University Secretary and General Counsel

Helen Fleming Helen Fleming

Helen Fleming is the University Secretary and General Counsel at the Western Sydney University.

Helen joined Western Sydney University in 2010 as its University Legal Counsel, and was appointed as the University Secretary and General Counsel in 2015.  With over 20 years' experience of working with and within universities as a professional lawyer and a researcher, Helen brings valuable insight and depth of experience to her role.  She has been instrumental in the design and implementation of a number of governance, policy and training initiatives both at Western Sydney University and in her former role as University Solicitor at the University of Sydney from 1991 to 2003.

As a professional lawyer in private practice, Helen has advised and acted for a number of Australian universities and tertiary sector organisations on a range of commercial, policy and litigation matters.  In her role as a researcher, Helen co-authored (with Jim Jackson, Patty Kamvounias and Sally Varnham) the Student Grievances and Discipline Matters Report published in 2009 as part of a project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Helen has also published or co-authored articles and presented at conferences in Australia and overseas about many issues affecting the university sector, including university governance, disability discrimination, students' rights as consumers and intellectual property rights.

Helen is a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Law Association, established in 1991, which promotes research and discussion among academics, educators and practising lawyers on a range of legal issues affecting education.  She is also a member of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, the Australian Institute of Administrative Law and the Society of University Lawyers and the Australian Corporate Lawyers' Association.

Helen holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Technology Sydney, and Master of Arts and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Sydney.

Contact the University Secretary and General Counsel

Executive Officer
Email: legal@westernsydney.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9685 9896

Office Contact Information

Telephone:+61 2 9685 9895 or Ext. 9895 +61 2 9685 9896 or Ext. 9896
Email:legal@westernsydney.edu.au

Mailing Address:

Office of the University Secretary and General Counsel
Western Sydney University 
Locked Bag 1797   
Penrith  NSW  2751

Location:

Office of the University Secretary and General Counsel
Western Sydney University 
Building EQ, Ground Floor - Cnr Victoria Rd and James Ruse Drive (entrance via Victoria Rd)
Parramatta South campus (opens in a new window)
Rydalmere NSW 2166