Dr. Malcolm Cathcart

Deputy President & Chair of Subcommittees

Dr Malcolm Cathcart (RTO Owner & CEO of the Australian School of Business & Law). Malcolm possesses a unique capability which has been developed through a career of ‘Work Based Learning in Action’. This capability has been developed by integrating his varied career work with a wide range of formal study (part time study equivalent to 14 years of full time study) and then further integrating this by overlaying teaching, consulting and advising within both the higher education and vocational education segments. In the last twenty years Malcolm has focused his work on linking and bridging the educational gap between the vocational and higher educational sectors in Australia.

It was within this particular work journey that Malcolm undertook his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) studies with his dissertation topic set within ‘organisational learning’   Research Question: ‘How do franchised business units in Australia use organisational learning strategies to develop their strategic capability with a view to gaining competitive advantage?’

At a glance Malcolm’s key educational professional activities/achievements are found in the following points:

  • Formal Educational study in support and development of his career has been achieved all via part time studies both in a face-to-face and an external mode. Malcolm has completed some five higher education degrees and six vocational education qualifications at some seven educational institutions.
  •  Training/teaching – Malcolm has trained and lectured at both vocational and higher educational institutions from certificate to masters levels plus has been a supervisor and examiner at both master’s and doctorate level within the ‘work based learning’ discipline. Further Malcolm brought ‘work based learning’ at undergraduate level to Australia and is obviously keen to grow the area substantially through Leeds Trinity University. Malcolm has now started to make academic journal contributions http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JWAM-04-2017-0008 and presenting to annual professional conferences.
  • Academic governance – Malcolm has been a member of a range of university committees ranging from the QUT Governing Council, Faculty of Arts Academic Board, Education faculty Graduate Studies Academic Board, Academic Appeals Committee and the Vice Chancellor’s Committee for the appointment of Associate Professors.
  • Professional Associations – Malcolm is currently National President of the NREA (National Real Estate Association) and Deputy President of AVETPA (Australian Vocational Education & Training Professional Association). He has previously held executive positions within the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian institute of Management.

Professional Summary

Professional Registrations
● Registered Real Estate Agent (WA & QLD)
● Registered Teacher (QLD)

Professional Memberships

* Currently National President of the NREA and Deputy President of AVETPA (Australian Vocational Education & Training Professionals Association)
● Fellow – National Real Estate Association
● Fellow – Australian Institute of Management
● Fellow – Australian Vocational Education & Training Professionals Association


Cert IV TAE, DipTAS, Dip Property, Dip Mgt, Dip Bus

BBus, GradDipT, MEd, MHMgt, DBA

Current Educational Positions

Leeds Trinity University
● Head – Professional Practice and Work Based Learning (Australia)

Australian School of Business & Law
● Chief Operating Officer