bean, CBE, COL Honorary Fellow and former member of COL Board of Governors

Prof Clifford D. Blake, AO, COL Honorary Fellow and former member of COL Board of Governors

Prof Richard Johnson, former member of COL Board of Governors

The late Professor James A. Maraj, founding COL President and CEO

Prof Som Naidu, Honorary COL Adviser

Prof Malcolm Skilbeck, member of COL’s Founding Board of Governors

Prof James Taylor, COL Honorary Fellow

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