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.

Category Member Term expiry
Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC
31 Dec 2015
Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO
29 Feb 2016
Seven members appointed by the Minister on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee of Council Ms Robin Hughes AO
Pro-Chancellor
30 Jun 2017
Dr Doug McTaggart
30 Jun 2016
Professor Suzanne Cory AC
30 Jun 2018
Mr Patrick Dodson
30 Jun 2018
Ms Naomi Flutter
30 Jun 2018
Mr David Miles AM
30 Jun 2016
Mr Graeme Samuel AC
31 Jul 2015
One person who is either a Dean or the Head of a Research School and is elected, in either case, by the Deans and the Heads of the Research Schools voting together Professor Matthew Colless
29 Sep 2016
One member of the academic staff of The Faculties elected by the members of that staff Dr Karen Hussey
29 Sep 2016
One member of the academic staff of the Institute of Advanced Studies elected by the members of that staff Professor Tim Senden
29 Sep 2016
One member of the general staff of the University elected by members of that staff Mr Matthew King
25 May 2016
One undergraduate student of the University elected by the undergraduate students of the University Mr Ben Gill
30 Nov 2015
One postgraduate student of the University elected by the postgraduate students of the University Mr Ben Niles
31 May 2015
2015
Date & location Deadlines
Thursday 19 Feb, 3pm
ANU House, Melbourne (Council Meeting)
Agenda deadline
28 Jan
Friday 20 Feb, 10am
ANU House, Melbourne (Council Retreat)
Agenda deadline
28 Jan
Friday 27 Mar, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
4 Mar
Friday 29 May, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
6 May
Friday 24 Jul, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
1 Jul
Friday 2 Oct, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
9 Sep
Friday 4 Dec, 3.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
11 Nov
2014
Date & location Deadlines Agenda Minutes
Friday 21 Feb, 9.30am
Council Retreat
Agenda deadline
5 Feb
Agenda (PDF, 5.56 MB) Minutes (PDF, 59.49 KB)
Friday 28 Mar, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
5 Mar
Minutes (PDF, 58.52 KB)
Friday 30 May, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
7 May
Agenda (PDF, 2.63 MB) Minutes (PDF, 64.54 KB)
Friday 25 Jul, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
2 Jul
Agenda (PDF, 1.61 MB) Minutes (PDF, 70.24 KB)
Friday 3 Oct, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
10 Sep
Agenda (PDF, 2.24 MB) Minutes (PDF, 73 KB) (PDF, 72.88 KB)
Friday 5 Dec, 8.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
12 Nov
Agenda (PDF, 6.02 MB)
2013
Date & location Deadlines Agenda Minutes
Friday 15 Feb, 9.30am
Council Retreat
Agenda deadline
30 Jan
Agenda (PDF, 3.94 MB) Minutes (PDF, 34.15 KB)
Friday 22 Mar, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
6 Mar
Agenda (PDF, 2.29 MB) Minutes (PDF, 43.49 KB)
Friday 24 May, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
8 May
Agenda (PDF, 2.32 MB) Minutes (PDF, 43.87 KB)
Friday 26 Jul, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
10 Jul
Agenda (PDF, 3.45 MB) Minutes (PDF, 32.32 KB)
Friday 4 Oct, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
15 Sep
Agenda (PDF, 2.06 MB) Minutes (PDF, 60.82 KB)
Friday 6 Dec, 9.30am
RC Mills Room, Chancelry Building
Agenda deadline
17 Nov
Agenda (PDF, 2.46 MB) Minutes (PDF, 38.52 KB)