Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Council Vacancies


The Council of Charles Sturt University invites nominations for appointment as an external independent member of the Council of Charles Sturt University under section 8G of the Charles Sturt University Act 1989.

The Council will make an appointment to two vacancies commencing on 1 July 2019, for a period of up to four years. Applicants may be eligible to reapply for reappointment at the end of the initial term.

Applicants must demonstrate in their application that they meet the:

  1. Selection Criteria
  2. Key Personal Attributes; and
  3. have the time to commit to fulfilling the duties of a member of the Council.

Selection Criteria

The Council is seeking nominations for appointment from eligible external candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • academic governance experience;
  • experience in governance and management in the multi dimensions of the medical space; and
  • Institutional philanthropy experience.

Key Personal Attributes

All applicants must demonstrate how they possess the following key personal attributes:

  • accountability and integrity;
  • innovative, entrepreneurial, and preparedness to take considered risks;
  • strategic with sound judgment;
  • self-confidence and personal effectiveness;
  • effective in working with a team;
  • excellent networking ability;
  • commitment to free intellectual inquiry and the value of the University; and
  • commitment to higher education, research and regional development.

The Council is committed to ensuring that its composition appropriately reflects the University's broader communities. The Council encourages participation and contribution on the Council of suitably qualified women and Aboriginal Australians, and people with a strong understanding and connection to rural and regional Australia, and such candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.


To be eligible for consideration as an external independent member the applicant must be a person other than:

  1. a member of the academic or general staff of the University or controlled entity of the University; or
  2. an undergraduate or graduate student of the University.

Under the Act, a person must not be:

  • a declared bankrupt, or have applied to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors, compounded with his or her creditors or made any assignment of his or her estate for their benefit, or
  • declared to be a mentally incapacitated person, or
  • have been convicted in New South Wales an offence that is punishable by imprisonment for 12 months or more or is convicted elsewhere than in New South Wales of an offence that, if committed in New South Wales, would be an offence so punishable, or
  • disqualified from managing a corporation under Part 2D.6 of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth.

Where a person is currently subject to proceedings in relation to any matter listed above, this must be disclosed in the application.

Submitting a Nomination for Appointment

By submitting a Nomination for Appointment to the University Council, the applicant consents to the University undertaking such inquiries as may be necessary to evaluate the application to satisfy reasonable due diligence requirements. If the applicant does not consent to the University doing so, this should be clearly stated on the application.

Further information
People who are interested in applying for appointment as an external independent member should read the Council Member Recruitment Booklet, which provides further information on Charles Sturt University and the application process.

Applicants should also be familiar with the strategic objectives and governance of the University including the:

Applications must be received no later than 12.00pm on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

To express your interest and to receive a copy of the information pack please email your cv to our adivising consultants Pacific Search Partners at and for a confidential discussion please contact René Johnson on 03 96311500.