Learn about the decision-making bodies at ACU, and understand the University's governance structure.


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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ACU Governance

Governance structure

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


The Senate is ACU's peak 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

Current Committees of the Senate include:

Academic Board

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

Meet our Academic Board

Current Committees of the Academic Board include:

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

Senate and Academic Board Elections

Elections are held from time to time to appoint members to the Senate, the Academic Board and other committees from the University's staff and student bodies.

Understand Elections

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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.

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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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