Peter Coaldrake has been Vice-Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology since 2003 (although from 1994 to 2003 he was their Deputy Vice-Chancellor). From 1990 to 1994 Coaldrake was the Chair (CEO) of the Public Sector Management Commission (PSMC) Queensland. 
Between 1990 and 1994 Coaldrake was a member of Queenlands Freedom of Information Steering Committee. 
According to the ABC report from May 2007, "Peter Coaldrake, is leading the push to scrap QUT's basic Arts and Social Science degrees in favour of concentrating on its more successful applied courses, such as IT, media, journalism, design and dance." The report goes on to note that "A number of academics oppose Peter Coaldrake's position, including Human Rights and Ethics lecturer Ross Daniels." Despite any open discussion of the issue Coaldrake ironically notes that "It's of course controversial to be dabbling in these areas but I think it's important and the university need be sufficiently mature to have a discussion about these matters and that's exactly where we are now."
Married to Lee Ann Coaldrake.
- Fulbright Senior Scholar Award 2001-2002, The University of Arizona.
- National Fellow, Institute of Public Administration Australia (awarded by election) 1994.
- Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, October 1980 - October 1981, The George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Professional appointments and commitments external to the University (1994 onward)
- Member, Board of Directors, Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee, 2006 -
- Board Member, Graduate Careers Australia, 2006 -
- Chair, Board of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, 2005 -
- Member, DEST Quality Offshore Delivery Project Selection Committee (AVCC Representative), 2004
- Board Member, IDP Education Australia Limited, 2004 -
- Member, IDP Education Australia Limited - Audit and Risk Management Committee, 2004-
- Member, Fulbright Advisory Board, 2003-2004
- Convenor, Australian Technology Network (ATN), 2003-2004
- Chair, Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management - Leadership Excellence, 2002-2004
- Reviewer, Professional Experience Program, University of South Australia, May, 2002
- Member, AVCC Standing Committee on Education and Students, 2001-2002
- Member, Advisory Board, “Our Brisbane.com”, Brisbane City Council, 2001
- Project Director, OECD “Student as Stakeholder” Project, IMHE, 2000-2002
- Member, Board of Directors, Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA), 2000-2002
- Member, Reference Group, Recognition by both Industry and Higher Education of Achievement in VET Courses within Senior Secondary Certificates, 2000-2001
- Chair of the Review Panel, Review of the Organisational Structures and Administrative Arrangements, The University of Newcastle, 2000
- Chair, Queensland-China Business Forum, Brisbane, June 2000
- Regular Keynote Speaker, Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee (AVCC) Staff Development and Training Programs 1998, 1999, 2000
- Chair, Review of the Faculty of Biomedical and Health Sciences and Nursing, RMIT, 1999
- Reviewer, Graduate School of Government, Monash University, 1997
- Consultant Reviewer appointed by the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia to undertake two separate reviews of Court operations in 1996, 1997
- Member, AVCC Standing Committee on Resource Analysis 1996-1998
- Member, Queensland Government Curriculum Council, 1994-1996
- Member, Higher Education Management Review (Hoare Committee), 1995
- Member, A.C.T. Chief Minister’s Government Reform Advisory Group, 1995
- Chair, Review of the Faculty of Business and Management, University of South Australia, 1995
- National Deputy President, Institute of Public Administration, Australia,
- Member, School of Business Advisory Committee, Bond University, 1992 - 1997
- Petria Wallace, "Vice-Chancellor leads push to scrap QUT humanities degrees", ABC Local Radio, May 16, 2007.