In 1983, NSW’s then Minister for Technology, the Hon P D Hills, invited the University of New England to undertake a study on technology transfer with particular focus on the potential for biotechnology.

UNE Technology Transfer (UNETT Pty Ltd) was eventually set up in May 1986 with a regional development grant of $1 million to commercialise the products of research of the University of New England.

By 1991 the company’s brief extended to commercialising University units of study marketed to a full fee paying audience. The company name was changed around this time to University Partnerships Pty Ltd to better reflect its broader activities.

Additionally, several research projects  were being developed at this time across geophysics, sciences and natural resources within the Technology Transfer division of our company.

In 1996, the then Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Bruce Thom, decided to merge the University’s Office of Continuing Education with University Partnerships Pty Ltd. Around the same time, the enlarged company was renamed UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd to better identify it with its owner. At that time, the technology transfer activities of the company ceased and specific projects were transferred back to the University of New England or to other operators.

Around this time, the government agenda on vocational and professional training was also changing. The vocational sector in particular was opening up to private colleges in competition with TAFE; those private colleges became registered private providers and later ‘Registered Training Organisations’ (RTOs) with qualifications recognised across an Australian Qualifications Framework, nationally and internationally.

A strong case was put to the Board of Directors of UNE Partnerships that the company should become a registered provider and look to have its own nationally recognised qualifications.

In 1999 UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd became a Registered Training Organisation, accredited with VETAB NSW. The company successfully went through re-accreditations in 2002 and 2007. Re-accreditation with the national regulator, the Australian Skills  Quality Authority (ASQA) was achieved in August 2012.

We now have twenty-eight staff employed at the company’s head office in Armidale, with access to approximately eighty trainers, assessors and consultants located across Australia and overseas.






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