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Australia Day Honours 2024

Congratulations to the outstanding Victorian teachers and educational leaders who have been recognised in the 2024 Australia Day Honours list

It is wonderful to see teachers being acknowledged by one of Australia’s most prestigious awards, and it shows how much the community recognises the importance of, and respects, those working in the education sector. 

Thank you for your contribution - you are an inspiration for students and colleagues across the state and their communities.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division

Mr Vincent John Feeney (OAM) for service to secondary education.


  • Principal, St Francis Xavier College, since 2015
  • Principal, St Joseph's College, 1999-2014
  • Principal, Marian College, 1995-1998.

Board positions

  • Chair, Diocese of Sale Catholic Secondary Principals Association, 2021-2022
  • Board Member, Salary and Conditions, Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, 2014-2018
  • President, Catholic Secondary Principals Australia, 2006-2011
  • President, Principals’ Association of Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools, 2005-2006.


  • Australian Council of Education, 2015
  • Chartered Fellow, Principals Association of Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools, 2010.

Awards and recognition

  • Ferntree Gully Electorate Victoria Day Award, 2014.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division

Dr Margaret Mary O'Donnell for service to education, and to the community.

Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools

  • Board Member, since 2021
  • Chair, Education Strategy and Policy Committee, since 2021
  • Principal Consultant, 2018-2019
  • Member, Research Committee, 2016-2019.

Catholic Primary School Education

  • Acting Principal, St John Parish Primary School, Frankston, Oct 2019-Jan 2020
  • Principal, St Gregory the Great Primary School, 2000-2018
  • Principal, St Pius X Primary School, West Heidelberg, 1996-2000.

St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria

  • President, Eastern Central Council, since 2019
  • Member, State Council and Committee of Management, since 2019
  • Former Chair, Doncaster Chapter
  • Volunteer, current.

St Gregory the Great Parish, Doncaster

  • Ex-Officio Member, Parish Council, 2000-2018
  • Volunteer, Holy Family Orphanage, South Africa, 2017, 2018.

Community - other

  • Member, Committee of Management, Eastern Palliative Care, since 2019
  • Fundraiser, Southeast Region, The Order of Malta, current.

Awards and recognition

  • Australia Day Award, Menzies Community, 2018
  • Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (The Cross for the Church and the Pope) - Papal Award, 2018.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division

Mr Allan McNaughton Robinson for service to secondary education.

Montmorency Secondary College

  • Principal, 2011-2021
  • Vice-Principal, 2005-2011
  • Leading Teacher, 1996-2005
  • Teacher, 1993-1996
  • Allan Robinson Basketball Courts named in his honour
  • Former Basketball Coach.

Craigieburn Technical School

  • Teacher, 1989-1992
  • Former Basketball Coach.

Broadmeadows Technical School

  • Head of Department and Sub-School Leader, 1977-1988
  • English and Humanities Teacher, 1973-1977
  • Co-Founder and former Coach, Basketball Club.


  • Former Coach, Apollo Rockets Basketball Club
  • Former Coach, Eltham Wildcats Basketball Club
  • Former Coach, Melbourne Tigers Basketball Club.

Awards and recognition

  • Certificate of Recognition, 50 years in Education, Department of Education and Training Victoria, 2019.
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