About Us

Established in 2004, VERNet Pty Ltd designed and developed a fibre optic network for the Education and Research sectors of Victoria called the Victorian Education and Research Network (VERN). We are responsible for procuring and managing the network’s fibre, equipment and services. The VERN is a collaborative investment of all Victorian Universities.

Our Customers

Our customers are the Victorian Universities, research organisations, hospitals and other health providers, schools, TAFEs and other community and Government organisations. Please refer to the case studies for specific examples of how VERNet has helped organisations to solve business problems and deliver beneficial outcomes.

Our People

Our dedicated staff have experience in engineering, fibre optic infrastructure, telecommunications, investment evaluation, customer relations, project management and procurement with experience in both public and private sectors.

Our Network

Over the last 14 years, we have procured and deployed over 2,300km of optical fibre across metropolitan and regional Victoria - that is nearly 10 times the length of the Yarra River from its source in the Yarra Ranges to where it empties at Port Philip Bay. The network connects over 300 customer sites to each other as well as to national and international broadband networks. 

As our customer base grows and require increased capacity, we will be expanding and upgrading our network.

Providing Value to Shareholders and Customers

We deliver a cost-effective, fast and reliable network to our shareholders and customers. We help them to increase the capacity of their networks, expand their reach, deliver digital services and lower their telecommunication costs. 

The VERN is a long-term investment in reliable and resilient infrastructure for the ongoing benefit of all Victorians.

Board of Directors

Professor Ian Young AO   -  Chair and Independent Director

Dr Bronte Adams AM   -  Independent Director

Professor Duncan Bentley   -  Vice-Chancellor and President | Federation University Australia

Byron Collins   -  Executive Director, Business Services and Chief Technology Officer | The University of Melbourne

Craig Warren   -  Chief Digital Officer | Deakin University

Natalia Hawkins   -  Deputy CFO and Executive Director, Corporate Finance Division | Monash University

Lynn Warneke   -  Independant Director

Mark Smith   -  Chief Operating Officer | La Trobe University

Providing Value to Shareholders and Customers

Delivering innovative products and services to over half a million students, staff, researchers, scientists and clinical personnel across Victoria.

VERNet is dedicated to Connectivity and Reliability

To learn more about VERNet's offerings and our future strategies, download the VERNet Annual Report 2023.


We rely heavily on VERNet for intercampus connectivity.

Craig Warren Executive Director ICT Infrastructure View Case Study

Being able to rely on the VERNet network has allowed Murray City Country Coast to get on with the job of providing excellent GP Training for Western Victoria.

Kelvin de Waele Chief Information Officer at MCCC View Case Study

Our partnership with VERNet has been a collaborative and seamless experience.

Frank De Vuono Director IT & T Services at Royal Melbourne Hospital View Case Study

As VERNet is the largest legacy network provider in regional Victoria, it was obvious for us to partner with them. The project management VERNet provided was exceptional as was its attention to detail.

Nick Fordham Former Executive Director Information Management View Case Study

High performance networks, digital platforms and best in class campus technologies provide our students an amazing experience and flexibility to learn anytime, anywhere consistently and securely

Mr Sinan Erbay Director University Operations RMIT University View Case Study

“The services provided by VERNet for our high capacity WAN lay the foundation for some very complex and in some cases effort-based changes to the pedagogy, to provide more learner-centric courses rather than teaching-centric courses”

Says Devendra Nambiar Head of Strategy, Planning, Architecture and Risk at Melbourne Polytechnic View Case Study

Our high-speed network enabled by VERNet allows ‘at desk’ provisioning of PCs and laptops for new starters. Along with Microsoft Autopilot and Intune, it has reduced a 10 hour process to 30 minutes. With almost 1000 machines per annum upgraded, managed or re-provisioned, this is a significant efficiency. It allows more time to be spent supporting staff in their critical work, deploying productivity tools, and further modernising our ICT platforms.

Chris Pivec Chief Information Officer, Uniting Vic Tas Ltd View Case Study

The team at VERNet have been very responsive to what we needed.

Remco Burgers ICT Manager Marcellin College View Case Study

Send an enquiry

P  (03) 9914 5700
F  (03) 9914 5705
E  [email protected]

Office address:
Level 7, 564 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004

Postal address:
PO Box 25138
Melbourne VIC 3004