Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


The Office of Governance and Corporate Affairs (OGCA) leads the coordination and management of the governance of the University and provides executive support to senior committees of the University, including University Council (and its committees), Academic Senate (and its committees), Faculty Boards, and expert compliance committees that the University is required to convene in accordance with national guidelines and legislation.

The Office of Governance and Corporate Affairs is also responsible for providing strategic and operational advice to the Vice-Chancellor, senior executives and staff of the University in relation to University and academic governance, audit and risk management, investigations, appeals and complaints processes, legislative compliance, legal requirements, and policy and records management.

OGCA supports the University in achieving its strategic objectives through the development of mutually beneficial relationships with the stakeholders it supports.

Administrative support, governance and related advisory services relating to the corporate organisation of the University, such as graduations, elections, University Rules and delegations are also provided by OGCA.

Office services

The Office has strategic oversight and/or management of the following functions:

  • Governance (corporate, academic and information)
  • Audit and risk management;
  • Investigations, appeals and complaints;
  • Legislative compliance;
  • Legal services;
  • Policy management; and
  • Records and information management.

The Office is led by the University Secretary and Director, Governance and Corporate Affairs who is supported by four senior staff who oversee each of the functional units that provide services through this Organisational Structure.

Key contacts

Natalie Nixon
Acting University Secretary

Michelle Hession
Executive Officer

Faye Christopher
Executive Assistant

Phone: +61 2 6338 4207

Mail to: 

Office of Governance and Corporate Affairs
Charles Sturt University
The Grange Chancellery
Panorama Avenue
Bathurst NSW 2795

Our functions

Report Wrongdoing (Whistleblowing)

Members of the University community are encouraged to make a report where they have reasonable grounds to suspect wrongdoing, illegal activity, or conduct which is unethical.

Risk, Compliance and Internal Audit

The Risk, Compliance and Internal Audit  support the good governance and management of the University.

Complaints and Record Management

Our complaints handling system is underpinned by principles of natural justice and procedural fairness.The records team also deals with Freedom of Information and other information requests. These can be made through the University Ombudsman’s office.

Governance Services

The Governance Services team is responsible for providing secretariat support to the University Council and Council committees, including the Academic Senate and its supporting committees, as well as designated Vice-Chancellor's committees

Legal Services

The Legal Services team responsive counsel in maximising compliance with State and Commonwealth laws.