Gaye Hamilton

Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University

VICState RecipientSenior Australian of the Year2022

No-one can question Gaye Hamilton’s unwavering and longstanding commitment to Melbourne’s west – whether as Chancellor or Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University, Chair of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, Board member of Western Chances, or in her many previous voluntary roles. But 2020 and 2021 were particularly challenging.

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the west of Melbourne harder than most parts of Australia and Gaye’s wise head enabled the region’s anchor institutions to navigate it successfully.

Victoria University went on to be voted number one in Australia for employability – a remarkable achievement in a sector hit hard by COVID-19.

Gaye guided the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation to redirect all programs to digital creative platforms, ensuring ongoing engagement with the community and those in greatest need, during Melbourne’s extensive lockdowns.

With generosity, humility and a team-oriented spirit, Gaye is driven by social justice, equity and respect in her drive to see barriers removed and communities thrive.