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

Even before becoming Acting Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor, Mr Julien O'Connell AO reflected our mission through a life of public service and faith. He now brings that dedication to ACU

Acting Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor

Mr Julien O'Connell AO has had a long and successful career in business and has been ACU's Acting Chancellor since the passing of the Honorable John Fahey AC, GCSG in September 2020. In this role, he is chairperson of the Senate, the governing body and chairs the Senate Standing Committee and the Honorary Awards Committee. As Pro-Chancellor, Mr O'Connell is a member of Senate and chairs the Finance and Resources Committee

Meet our Acting Chancellor and 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. 

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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.

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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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