Associate Professor Trevor Budge co-ordinates a suite of four undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT and a Visiting Professor in the Town and Country Planning Program at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. In the 2011 Queens Birthday Honours he was awarded an AM - Member in the General Division in the Order of Australia 'for service to town planning, particularly the development of regional and rural communities in Victoria, and to education'. He has been awarded a Life Fellowship and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Planning Institute of Australia. He was Victorian President of the Institute for three years. He Chairs the Institute's National Education Committee, which is responsible for the accreditation of courses and has a long running involvement with the Institute's Planning for Health Program. He is a Board Member of Victoria Walks, which is sponsored by VicHealth and a member of the Victorian Food Alliance Advisory Council. He has played a leading role in establishing the Planning Institute's six year Post Tsunami project in Sri Lanka.
He has a BA with majors in Geography and History, a Diploma of Education, a Diploma of Town and Country Planning, and an MA by research in Town Planning. He has worked for State government departments, regional planning bodies and local government and he conducted his own consulting business for 16 years prior to becoming a full time academic. He established Victoria's first courses in urban and regional planning offered outside a metropolitan setting and has secured national accreditation for them by the Planning Institute of Australia. The courses feature innovative forms of delivery including block mode, extensive fieldwork, real commissioned community projects, work placements and a very active program of overseas study tours accredited against the course requirements.
He has organised seven major conferences on planning issues and has led ten international study tours for planners. His experience covers a wide variety of planning projects, demographic analysis, heritage and conservation studies, community consultation, and regional studies. His work has involved him in rural regions, small country towns, outer metropolitan areas and major regional centres.
He has given numerous lectures on planning at universities in Australia and the United States, presented papers at Conferences in Australia, the United States, Canada, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Finland and New Zealand. He is widely acknowledged for his work in integrating land use planning with natural resource management plans and strategies and for his work in the planning and development of country towns where he has conducted over 400 workshops and community consultation programs.