Policy Redesign Project

All policies and procedures are being reviewed as part of this project. This document is pending review, but remains in effect until the review is carried out.

Academic Dress Procedures

Establishment: Council, 13 December 1991 

Last Amended:

Vice-President (Corporate Services), 2 November 2016
Nature of Amendment: Restructure and addition of reference at clause 2.4
Date Last Reviewed:
October 2016
Responsible Officer:
University Secretary

1. Legislation/Policy Supported by these Procedures

These procedures have been developed to support Statute 7.9, Academic Dress.

2. Procedures

2.1 The following table sets out the requirements for academic dress:

Level of Award 

Gown 

Hood 

Cap

Undergraduate Diplomas (including Associate Diplomas and University Preparation Diploma)  a plain black gown with open sleeves, slit vertically from the shoulders and caught together at the bottom of the slit  a rounded cape of dark blue without a liripipe, lined with white  a black trencher cap with a black tassel
 
Bachelor  a plain black gown with open sleeves, slit vertically from the shoulders and caught together at the bottom of the slit  a rounded cape of dark blue without a liripipe, lined with white and having coloured piping to the width of half an inch, except for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (see below)  a black trencher cap with a black tassel
 
Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas  a plain black gown with open sleeves, slit vertically from the shoulders and caught together at the bottom of the slit  a rounded cape of dark blue without a liripipe, lined with pale blue  a black trencher cap with a black tassel 
Masters  plain black gown with glove sleeves, having horizontal slits to free the arms  a rounded cape of dark blue without a liripipe, lined with pale blue and having coloured piping to the width of half an inch  a black trencher cap with black tassel
Doctors of Medicine/Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery  a plain black gown with open sleeves, slit vertically from the shoulders and caught together at the bottom of the slit  a rounded cape of dark blue without a liripipe, lined with apple green  a black trencher cap with a black tassel
Doctors of Philosophy  a gown of dark blue with short wide sleeves, the gown and sleeves faced with scarlet to the width of three inches  a rounded cape of dark blue without a liripipe, lined with scarlet  a black trencher cap with dark blue tassel
 
Doctor of the University  a gown of scarlet with short wide sleeves, the gown and sleeves faced with the same colour as the piping of the hood to the width of three inches  a rounded cape of scarlet without a liripipe, lined with sea blue and having a silver beige piping to the width of half an inch  a black velvet bonnet with silver cord and tassel 
Doctors (other than Doctors of Philosophy, Doctors of the University and Doctors of Medicine)  a gown of scarlet with short wide sleeves, the gown and sleeves faced with the same colour as the piping of the hood to the width of three inches  a rounded cape of dark blue without a liripipe, lined with scarlet and having coloured piping to the width of half an inch  a black velvet bonnet with dark blue cord and tassel 
Companion of the University a gown of dark blue with short wide sleeves gold stole embroidered with the University crest - no hood a black trencher cap with dark blue tassel
Members of the Council and Boards of the Faculties who are not graduates a gown of dark blue with short wide sleeves no hood no cap
Chancellor
(academic dress as approved by Council from time to time)
blue figured satin damask, with gold braid and black velvet facings on front of gown no hood a black velvet bonnet with gold tassel
Deputy-Chancellors
(academic dress as approved by Council form time to time)
blue figured satin damask, with [less elaborate] gold braid and black velvet facings on front of gown  no hood a black velvet bonnet with gold tassel
Vice-Chancellor
(academic dress as approved by Council from time to time)
blue figured satin damask, with silver braid and black velvet facings on front of gown no hood a black velvet bonnet with silver tasel

2.2  Following approval of the introduction of new courses, the Graduation Officer will review the available piping colours and, consulting where appropriate make a recommendation at least annually to the University Secretary for approval.

2.3  The following table sets out the colour of the piping for each area of study or discipline:

Piping Colour Area of Study/Discipline                                    
Gold Applied Geographical and Information Systems, Applied Population Studies, Archaeology, Arts, Creative Arts,Cultural Heritage Management, Environmental Management, Justice and Society, Languages, Media, Tourism, Doctor of Letters
Mauve Biodiversity, Computing Science, Environmental Science, Information Technology, Nanotechnology, Natural History Film Making, Sciences, Water Resource Management, Doctor of Science
Dark Red Business, Economics
Campus Grey Accounting, Banking and International Finance, Commerce, International Business Administration
Tangerine Education, Teaching
Scarlet Social Work, Social Planning
Cerise Behavioural Sciences, Psychology
Purple Theology
English Green Policy and Administration, Public Administration, Government and Management
Ming Blue Applied Gerentology, Clinical Rehabilitation, Health Service Management, Health Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutritional Science, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Palliative Care, Physiotherapy, Public Health, Remote Health
Dusty Pink Liberal Studies
Brick Red Midwifery, Nursing
Yellow Disability Studies, Environmental Health, Speech Pathology
Peach Law
Apple Green Medical Science, Surgery
Emerald Green Engineering
Orchid Purple Biotechnology
Starhoon Blue                       
International Studies, International Development

 2.4 A person who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian is entitled to wear a stole, worn over the gown and under the hood of the academic dress for the relevant degree, in accordance with the designs approved by Executive Committee on behalf of Council (2 February 2016, meeting 2/16).