The University of Newcastle, Australia

Matthew is proof that no matter how advanced your career, the power of new is never-ending.

A strong believer in the power of postgraduate education, Matthew has attained an impressive string of qualifications while simultaneously establishing himself as a leader in the Australian finance industry.

So far, he has completed a Bachelor of Business, his Chartered Accountants program, a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Applied Finance.

Most recently, Matthew graduated from a Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation at the University of Newcastle.

“I genuinely believe [postgraduate study] widens skills and aptitude, and there is always something that I should know more about or haven’t considered,” said Matthew.

“The finance industry, like any other industry, is one that consistently evolves. Study has been the path I have used to ensure I am aware of where the industry is going, what best practice looks like and what the future may involve.”

His hard work is paying off. He’s currently the Head of Finance at Credit Union Australia (CUA) – the largest of the Australian banking mutuals – and his CV features big names like Bank of Queensland, Virgin Australia Ltd and Queensland Sugar Limited.

“Mutual entities are fundamentally different from for-profit entities and they are not normally included in most programs. The chance to study the Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation – a course directly relevant to mutuals – was very appealing.”

Matthew says the specialised skills and experience gained through the Graduate Certificate has given him the edge in his current role at CUA.

“The ability to understand in greater depth the strengths, weaknesses and future developments of the mutual industry was invaluable and certainly helped my own thinking and understanding.”

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Matthew Wedmaier

Matthew Wedmaier

Matthew Wedmaier is a recent graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation and current Head of Finance at Credit Union Australia

I genuinely believe [postgraduate study] widens skills and aptitude, and there is always something that I should know more about or haven’t considered.