The Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor head up our chief governing body, the Senate, and ensure ACU is governed in accordance with our constitution. 

Understand how the university is governed, meet key personnel, and learn about our governing bodies including the Senate and Academic Board.

Visualise our structure

For a visual representation of the governance structure of ACU, download a copy of our governance chart.

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Our key decision-makers and governance bodies

 

Acting Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor

Mr Julien O'Connell AO

The Chancellor is the chair of the Senate, the governing authority of ACU. ACU currently has an acting Chancellor. The Pro-Chancellor sits on the Senate, acts as deputy to the Chancellor, and Chairs the Finance and Resources Committee.

Meet our Acting Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor

Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Zlatko Skrbis 

The Vice-Chancellor and President is the chief executive officer of ACU, represents the University both nationally and internationally, and provides strategic leadership and management.

Meet our Vice-Chancellor and President

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Professor Belinda Tynan

The Provost is responsible for the Academic Portfolio: ensuring academic quality is maintained, overseeing the faculties, and providing the operational delivery of ACU's academic program.

Meet our Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor James McLaren

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) oversees this growth area for ACU and works with researchers to foster ACU’s culture of research excellence and maintain our world-leading research outputs.

Meet our Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration)

Dr Stephen Weller

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the Corporate Services Portfolio. This portfolio covers a broad range of areas including properties and facilities, student administration, information technology, and finance.

Meet our Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration)

Corporation

Australian Catholic University Limited is incorporated in Victoria as a public company. The object of the Corporation is to conduct the University as a Catholic University.

Understand our Corporation

Senate

The Senate is the governing authority of the University.

Meet our Senate

Academic Board

The Academic Board is ACU's senior academic governance committee. Its principle responsibility is to maintain the highest standards in teaching, scholarship, and research, and to safeguard the academic freedom of the University.

Meet our Academic Board

State Chapters

ACU has State Chapters in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Victoria. These provide advice to the Senate on local needs and demands and serve as important links to community interests.

Meet our State Chapters

Elections

The Senate and Academic Board hold elections to fill a number of representative positions.

Learn about our elections

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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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Guiding principles

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

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Organisational structure

Learn about our organisational structure, understand the role of key executive and academic personnel, and download an organisational chart.

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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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