Learn about the decision-making bodies at ACU, meet our Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor, and understand the University’s governance structure.

Leading after a life of service

ACU Governance

Even before becoming ACU Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor, the Honorable John Fahey AC, CGSC and Mr Julien O’Connell AM both reflected our mission through lives of public service and faith. They now bring that dedication to ACU.


Vale John Fahey 1945-2020

The Honorable John Fahey AC, GCSG former premier of New South Wales and federal minister, is ACU’s Chancellor. In this role, he is chairperson of the Senate: the University’s governing body.

Meet our Chancellor


Mr Julien O’Connell AO has had a long and successful career in business and is ACU’s Pro-Chancellor. He sits on the Senate, chairs the Standing and Finance Committee and Campus Board, and acts as deputy to the Chancellor. 

Meet our Pro-Chancellor

Our governing bodies

Governing Senate

The Senate is ACU’s governing authority. Its members’ roles include managing the budget, creating policy, overseeing University operations, and ensuring adequate risk management procedures are implemented and followed. 

Meet our Senate

Our State Chapters

To connect ACU with local communities, we have State Chapters in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. These chapters report to the Senate and act as advisory bodies, but have no direct governance role.

Meet our State Chapters

Our Academic Board

Our Academic Board reports to the Senate and is responsible for all academic matters, including conducting quality assurance, developing academic policy, recommending new courses to the Senate, and initiating course reviews. 

Meet our Academic Board

Senate and Board Elections

Elections are held to appoint members to the Senate and Academic Board from the University’s academic body. The Senate also holds elections to appoint a professional staff member and a student. 

Understand elections


ACU is a public company. The Corporation, as enshrined in our constitution, is responsible for maintaining a university that adheres to the Catholic faith and is committed to the pursuit of truth through academic enquiry. 

Read more about the Corporation
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Governance structure

Download a chart of our governance structure, understand the hierarchy of our governing bodies, and learn more about key personnel.

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Governance directorate

Meet the personnel within our Governance Directorate, and get an overview of the directorate’s role at the University.

Meet the team

University leadership

Learn more about the Vice-Chancellor and President and senior leadership team, and understand our leadership structure.

Meet key leaders

Guiding principles

Our statutes, regulations and policies direct the internal organisation, management and governance of the University.

Review documents

Government engagement

We engage with all levels of government to help develop public policy and ensure we’re meeting government regulations.

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