Driving extraordinary careers since 1988

For over 30 years, Macleay College has built a vibrant community of successful alumni, experienced lecturers and industry connections.  We’ve made it our mission to ensure graduates are job-ready with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

We deliver an industry-focused approach to learning

At Macleay we believe in doing things differently. When students start with us, it’s really the first day of their career. We’re committed to providing a practical education experience that motivates students to explore and fulfil their potential. Macleay students are encouraged to investigate new ideas, critically analyse the professional world and industries they’re about to enter, and continually pursue challenging career goals. 

Our students learn by doing through project-based education and real-world briefs, all led by current industry professionals. This industry-led approach is also supported by our integrated internship programs – just another way we help students connect to their career and graduate job-ready.

We deliver an industry-focused approach to learning

Macleay’s history


1988 - Founded

Established in Surry Hills, Sydney in 1988, Macleay College is an accredited higher education provider offering both diploma and bachelor programs. With a strong focus on journalism, the College has continued to expand its course offering across advertising and media, digital media, business, marketing and accounting.

Macleay’s name

Named after Alexander Macleay, the Colonial Secretary of New South Wales in the 1820s, Macleay College has built a strong reputation for excellence on a name that has been held in high esteem for almost two centuries. From the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney, to Macleay Street in Potts Point and the Macleay River, this pioneer family name has been blazoned across places of high distinction, and Macleay College is proud to be one of them.

2015 - Opened in Melbourne

In 2015, Macleay proudly opened its Melbourne CBD campus on Swanston Street. With continued expansion the College relocated to a larger premises in the heart of Collins Street in 2019.

2021 - Acquired by The Institute Group

In 2021, Macleay College became part of The Institute Group. The Institute Group is home to Sydney's leading fashion business college. This has increased and diversified Macleay College’s core course offerings and further strengthen its position in the Australian higher education sector.

Our Executive Team

Board of Directors

Sarah Stavrow, CEO

Academic Board

External members:

Professor Elizabeth Deane (Chair)

Emeritus Professor Adrian Payne

Associate Professor Fiona Martin

Associate Professor Ian W Thomson

Dr Anna Wright

Internal members: 

Sarah Stavrow, CEO


Executive Management

Sarah Stavrow, CEO


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