Established in 2004, VERNet Pty Ltd designed and developed a fibre optic network for the Education and Research sectors of Victoria called the Victorian Education and Research Network (VERN). We are responsible for procuring and managing the network’s fibre, equipment and services. The VERN is a collaborative investment of all Victorian Universities.
Our customers are the Victorian Universities, research organisations, hospitals and other health providers, schools, TAFEs and other community and Government organisations. Please refer to the case studies for specific examples of how VERNet has helped organisations to solve business problems and deliver beneficial outcomes.
Our dedicated staff have experience in engineering, fibre optic infrastructure, telecommunications, investment evaluation, customer relations, project management and procurement with experience in both public and private sectors.
Over the last 14 years, we have procured and deployed over 2,300km of optical fibre across metropolitan and regional Victoria - that is nearly 10 times the length of the Yarra River from its source in the Yarra Ranges to where it empties at Port Philip Bay. The network connects over 300 customer sites to each other as well as to national and international broadband networks.
As our customer base grows and require increased capacity, we will be expanding and upgrading our network.
Providing Value to Shareholders and Customers
We deliver a cost-effective, fast and reliable network to our shareholders and customers. We help them to increase the capacity of their networks, expand their reach, deliver digital services and lower their telecommunication costs.
The VERN is a long-term investment in reliable and resilient infrastructure for the ongoing benefit of all Victorians.
Board of Directors
Professor Ian Young AO was Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University from 2011 to 2016 and Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology from 2003 to 2011. In 2014 he was elected Chair of the Group of Eight (Go8) Board of Directors. His research interests are in Coastal and Ocean Engineering and Physical Oceanography. He has a distinguished academic career, having published extensively and received sustained competitive research funding. Consultancies include to the US Navy and the offshore oil and gas industry in Australia, Asia and North America. He has also been a Director of numerous companies. He presently holds the position of Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.
An experienced C-level executive and board director of 10+ years, Michelle has developed her capabilities in industries including pharmaceuticals, logistics, financial services, education and travel. Initially pursuing a career in accounting and later in Information Technology, Michelle has leveraged these combined skills to facilitate significant business change and growth programs. In 2016 Michelle’s achievements in innovation, leadership and digital transformation in the travel industry were recognised through the Women in Travel (Technology) Award and by being named in the top 25 of the CIO50 Awards.
Michelle is a Fellow and Certified Professional of the Australian Computer Society, a Certified Professional Accountant, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of the Australian Graduate School of Management MBA (Exec).
Dr Bronte Adams is a Rhodes Scholar, former McKinsey & Co consultant, senior government executive, board Director and the founder of a successful consulting business. She has particular expertise in technology and telecommunications, infrastructure and procurement.
Bronte has chaired and sat on numerous public and private sector entity boards, covering the fields of science, technology and innovation, broadband, education and health. Current board appointments include:
Rhodes Trust Australia
Innovation and Science Australia
Australian National Commission for UNESCO
Bronte has led and managed public sector policy development and implementation and has advised a wide range of clients in the innovation, health, technology, science & research, startup, cultural, and education sectors.
Professor Jane den Hollander has been Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University since 2010. Professor den Hollander introduced LIVE the future, an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power, opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does.
Professor den Hollander is a Board member of Education Australia Limited and UniSuper Limited. She is Trustee and Deputy Chair of the Geelong Performing Arts Council, Chair of Skilling the Bay (a Victorian Government initiative), a member of the Kardinia Park Trust and a member of the VERNet Board. Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University.
Responsible for Buildings & Property, Human Resources, e-Solutions, Campus Community, University General Counsel, and Monash Retail. He also manages the University’s relationships with many external organisations. Career has included roles in Federal and State Government public service, including senior HR and financial management positions in Victorian Government departments.
Joined Monash in 1995 as Director of Personnel Services and was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President in August 2005.
Professor Richard Constantine is a senior executive with over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector. Since joining Victoria University in 2016, Richard has been leading Victoria University’s journey in creating a digital campus which will help students achieve their full potential through the innovative adoption of leading edge technology. With responsibilities covering students as well as the virtual and physical environment in which they engage with the University, Richard is keen to make the student experience one of engagement and fulfilment.
Richard is committed to the pursuit of excellence which has been recognised by colleagues in the ICT industry, most notably when he was awarded CIO of the year in 2014.
Professor Constantine is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.
Current role is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Australian Catholic University (ACU) and is responsible for capital planning and strategic infrastructure projects.
Previous ACU roles include Director Information Technology, Director Properties and Facilities. Prior to ACU he held ICT leadership roles with Clayton Utz, Commonwealth Bank, Zurich Australia and Deloitte.
Currently on the board of CAVAL Limited (2014) and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Previously on the board of AARNet Pt. Limited (2011-2012) and Chair of the AARNet Advisory Committee.
Byron joined the University of Melbourne in 2014 as Executive Director Infrastructure Services. As ED Infrastructure Services, Mr Collins leads the teams responsible for delivery of Information Technology and Facilities services. Prior to joining the University, Mr Collins had an extensive career in consulting and corporate leadership roles, including responsibility for a variety of shared services. His leadership career includes stints at IBM, SMS Consulting and AWB Limited, notably Chief Information Officer and General Manger Shared Services.
Providing Value to Shareholders and Customers
Delivering innovative products and services to over half a million students, staff, researchers, scientists and clinical personnel across Victoria.
VERNet is dedicated to Connectivity and Reliability
To learn more about VERNet's offerings and our future strategies, download the VERNet Annual Report 2017.Download
We rely heavily on VERNet for intercampus connectivity.Craig Warren Executive Director ICT Infrastructure View Case Study
Being able to rely on the VERNet network has allowed Murray City Country Coast to get on with the job of providing excellent GP Training for Western Victoria.Kelvin de Waele Chief Information Officer at MCCC View Case Study
Our partnership with VERNet has been a collaborative and seamless experience.Frank De Vuono Director IT & T Services at Royal Melbourne Hospital View Case Study
As VERNet is the largest legacy network provider in regional Victoria, it was obvious for us to partner with them. The project management VERNet provided was exceptional as was its attention to detail.Nick Fordham Former Executive Director Information Management View Case Study
High performance networks, digital platforms and best in class campus technologies provide our students an amazing experience and flexibility to learn anytime, anywhere consistently and securelyMr Sinan Erbay Director University Operations RMIT University View Case Study
“The services provided by VERNet for our high capacity WAN lay the foundation for some very complex and in some cases effort-based changes to the pedagogy, to provide more learner-centric courses rather than teaching-centric courses”Says Devendra Nambiar Head of Strategy, Planning, Architecture and Risk at Melbourne Polytechnic View Case Study
Our high-speed network enabled by VERNet allows ‘at desk’ provisioning of PCs and laptops for new starters. Along with Microsoft Autopilot and Intune, it has reduced a 10 hour process to 30 minutes. With almost 1000 machines per annum upgraded, managed or re-provisioned, this is a significant efficiency. It allows more time to be spent supporting staff in their critical work, deploying productivity tools, and further modernising our ICT platforms.Chris Pivec Chief Information Officer, Uniting Vic Tas Ltd View Case Study
The team at VERNet have been very responsive to what we needed.Remco Burgers ICT Manager Marcellin College View Case Study