1.  Standing Committees of Council

The Council is the governing body of the University and has responsibilities as set out in the University Act (see Section 1).

Council has established four standing committees to provide expert advice to Council in key areas of responsibility. Each of the standing committees is chaired by a member of Council, ensuring effective communication with and accountability to Council.

The standing committees of Council are:

  • Academic Senate;
  • Audit Committee;
  • Executive Committee; and
  • Finance and Investment Committee.
  • Council members may attend any meeting of the standing committees.  With the exception of the Chancellor, Chairs of standing committees will be appointed to chair one standing committee only.

The composition and terms of reference of the standing committees, as determined by Council, are set out in Appendix 6 , as are delegations to the standing committees made by Council under the provisions of Section 19A of the University Act.

The Council refers matters to its standing committees in accordance with their terms of reference.

If Council is unable to approve a recommendation from a standing committee it will refer that recommendation back to the committee for reconsideration, together with advice about the concerns expressed at the Council meeting.

A chart showing the University's central committee structure forms Appendix 5 - Central Committee Structure

2.  Officers of the University

The Officers of the University are as follows:


Deputy Chancellors

President and Vice-Chancellor

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Vice President and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Information Services)

Vice-President (Corporate Services)

University Secretary

3.  Organisational Structure

The organisational structure of the University comprises the

College of Business, Government and Law

College of Education Psychology and Social Work

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

College of Medicine and Public Health

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

College of Science and Engineering

and its Administration is organised into five portfolios covering the areas of

Students (including Academic)



Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Corporate Services

A chart of the Organisational Structure forms Appendix 7.

A list of administrative divisions and units is shown in Appendix 8.

4.  Mechanisms to Ensure Accountability to Council

Council has a responsibility for prudential management and oversight of the business of the University. Specifically, it has a responsibility to ensure that the University has in place policies and procedures for the administration of the University's affairs and the conduct of day-to-day business. It also has a responsibility to ensure that there is a system in place whereby Council can supervise the effectiveness of the management of the University.

Accountability is provided for through:

  • reports from the Vice-Chancellor;
  • reports from major University committees;
  • the University's policy framework (published on the University's web site);
  • planning and monitoring processes which are subject to consideration and approval by Council.

The University is subject to internal and external audit processes, and its own risk management processes. The University is also subject to regulation by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

The processes and time-lines for reporting to Council on the principal accountability mechanisms are summarised below.




Report on Flinders Strategic Plan via progress reports on the Operational Plan



Regular reports from the Vice-Chancellor on major developments and strategic initiatives

All meetings

Regular reports from the Executive Committee

Following each meeting of the Committee

Reports from the Finance and Investment Committee including:

Reports on University Budget and financial performance

Following each meeting of the Committee


Reports on risk, including work health and safety


Regular reports from the Audit Committee

Following each meeting of the Committee

Regular reports from Academic Senate

Following each meeting of Academic Senate

Reports from senior executive staff on major university developments


Council review of its own operation and the operation of its major committees


Annual review of the Vice-Chancellor's performance by the Chancellor and Deputy Chancellors


Approved Council 13 March, 2003; Revised 4 December, 2003; Revised 4 December, 2008; Revised 3 December, 2009; Revised June 2012; Revised May 2015

The Council delegations empowering specified University Officers or Committees to undertake certain powers and functions are detailed at:

University delegations

5.  Meeting Dates and Key University Dates 

Meeting dates for Council and its standing committees and key University dates, form Appendix 10.