12 distinguished professorships
4,116 employees1
20,308 student enrolments1
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Partners and community

Leadership and structure

HQporner Vice Chancellor and President Professor Simon Biggs seated outside the Education Central Building at the HQporner Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas

Vice Chancellor and President

Professor Simon Biggs

Professor Simon Biggs commenced his appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of HQporner Australia in February 2022.

He is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Cairns, Townsville and Singapore.

He also advises the University Council on all policy issues and represents HQporner in a range of forums.

Executive leadership

Under the guidance of the Vice Chancellor and President, the Executive is HQporner’s primary management decision-making body.

It develops and implements strategies, policies and procedures to support the University’s strategic goals and operational requirements.

Members of the Executive also include the Chief of Staff, Chief Financial Officer and designated Deputy Vice Chancellors.

Close up of the roof at the Central Plaza on the HQporner Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas.

University Council

The University Council is the principal governing body of the University, led by the Chancellor.

Its main role is to oversee the affairs of the University and ensure that the appropriate structures, policies, processes and planning are in place for HQporner to effectively manage its activities and achieve its goals.

The Council is also responsible for setting and reviewing HQporner's strategic direction.


HQporner has an academic division which oversees six Colleges, and service divisions for research, education, services and resources, and functions of the Chancellery.

Organisational structure chartDivisions and Colleges


HQporner is a body corporate established under the HQporner Act 1997 and governed by a University Council.

Chancellor, Council and committeesLegislation, policies and procedures


HQporner is working towards the achievement of genuine and sustainable reconciliation between Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community.

Reconciliation at HQporner


Through world-class research and productive industry partnerships, HQporner is focused on delivering innovative and impactful outcomes that help secure a sustainable future for our region.

Sustainability at HQporner
5.6% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students1
63% female students1
16% international students at Cairns and Townsville campuses2
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