Collaborative, Influential, Connected, Knowledgeable.

DASSH represents nearly 300 Deans, and Associate and Deputy Deans, from 43 universities across Australia and New Zealand. Our members lead schools and faculties that teach tens of thousands of students and several thousand scholars in the humanities, arts and social sciences disciplines. DASSH supports those who have responsibility for governance and management of research, teaching and learning across member institutions.

Find our full archive of submissions and news.

Supporting the Arts

Supporting strong leadership

DASSH supports:

  • Those within these institutions who have responsibility for the governance and management of research and teaching and learning in their universities.
  • Those who aspire to these positions through a Network of Associate and Deputy Deans (NOADD).
  • Data collection and dissemination on HASS research and teaching.

Promoting the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


  • Advocates for the roles and contributions of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and
  • Contributes to policy debates, initiatives and inquiries that impact on HASS research and teaching in universities.


ABC News interview: JRG not working

May 2023

DASSH President Nick Bisley spoke to ABC News along with UA CEO Catriona Jackson and Professor Andrew Norton. There is growing proof Job-Ready Graduates is not changing student preferences. Read the article here. 

2023 Federal Budget statement

May 2023

DASSH welcomes moves to improve financial support for students in the 2023-24 Federal Budget. While the federal government has had to balance a cost of living crisis against budget repair more support is needed to increase equity and access for vulnerable students. We look forward to the outcomes of the Universities Accord process.  Read the full statement here.

Universities Accord Submission

April 2023

DASSH consulted widely with members as part of the Accord submission process. They said knowledge will be at the forefront of Australia’s prosperity in the next few decades and universities will be at the heart of this new economy. Most importantly we have a plan for increasing participation and improving equity as we meet this  challenge. Read the submission here.

HASS grads in demand

February 2023

Humanities, arts and social sciences graduate employment outcomes skyrocketed in 2022 according to the annual QILT Graduate Outcome Survey. Read our statement here

ARC Review submission

December 2022

READ our submission to the Australian Research Council review here. We welcome the opportunity to be part of this pivotal discussion.

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