Role of Council
The role of the University Council (Council) is set out in the Swinburne University of Technology Act and the University’s Governance Framework, which has been approved by Council.
Council has the general direction and superintendence of the University and may exercise all the powers, functions and duties of the University.
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
- approving significant commercial activities of the University
- sections 9 and 10 of the Act also list specific powers and functions of Council. These include, consistent with TEQSA Provider Standard 3.1, conferral of higher education awards.
Role of Academic Senate
The role of Academic Senate is to have oversight of all academic programs at Swinburne on behalf of Swinburne Council. Its responsibilities reach across all courses offered by the university, including vocational education, higher education and research.
UniSuper Consultative Committee
Role of UniSuper Consultative Committee
The UniSuper Consultative Committee is the voice of UniSuper’s members. It reviews and approves changes to the Trust Deed.
Shareholder universities each appoint up to four members to the Consultative Committee, two of which are elected academic and non-academic staff.
Swinburne Student Life
Role of Swinburne Student Life
Swinburne Student Life provides independent services and support to students including advocacy and legal advice, activities, clubs, discounts and more.
School Academic Committees (SACs)
Role of the School Academic Committees
Each of the six School Academic Committees provide advice to their relevant Head of Academic Unit on academic issues in relation to coursework programs, including course and unit accreditation, academic quality, learning and teaching plans, policy and procedural compliance.
Vocational Education (VE) Teaching and Learning Committee
Role of the Vocational Education Teaching and Learning Committee
The Vocational Education Teaching and Learning Committee is a Management Committee. Its focus is on strategic priorities, academic policies, academic risk, quality, standards and integrity in teaching and learning. The committee provides timely updates to Swinburne’s Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer (Vocational Education and Training).