Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

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. Refer to the Governance Services Meeting Schedule for 2020 for more details.

Governance Services helps ensure the smooth handling of committee business and effective decision-making to enhance University governance arrangements.  It provides advice on the Charles Sturt University Act 1989 and Charles Sturt University By-laws 2005, Governance Rules of the University as well as policy.

University Council

The University Council is the governing board of the University and is constituted to ensure the proper stewardship and strategic direction of the University and is directly accountable to the members of the University for creating and delivering value through effective governance.

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Academic Senate

The Academic Senate is the principal academic body of the University. The Academic Senate's role in relation to the governance of the University is based on the historical development of Universities as communities of scholars. The Academic Senate provides a forum within the University for collegial discussion and decisions in relation to academic programs and policies.

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CSU Policy Library

The CSU Policy Library is the sole authoritative source of official academic and administrative policies, procedures, guidelines, rules and regulations of the University.

The Policy Library has been developed to provide easy access for students, staff and other stakeholders to current and past University rules, policies, procedures and guidelines.

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Systems, Resources & Templates

Templates and resources endorsed by Governance Services are available for use by any University committee. Links to systems managed by Governance Services are as follows:

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University Handbook

The Charles Sturt University Handbook, published by Governance Services, is the official handbook of the University's courses and subjects. The Handbook is published as a reference for use by students and staff.

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Outside Professional Activity

The University has a policy on the undertaking of outside professional activities (OPA) for staff. These activities could be on behalf of the University, or could be of a private nature. Staff should consult the policy for detailed information on OPA, and should also note that OPA for research has specific requirements, to be found at the Research Office website.

OPA Policy

OPA Forms


Charles Sturt University is a statutory corporation established by the Charles Sturt University Act 1989 of the New South Wales Government.

Charles Sturt University is registered, and may lawfully operate as a University in New South Wales and deliver courses of study inside and outside Australia.

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