Council News - Meeting: 26 July 2019

26 July 2019


Council appointed the Hon Julie Bishop to be the next Chancellor of the University.   

Ms Bishop will succeed Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, following a decade of service, on 1 January 2020 for a period of three years.   

Vice-Chancellor's Report

Council considered a detailed report prepared by the Vice-Chancellor about Executive appointments, student matters, University rankings, Moon Week and the July graduations.  

The Vice-Chancellor also delivered a presentation on the University's Societal Transformation Plan.  

Campus Master Plan

Following many months of consultation and design, Council approved a new Campus Master Plan.  It incorporates heritage, energy management and technology with more classic aspects such as landscape and building design standards. The Master Plan is also the first to significantly acknowledge the Indigenous heritage of the ANU site and to take active steps to preserve that heritage. The Plan will be launched on 1 August 2019, Foundation Day. 

Model Code - Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom

At the 24 May meeting, Council noted the Report of the Independent Review of Freedom of Speech in Australian Higher Education Providers by the Hon Mr Robert French.  As part of the discussion, Council also considered the accompanying draft Model Code for the protection of freedom of speech and academic freedom, a proposal arising from the Report.  

The Chancellor has since joined a University Chancellors Council (UCC) Working Group, a trio established to review the text and suggest recommendations to further develop the Model Code. The revised text as developed by the Working Group was noted by Council at the meeting, with consideration by the University, including by the Academic Board, to follow next month.            

Other matters

Council also considered a significant range of other matters, including: capital works proposals, a revised Socially Responsible Investment policy, tuition fee bands for 2020, amendments to student organisations' constitutions, the annual Crawford Leadership Forum, and summaries of Council Committee and Academic Board activity since the 24 May meeting.        

Council members    

Council congratulated one of its members, Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM, who, on 10 June 2019, was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia by the Governor-General for distinguished service to the global community as an advocate for gender equality

Council farewelled Mr Graeme Samuel AC, whose second four-year term ends on 31 July 2019.  His enormous contribution to the University also included several years as the Chair of the Finance Committee.        

This was also the last meeting for Mr Zyl Hovenga-Wauchope, whose one year term as the postgraduate student representative will end on 2 September 2019.

Next Meeting

Council next meets on Thursday 3 October 2019, in Darwin.   


Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC