Council Charter

Document Number001031
Date Approved29 November 2013


The Charter is a statement of governance by the Council of the University of Newcastle.  Its purpose is to assist members of Council and senior management of the University of Newcastle to understand and carry out their respective roles in the good governance and management of the University.

The complete Charter document is available here: Council Charter (PDF)

The Charter is informed by governance requirements and/or practices outlined in:

  • Voluntary Code of Best Practice for the Governance of Australian Universities;
  • Corporate and Academic Governance Threshold Standards, specified in Section 3 of Chapter 1 of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011, made under section 58(1) of the TEQSA Act;
  • Governance standards, made under section 45.10 of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Regulation 2013 (Cth); and
  • ASX Principles of Good Corporate Governance and Best Practice Recommendations.

The Council Charter is made as a Rule with the approval of a majority of greater than two-thirds of members, in accordance with Sections 8B and 29 of the University of Newcastle Act 1989 (the Act).

The Council has developed the Charter to govern its activities, inform students, staff and external stakeholders including government, regulators, industry and the community about the University’s governance arrangements, specifically on its own structures, tasks and activities, and the relationship between the Council and the Vice-Chancellor and President.

Read the full Charter here: Council Charter (PDF).


Approval AuthorityThe Council
Date Approved29 November 2013
Date for Review29 November 2015
Policy SponsorThe Chancellor
Policy OwnerThe Chancellor
Policy ContactDirector, Council Services and Chancellery