Council is the governing body of the University as described in the Swinburne University of Technology Act 2010

Council meets seven times a year.

See Section 4 of the Governance Framework for more information about Swinburne’s corporate governance, including Council responsibilities, membership, meetings and committees.

The primary responsibilities of the Council include:

  • appointing and monitoring the performance of the Vice Chancellor
  • approving the mission and the strategic direction of the University and the annual budget and business plan
  • overseeing and reviewing the management of the University and its performance
  • establishing policy and procedural principles, consistent with legal requirements and community expectations
  • approving and monitoring systems of control and accountability, including general overview of any controlled entities
  • overseeing and monitoring the assessment and management of risk across the University, including commercial undertakings
  • overseeing and monitoring the academic activities of the University via the Academic Senate
  • approving significant commercial activities of the University.