Bachelor, University Melbourne, Australia, 1960. Master of Arts with 1st class honors, University Melbourne, Australia, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, University Melbourne, Australia, 1978.
From tutor in Hebrew language and literature to head University Melbourne, Australia, 1957—2001, head Jewish studies program, since 2001, professor, director Center Jewish History and Culture, since 2001. Visiting scholar Oxford (England) University, Monash University, Melbourne, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1996. Head state excm. board committees for Hebrew, Victorian Curriculum Assessment Board, Victorian Institute Secondary Education, Civtorial Board Studies, Melbourne, 1964-1992.
Member National Advisory Committee on Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, Melbourne, since 1994. Member Council for Chaplaincy in Tertiary Institutions, Australia, since 1999. Board directors Australian branch Golda Meir Fellowship Committee, since 1990.
Member National Association Professors Hebrew, World Union Jewish Studies, Australian Friends of Hebrew Committee (executive-academic committee chair since 1989).
Married Maxwell Shavitsky, December 20, 1960. Children: Daniel Isaac, Adrian Jonathan, Leora Bella.