The University Council
The Council is constituted to ensure the proper stewardship and strategic direction of the University, and is directly accountable for the stakeholders of the University for creating and delivering value and improved performance through effective governance.
The Council currently has 18 members who are appointed or elected. Appointed members must have the skills, qualifications and experience necessary for the good governance and stewardship of the University.
Elected members are appointed from amongst the staff and students. The membership comprises of: the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and the Presiding Officer of the Academic Senate as ex-officio members; six members appointed by the NSW Minister for Education and Training; four members nominated by the Council; three elected staff members; one postgraduate student member; and one undergraduate student member.
The Council meets five times a year and conducts a planning retreat every two years to focus on strategic performance and to review the governance processes of the University.
The Council has established the following Committees to assist it in exercising its responsibilities, including monitoring the performance of the University against the objectives and performance indicators set out in the University Strategy and other institutional planning documents. Each of the Committees has a terms of reference set out in a Rule approved under the Charles Sturt University Act 1989 and has the authority to require any information or report from any University officer or employee.
Executive Committee – comprising of the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Presiding Officer of the Academic Senate. The Executive Committee acts for and on behalf of the Council on urgent matters arising between meetings of the Council and also approves recommendations for conferring awards on the University's graduands. The Executive Committee meets as required.
Audit and Risk Committee – meets quarterly and is responsible for overseeing risk management policies and procedures within the University, and receiving reports against the Internal Audit Plan. Its membership consists of three external persons who are members of the Council.
Resource and Investment Committee – meets monthly to review performance against the Annual Budget, Capital Development Infrastructure Plan and Information Architecture Infrastructure Plan and also acts as the University's principal investment decision-making body. Its membership comprises of the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, the Presiding Officer of the Academic Senate, and two members of Council appointed under section 9 (1) (b), (c) or (g) of the Charles Sturt University Act.
Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee – has scheduled meetings twice yearly and is responsible for the nominations processes of the Council, executive remuneration, performance review of the Vice-Chancellor, corporate governance performance and training, and recommendation of honorary awards. Its membership comprises of the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, and two external persons who are members of the Council, selected by the Council.
Vice-Chancellor and President
The Vice-Chancellor and President is the chief executive officer of the University and is accountable to the Council for the good government of the University. The Vice-Chancellor is supported in the day-to-day management of the University by a Senior Executive Committee. The members are: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Executive Director, Finance and Executive Director, Human Resources.
Heads of Campus
Each of the five main campuses has a Head of Campus who has University-wide accountabilities as well as being responsible for representing and promoting the University within a campus region.
Regional Consultative Committees
Each main campus has a Regional Consultative Committee to provide advice to the Vice-Chancellor, through the Head of Campus, on: (a) initiatives to assist the University to achieve its strategic goals particularly relating to regional engagement, (b) relationships with local communities, and (c) any specific matter referred to them by the Council, the Vice-Chancellor and/or the Head of Campus.
Regional Consultative Committees comprise the Head of Campus for that region and six members of the community.
Administrative Support Divisions
The administrative support services are provided by the Divisions, Departments, Offices and Centres of the University. Each of these organisational units is headed by a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, an Executive Director or a Director who has University-wide responsibilities. These include: the Office of the Vice-Chancellor; Office of Corporate Affairs; Office of Academic Governance; Office of International Relations; Division of Planning and Audit; Division of Human Resources; Division of Financial Services; Division of Facilities Management; Division of Information Technology; Division of Marketing; Division of Library Services; Division of Learning and Teaching Services; Division of Student Administration; Division of Student Services, and; the Centre for Research and Graduate Training.