Council

The University is governed by a 15 member Council, whose duties include: providing strategic oversight of the University; ensuring effective overall management, appointing the University's senior leadership; and ensuring responsible financial and risk management.

The primary responsibilities of Council members are to:

  • appoint the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor
  • appoint the Vice-Chancellor as the chief executive officer of the University and monitor his/her performance
  • oversee the strategic direction of the University
  • oversee and monitor the academic activities of the University
  • approve the University's annual budget or its business plan
  • oversee and review the management of the University and its performance
  • oversee and monitor the assessment and management of risk across the University, including commercial undertakings
  • approve and monitor systems of control and accountability, including general overview of any controlled entities
  • monitor the commercial activities of the University, and its subsidiaries and any other entities it controls
  • enact Statutes, Rules and Orders
  • establish policy and procedural principles, consistent with legal requirements and community expectations
  • approve the annual report of the University
  • ensure the effective operation of Council including the induction and professional development of Council members and the evaluation of the performance of Council and its committees

As part of responsible governance, Council has delegated day-to-day management responsibilities and other functions to the University's executive and other senior staff in order to be able to focus on the broader policy and strategic issues.

Members

Category Member Term expiry
Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC
31 Dec 2018
Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS
31 Dec 2020
Seven members appointed by the Minister Ms Robin Hughes AO
Pro-Chancellor
30 Jun 2017
Professor Suzanne Cory AC
30 Jun 2018
Ms Naomi Flutter
30 Jun 2018
Mr Graeme Samuel AC
31 Jul 2019
Dr Doug McTaggart
30 Jun 2020
Mr Peter Yu
30 Jun 2020
Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM
30 Jun 2020
One person who is either a Dean or the Head of a Research School Professor Matthew Colless
29 Sep 2016
One member of the academic staff of The Faculties Professor Jan Provis
29 Sep 2016
One member of the academic staff of the Institute of Advanced Studies Professor Tim Senden
29 Sep 2016
One member of the general staff of the University Ms Deborah Veness
25 May 2018
One postgraduate student of the University Mr Chris Wilson
15 Aug 2016
One undergraduate student of the University Mr Ben Gill
30 Nov 2016

Meetings

2015
Date & location Deadlines Agenda Minutes
Thursday 19 Feb, 5pm
ANU House, Melbourne (Council Meeting)
Agenda deadline
28 Jan
Agenda (PDF, 5.77 MB) Minutes (PDF, 42.61 KB)
Friday 20 Feb, 9am
ANU House, Melbourne (Council Planning Day)
Agenda deadline
28 Jan
Friday 27 Mar, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
4 Mar
Agenda (PDF, 2.38 MB) Minutes (PDF, 63.93 KB)
Friday 29 May, 8.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
6 May
Agenda (PDF, 6.79 MB) Minutes (PDF, 67.86 KB)
Friday 24 Jul, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
1 Jul
Agenda (PDF, 5.75 MB) Minutes (PDF, 94.31 KB)
Friday 2 Oct, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
9 Sep
Agenda (PDF, 5.89 MB) Minutes (PDF, 63.53 KB)
Friday 4 Dec, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
11 Nov
Agenda (PDF, 7.77 MB) Minutes (PDF, 73.35 KB)
2016
Date & location Deadlines Agenda Minutes
Thursday 18 Feb, 11am
ANU House, Melbourne (Council Meeting)
Agenda deadline
27 Jan
Agenda (PDF, 15.6 MB) Minutes (PDF, 64.09 KB)
Friday 19 Feb, 9am
ANU House, Melbourne (Council Planning Day)
Agenda deadline
27 Jan
Friday 1 Apr, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
9 Mar
Agenda (PDF, 3.18 MB) Minutes (PDF, 110.44 KB)
Friday 27 May, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
4 May
Agenda (PDF, 6.53 MB)
Friday 22 Jul, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
29 Jun
Agenda (PDF, 3.54 MB)
Friday 30 Sep, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
7 Sep
Friday 2 Dec, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
9 Nov
2017
Date & location Deadlines
Thursday 16 Feb, 11am
ANU House, Melbourne (Council Meeting)
Agenda deadline
25 Jan
Friday 17 Feb, 9am
ANU House, Melbourne (Council Planning Day)
Agenda deadline
25 Jan
Friday 7 Apr, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
15 Mar
Friday 26 May, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
3 May
Friday 21 Jul, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
28 Jun
Friday 29 Sep, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
6 Sep
Friday 1 Dec, 9.15am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
8 Nov