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The Australian College Team

Meet the passionate people behind your College

Led by Jaye Richardson, CEO, the staff at Australian College, are a passionate group of professionals that work together for a common cause - your success.

From our IT staff, trainers and assessors, student services and administration staff, we pride ourselves in delivering the very best of customer service.

Jaye Richardson

Chief Executive Officer

Jaye is the CEO of the Australian College. An outstanding Manager and Leader in her field, Jaye was the former National Manager of the Fitness Institute Australia (FIA), for over 12 years until its sale in 2010.

Jaye's main focus and drive has always been product driven, specialising in offering the very best student service and quality education possible. Testament to this is that fact that Jaye was famous for her ability to actually know the first name of every student that enrolled in a course (over 30,000+), during her 12 years at FIA.

Since 2010, Jaye has completed a number of vocational education courses herself and as a former track and field athlete decided to re-ignite her passion for running, it was on one of her many runs that Jaye came upon the idea to purchase a small college that she could mould into her idea of a student friendly, quality education course provider, hence the new Australian College was born.

In a very short time, Jaye finds herself the CEO of an extremely busy college that provides several thousand students with a quality experience across 10 faculties and around 100 courses under the watchful eye of over 60 staff, encompassing administrators, tutors, trainers, lecturers, assessors, course developers and compliance officers.

Her main focus is being able to deliver the best quality education at a reasonable cost. In this respect Jaye has managed in only the last 12 months to have developed a completely new virtual online campus, learning management system, new website and online database.

All course materials are being brought up to date, the college has a fresh new look and new home, with many new specialist courses, such as: Dual qualifications, skill sets and an array of professional and personal development courses.

Australian College Administration Staff

Brodie Richardson

Administration Officer

Franky Tham

Information Technology Manager and Trainer

As the IT manager of Australian College, Franky oversees project management for all IT projects, develops project specifications, performs staff training, sets strategic plans to reach the milestones in line with the overall IT strategy. His extensive understanding of the role of IT in various facets of business operations and his expert knowledge in a range of IT products and services enables him to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the Australian College team through the use of various technological solutions.

His strong commitment to deliver the best quality IT systems for the benefits of all staff and students, and his innovative solutions to various IT issues have reshaped the role of IT at Australian College. This has resulted in the seamless integration between the IT systems and various aspects of daily activities of other departments in Australian College.

Franky has overseen a major upgrade of all hardware and software and has also launched a new Online Learning Management system, Student Management System and integrated web-based platform.

VET Education
ICT20115 Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology, TAESS00001 Assessor Skill Set

Academic Faculty

Dr Paul Batman PhD, MSc., BSc., Dip Ed., DipPhysEd

Director of Education

Paul has over 20 years' experience in the vocational education sector as a business owner, lecturer and course developer. Originally Paul worked for many years as a Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sports Science and Physical Education at Universities throughout Australia, including UNSW and ACPE and is well recognised in the fitness industry having lectured to over 30,000+ prospective fitness trainers in a variety of settings.

Paul is widely known throughout the fitness industry as a "walking encyclopaedia" and the "father of fitness". Apart from co-authoring most of the fitness texts currently used by a host of other course providers, he has authored over 10 books and 100 magazine and journal articles. He has also presented at major international conferences in Australia, USA, Canada and the United Kingdom over the past 30 years.

After selling Australia's pre-eminent fitness education provider the Fitness Institute Australia (FIA) in 2010, with his business partner Andrew Richardson, Paul has been extremely busy researching and developing a range of exciting new educational materials for a range of courses here at the Australian College.

Dr Batman's main current research interest is in: NEAT (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis). In recognition of his contribution to the fields of education, exercise science, health and fitness at the tertiary and VET level, Paul was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 by Fitness Network.

VET Education
SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, SIS40210 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30210 Certificate III in Fitness and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Andrew Richardson MExerSc (Strgth&Condt), MSpSc., BSpSc., AssDipAppSc., Olympian

Director of Education

Andrew has over 20 years' experience in the vocational education sector as a business owner, lecturer and course developer. Previously Andrew worked for many years as a National Coach/Team Manager and State Coaching Director for the sport of Judo. He has also worked as a sessional lecturer in Exercise Science at the UNSW and UWS and is a well-known, popular presenter in the fitness industry, having delivered both practical and theoretical presentations to over 40,000 fitness/personal trainers in a variety of settings. He has also presented regularly at international conferences in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom.

A former athlete in the sport of Judo, his competition record is formidable, including; 7 x Australian Middle Weight (86kg) and 3 x Open Weight National Judo Champion, Oceania Judo Champion, Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist, Pacific Rim Silver medallist (the first Australian male to achieve this). Andrew competed in numerous European Opens, 3 x World Championships and an Olympic Games (L.A., 1984) and was the sectional manager of the 1990 Commonwealth games team. Andrew represented Australia for over 15 years on the international stage and during this time he lived, studied and trained in many countries, including; Japan, South Korea, Austria, Germany and the UK.

After selling Australia's pre-eminent fitness education provider the Fitness Institute Australia (FIA) in 2010, with his business partner Dr Paul Batman, Andrew has been extremely busy researching and developing online course materials and resources and has been integral in the development of the Australian College website, online learning platform (Creatine) and the online student database. His main research interest is: Exercise Programming and Prescription for various populations (Children and the Elderly) and in 2014 completed his second Masters degree in Exercise Science.

VET Education
SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and BSB20115 Certificate II in Business

James Raftos

Lecturer and Trainer

James Raftos is an Elite Personal Trainer and Resistance Training Coach in Sydney's Eastern Suburb of Coogee. James works from the world famous Titan Fitness Coogee Beach. James is also a fitness lecturer at Australian College. James commenced his lecturing career in 2004 and has taught consistently to thousands of students to this present day.

With a long history in the fitness industry, James commencing his fitness career at age eleven in a gym called "Giles" at Coogee Beach as a general helper after school, he also commenced training with Taekwondo and he has acquired his third dan degree black belt. At the same time, he commenced Resistance Training and was working hard in the gym to gain strength and power to compliment his sport. James has not stopped training since. James's training also included Power-lifting, Gymnastics, and boxing. James possesses a diversity of physical attributes and his natural ability as presenter and entertainer gave him the tools to become a live action stuntman. In 2002 James performed over 250 live performances.

James studied his Fitness Courses Certificate III, IV and The Diploma of Fitness with the original; Fitness Institute Australia (FIA). With over 40 years of training and involvement in the health and fitness industry James comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience that he enjoys sharing all with students.

VET Education
SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Katie Turner B.App Economics and Marketing, AssDip Business Management

Lecturer and Trainer

After completing a degree in Economics and working in the corporate field for 2 years, Katie decided to pursue her love of health & fitness and made it her career.

Katie worked as a gym floor instructor with LivingWell Health clubs before opening her own Personal Training studio on the north shore of Sydney, which she owned and operated for 5 years. Alongside Personal Training, Katie delivered Group Fitness classes for a number of Fitness First and independent clubs.

In 2011 Katie decided to enable others on making wellness their career and has been a fitness lecturer for various organisations such as Fitness Institute Australia (FIA), even assisting in the development of a Diploma Fitness Business. Katie has also been the primary trainer for career partnerships, developing professional athletes into Personal Trainers post career e.g. Manly Sea Eagles, Penrith Panthers, Swimming NSW.

Katie launched Global Lip Service this year, an online platform similar to TripAdvisor but for the health and wellness sector! Katie is also busy delivering business workshops to those in the wellness sector.

VET Education
SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Anthony Turri B.Human Movement (Exercise Science), GradDipEd.

Lecturer, Trainer and Assessor

Anthony is an accredited Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Scientist, Remedial Massage Therapist, Senior Management Professional, and Entrepreneur. He is a highly respected lecturer in the fields of massage, business, and exercise science. He has a wealth of knowledge in the massage arena, having worked with numerous national teams, Olympians, professional athletes, business leaders and many stars of sport and entertainment.

Anthony has had the pleasure to work with and has employed a range of health professionals including; doctors, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, remedial massage therapists, personal trainers, coaches, naturopaths, and dieticians. He has also owned and operated a range of businesses and practices over the years, which have all influenced who he is today.

Some of his businesses include Turrific Health Services, which was the first-ever massage clinic in an Australian airport; The Healthcare Group - a national corporate healthcare organisation and multi-disciplinary practice; Multimedia Health, the creators of Chair Massage App; and his latest project – Biz 24/7; creators of Practice Manager 24/7 and Fit Biz 24/7; an online software program that provides all of the tools a health and fitness professional will need to start and run a successful business.

His vision, management, and directorship have lead to the birth, growth, and sale of a range of successful businesses.

VET Education
HLT50307 Diploma of Remedial Massage, SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Sarah Fava B.Ed. (Primary Education)

Lecturer, Trainer and Assessor

Sarah Fava is a self-directed, respected professional with over 15 years' experience in education and community service, including many early childhood, preschools and primary schools across the country. A dedicated, resourceful and goal-driven professional educator, with a solid commitment and proven aptitude of how to accommodate every child's learning styles and abilities. Sarah is a highly motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated education specialist who is committed to, and thrives on, sharing her expertise with future educators.

During her professional teaching career, Sarah shone as a talented teacher, committed to maintaining high standards of education with an emphasis on developing the skills of all her pupils. She is an approachable person who welcomes all opportunities to meet and work with new people and is accustomed to working in a multicultural environment that emphasises inclusion. Sarah is accomplished in developing curriculum, as well as conducting teacher training and parenting programs. Her interest in learning and presenting new philosophies saw her take on many leadership opportunities to advance her own repertoire of skills, and those of her colleagues.

Sarah has superior interpersonal and communication skills to foster meaningful relationships with students, clients and colleagues. She is knowledgeable in professional ethics, standards of practice and the care and education of young children.

Sarah has capitalised on her passion for, and extensive understanding of, children, education and fitness, by running a successful small business. She made the most of her opportunities to deliver a unique sports coaching & development programme for children aged 3 - 12 years old, through private coaching sessions and several preschools and primary schools. She skilfully helped a diverse range of children advance their fundamental skills, fitness and most importantly develop a love of playing sport. During this time, Sarah was an outstanding mentor, aspiring many coaches and helping them establish a career in the industry.

VET Education
CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care, CHC50113 Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care, BSB20115 Certificate II in Business and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Other Qualifications
CPR Training, Anaphylaxis Training, e-Emergency Care, Minds Wide Open - Critical & Creative Thinking Across Childcare Curriculum, and Understanding Personalised Learning & Support Across Childcare Curriculum

Rob Devereux MPhys., MSc (ExSc & Nutrition), BA (Sports Studies)


Rob was raised in Hong Kong and has worked in the fitness industry his entire adult life, both in Asia and Australia. His sporting achievements were primarily centred on swimming and he competed at an international level throughout his school years which helped foster his interest in Exercise Science. His continual thirst for knowledge led Rob to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Sports Studies, a Master's degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science and most recently a Master's degree in Physiotherapy.

Rob's professional achievements include being solely responsible for developing and implementing the fitness training curriculum for a large chain of gyms in Asia during his tenure with the company from 1998 – 2007. He was also the first person in Hong Kong to develop a comprehensive personal trainer course in 1994, preparing students to sit the American Council on Exercise, Personal Trainer exam.

His commitment to education led to him being honoured with the AsiaFit “Asian Fitness Professional of the Year” award in Nov 2002 for his outstanding contributions to the Asian fitness industry. Subsequently he became a highly sought after presenter at international fitness conventions and corporate health events and wrote numerous articles for regional press on exercise and health related topics.

Outside of education, Rob has been involved in the set-up of more than 30 gyms in Asia and Australia and is still contracted to project manage gym set-ups in both regions.

Currently, Rob is a practicing physiotherapist, personal trainer and massage therapist.

VET Education
SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, Certificate IV Massage, Certificate IV in Teaching and Education, Certificate IV in Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Kevin Troeger BHMSc (ExSc)


In 25 years Kevin, has been involved in nearly every aspect of the Fitness Industry which has developed into a deep passion for training and educating people to achieve their goals.

A keen swimmer in his younger years competing at Metropolitan, State & National titles. Staring at a black line for 11 sessions per week and constantly smelling of chlorine caused him to move away from the pool and focus on his biggest sporting passions -Basketball and Martial Arts.

At 19, he suffered a serious lower back injury that incapacitated him for almost a year and was unable to walk, sit or lie down for extended periods without excruciating, debilitating pain. Osteopathy helped him on the road to recovery and highlighted the importance of good posture, correct strength training & flexibility.

His journey into correct postural alignment & functional efficiency began and this has been an ongoing area of focus & development for the past 23 years.

Kevin has now run his Personal Training business for almost 20 years. He was contracted to supervise the SOCOG training facility, trained Olympians and several celebrities in the entertainment industry, but takes most pride in having assisted people achieve their health & fitness goals, including rehabilitation from injury.

A Martial Arts practitioner since his early teens, Kevin has trained in many different styles but has been practising Wing Chun Kung Fu for over 16 years.

For over 12 years as a lecturer in Fitness, Kevin has helped thousands of people gain the skills & knowledge needed to become certified and successful Personal Trainer.

VET Education
SRS30306 Certificate III in Sports Coaching, SRS40206 Certificate IV in Sport Coaching, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

Dana-Lee Mierowsky Bennett Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education

Trainer and Assessor

With a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from The University of New South Wales, along with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Teaching By Distance Qualification, Dana-Lee has over ten years teaching experience across a range of New South Wales Primary and High Schools and tutoring numerous students privately and with Top of The Class Tutors.

Dana-Lee's experience as a trainer in Education Support has seen her work as an assessor at Open Colleges and The Open Training and Education Network.

Dana-Lee's work as a Screen and Media distance educator at The Open Training and Education Network has encompassed writing course materials, creatively leading course development, overseeing course writers, training and assessing.

Dana-Lee's work in film and television and award winning short films have led her to work as a face to face trainer and assessor, where she has written and delivered nationally accredited courses in directing, acting, production management and film production at North Sydney TAFE, Sydney Theatre School and Sydney Film School. Dana-Lee currently works for Teacher Training Australia, educating teachers how to make films.

VET Education
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Dr Mark Deaves Master of Osteopathy, Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy)


Attaining peak physical performance in sport, as well as life, with minimal intervention has always been a core focus for Mark. Before becoming a well regarded Osteopathic practitioners Mark served as a Navy Clearance Diver in the Australian Defence Forces, as well as a personal trainer, gym manager and lecturer in the fitness industry.

Mark's extensive training as well as past experience enables him to achieve excellent results with his patients in reducing pain, postural correction, injury rehabilitation and prevention as well as improved biomechanics.

Mark has always had a passion for sport and exercise. He represented the Navy in Rugby, Pistol shooting and netball. Since his navy days he has competed in natural body building, triathlon and A grade road cycling. Currently Mark enjoys a mix of running, cycling and weight training between work and dad duties.

VET Education
Diploma of Exercise Science, Certificate III & IV in Fitness - Personal Trainer, Enterprise Trainer - Presenting Skill Set

Corey Green MExerSc (Strgth&Condt), BSc, Level 2 ASCA


Corey has been employed as a personal trainer since 2007, by 2011 he had started his own personal training/strength and conditioning business, being responsible for developing and designing resistance training and cardiovascular-based sessions and programs to a wide variety of populations.

Corey has since completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, which then lead him to complete a Master's Degree in Strength and Conditioning in 2013. While undertaking his Master's Degree, Corey ran a successful business, attained a position as an assistant strength coach at West Perth Football Club as well as at the Western Australian Institute of Sport dealing with junior international water polo players.

Part of Corey's Bachelor of Science was undertaken abroad at the University of Calgary in Canada where he worked closely with winter Olympic sports and helped trained some of the nation's best athletes, giving Corey a diverse exposure to both winter and summer sports along with experience at the Olympic level. He has also worked alongside some influential strength and conditioning coaches at Fremantle Football Club, Australia's highest level of completion for Australian Rules football. Corey has recently completed his Enterprise Trainer/Presenter Skill Set.

VET Education
Certificate IV in Fitness - Personal Trainer, Enterprise Trainer - Presenting Skill Set

Simone Hayes

Practical Lecturer

Simone has run a successful business since 2006, offering outdoor group fitness classes at various bush, urban and beach locations, as well as individualised personal training. She has a Cert IV in Personal Training, is registered with Fitness Australia and has received the nationally accredited Statement of Attainment - Enterprise Trainer and Assessor Skill Set.

Simone has completed countless general industry courses as well as specialist courses on nutrition for exercise, training older adults, diet, and clinical exercise prescription. With a keen personal interest in trail running, endurance training and nutrition for competing, Simone is also an accredited Athletics Australia Level 2 Recreational Running Coach.

Simone provides her clients with comprehensive fitness and nutrition education, empowering them to see their health and fitness as a long term project - not a quick 'fix' venture. She encourages clients to get out of their comfort zones by trying new activities – and has always led by example.

Simone believes that training in groups encourages great community spirit, team work and enthusiasm, which leads to trying new things together, creating active lifestyles and friendships which aid in long term exercise adherence.

Simone has constructed, developed and marketed several innovative programs including an online running coaching business, a gourmet calorie controlled meal delivery service, a 10 week weight loss and exercise program, beginner and advanced runner's clinics, runner's workshops tailored to specific races, BeachFit and other regular programs.

Prior to starting in the fitness industry almost 10 years ago, Simone achieved significant success in sales and marketing roles, and has formal management and marketing qualifications. She brings a diverse skill set to lecturing, and is passionate about helping new trainers understand the complexity of personal training as well as the important business/marketing side of the industry - so they can achieve long term success in the industry.

VET Education
Certificate III and IV in Fitness and Enterprise Trainer/Presenter Skill Set.

Amy Lee Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, CPA Australia: "Fellow"

Trainer and Assessor

Amy holds an MBA from AGSM, a Fellow of CPA Australia and graduated at UNSW with Bachelor of Commerce (Merit). She was a Principal Consultant and Founder of two CPA Public Accounting Practices - Acting Management and Cohort Partners. Prior to that, she was the Commercial Director at Medacs Healthcare Group and Director of Finance, Asia Pacific with Odgers Berndtson.

In an executive capacity, Amy has over 15 years of qualified financial and management experience in strategies implementation, change management, due diligence, management and financial reporting, cash flow management, business development and business expansion especially in the Asia Pacific. She has successful track record in operational management in IT, HR and administration, by creating a productive environment and effective resource management to allow for growth.

Amy has a long history in teaching and very passionate in passing her skills and knowledge to the next generation. She is currently a Professional Year Trainer with Navitas Professional and a Sessional Lecturer at Curtin University and Macquarie University teaching Accounting and Business.

VET Education
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Alexandra Richardson BNursing (Clinical Hons)

Assessing/Tutoring/Mentoring Staff

Alex has been working in the fitness industry for over 7 years as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor while also working as an Operating Theatre Nurse in several hospitals across Sydney and Brisbane.

Alex developed a passion for teaching Pilates after completing Matwork, Reformer and Cadillac teacher training courses through Elixir Health Clubs and Studio Pilates International as well as numerous pre and post natal specialisation courses.

She currently utilises Pilates with a wide range of populations and has a particular interest in working with pre and post natal clients, athletes and those recovering from injury.

Alex is committed to ongoing professional development in order to keep up with the latest research and further develop her skills as a Pilate's instructor and is currently undergoing a Certificate IV TAE course in order to teach and assess other Fitness Professionals.

VET Education
SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, SIS40210 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30210 Certificate III in Fitness and currently completing TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Advanced Pilates Instructor

James Wallace BSc (Sport and Exercise)


James has been the Director of Active Solutions exercise clinic since 2011. As the business evolved and additional services were being provided, he made the decision to open a new company, Return 2 Work, a multidisciplinary pain management and rehabilitation clinic specialising in Workers Compensation.

James is very keen on continuing education and has recently become accredited with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners to develop and deliver courses to Doctors.

James enjoys a variety of physical challenges. He has competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Power lifting and this year completed his first full marathon.

VET Education
SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, HLT50307 Diploma of Remedial Massage, HLT40312 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice, SIS40210 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30210 Certificate III in Fitness, BSB40407 Certificate IV in Small Business Management, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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