Senate is the Board of Directors of Australian Catholic University Limited and is the governing body of the University.
- The Chancellor of the University (ex-officio) (Chair);
- The Pro-Chancellor of the University (ex-officio);
- The Vice-Chancellor and President of the University (ex-officio);
- The Chair of Academic Board (ex officio)
- One Cleric nominated by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ex officio)
- Four persons, one from each State, elected by the Members of Australian Catholic University Limited on a nomination submitted by each State Chapter and approved by the Archbishop identified with the relevant State or Territory;
- Four persons, elected by the Members, from:
– a panel of persons nominated by Senate; and
– persons nominated by the Members themselves;
- Three persons elected by and from the academic staff of the University;
- One person elected by and from the general staff of the University; and
- One student of the University who is elected in accordance with the University Statutes.
Date of Establishment: 20/03/1991
Meeting Frequency: 5 times per year
Responsible Officer: Company Secretary
Executive Officer: Governance Officer, Directorate of Governance
Meeting calendar for 2016
Senate will meet on the following dates:
- 11 February in Melbourne
- 11 April in North Sydney
- 15 June in Brisbane
- 11 August in Strathfield
- 13 October in North Sydney
Terms of Reference
The objectives of Senate are as follows:
- Review and endorse strategic directions and priorities; and monitor progress against agreed goals.
- Oversee the establishment and effective operation of key policies.
- Ensure adequate risk management procedures and associated internal controls are established and effectively maintained.
- Oversee the effective and prudential operation of the University, including approval and monitoring of budgets and financial plans.
- Require and monitor compliance with statutory and regulatory obligations.
- Ensure the University’s assets and resources are properly managed.
- Effectively manage its own operations, with due concern for proper and appropriate accountability.
- Appointment of the Vice-Chancellor.
- Ensure a clear definition of Senate’s role and the delegated responsibilities and authorities it assigns to the Vice-Chancellor, other officers, the Senate Sub-Committees and the Academic Board.
Refer to Clauses 13, 14, 15 and 16 of the Australian Catholic University Limited Constitution (PDF, 242KB)
13. Senate (13.1 Governing Authority; 13.2 Composition; 13.3 Exclusion of Staff And Students; 13.4 Matter to be Considered in Elections; 13.5 Elections; 13.6 Retirement by Rotation; 13.7 Retirement of Student Senator; 13.8 Re-Election of Senators; 13.9 Panels; 13.10 Vacation of Office; 13.11 Resignation of Senator; 13.12 Casual Vacancy; 13.13 Retirement of Casual Appointee; 13.14 Less than minimum number of Senators)
14. Proceedings Of Senators (14.1 Mode of Meeting; 14.2 Quorum; 14.3 Calling a Meeting; 14.4 Secretary Calling a Meeting; 14.5 Chairman; 14.6 Votes of Senators; 14.7 Circular Resolution of Senators; 14.8 Signing of Circular Resolution; 14.9 Deemed Minute; 14.10 Validity of Acts of Senators)
15. Powers And Duties Of Senators (15.1 Powers Generally; 15.2 Borrowing; 15.3 Investments; 15.4 Formation and Membership of Companies; 15.5 Execution of Negotiable Instruments; 15.6 Delegation; 15.7 Validity of Acts)
16. Committees (16.1 Delegation to Committee; 16.2 Committee Powers; 16.3 Committee Meetings; 16.4 Voting)
Senate reviews its procedures as it deems necessary and recommends to Australian Catholic University Limited.