University Council is the governing board of the institution (sometimes called a Senate or a Board of Governors). It is collectively responsible for overseeing the institution's activities, determining its future direction and fostering an environment in which the institutional mission is achieved.

Council is responsible for approving and monitoring the strategic direction of the University, appointing the Vice-Chancellor (CEO) and monitoring their performance, and monitoring the health and performance (particularly financial) of the University and its management.

It makes final decisions on matters of fundamental concern to the institution.

Council meetings

  • 12 March 2019
  • 28 May 2019
  • 13 August 2019
  • 22 October 2019
  • 3 December 2019

Council members

Council is composed of ex-officio members, internal members and external members.

George Pappas AO (Official member) - Chancellor, Victoria University

Gaye Hamilton (Government appointed member) - Deputy Chancellor

Wayne Kayler-Thomson (Council appointed member) - Deputy Chancellor

Professor Peter Dawkins (Official member) - Vice-Chancellor

Compliance, Audit & Risk Committee

The Compliance, Audit and Risk Committee of Council ensures effective risk management, compliance, audit functions and financial reporting.

Summarised Terms of Reference of the Compliance, Audit & Risk Committee:

  1. to oversee the financial reporting process to ensure the balance, transparency and integrity of published financial information
  2. to review the University’s internal financial control and risk management system
  3. to review the effectiveness and efficiency of the University’s audit functions
  4. to consider how management ensures the security and integrity of its computer systems and applications
  5. to monitor the University’s process for compliance with laws and regulations affecting financial reporting
  6. to investigate any activity within its terms of reference
  7. to discharge its responsibilities by making appropriate recommendations (in an advisory capacity) to Council.

The Committee does not have the powers to commit Council or the University to the implementation of their recommendations.

(Please note that the Audit and Risk has a very comprehensive ‘terms of reference’ document - The Audit Charter. Any changes approved to terms of reference and membership would be automatically amended in the Audit Charter.)

Expected Competencies:

a) all members

  • financial and auditing literacy (including the ability to read and understand basic financial statements including a balance sheet, a profit and loss statement and a cash flow statement and standard auditing approaches and practices).

b) among the members of the Compliance Audit and Risk Committee there should be:

  • at least one of the members of the committee should have formal accounting qualifications, with current certification.

View the full Compliance, Audit and Risk Committee Terms of Reference

The Compliance, Audit and Risk Committee is composed of:

  • three external members of Council, appointed by Council
  • three independent members completely external to the University, who have specialist skills in accounting, auditing and/or risk management.

Finance & Investment Committee

The Finance & Investment Committee of Council oversees the management of University resources. It endorses the Annual University Budget and manages specific financial, capital and human resources of the University.

The Committee operates under a Terms of Reference. View the Finance & Investment Committee Terms of Reference.

The Finance & Investment Committee is composed of:

  • five external members of Council, one of whom is the Chair
  • up to two independently external members to the University with specialist skills in accounting and finance
  • the Vice-Chancellor.

Infrastructure Planning Committee

The Infrastructure Planning Committee of Council has an advisory role assisting the Council in fulfilling its infrastructure planning, development and construction management activities for all major Capital Projects, defined as having a minimum total project cost of $2 million.

The committee operates under a Terms of Reference. View the Infrastructure Planning Committee Terms of Reference.

The Infrastructure Planning Committee is composed of:

  • four members of Council, one of whom is the Chair
  • up to four members of VU management
  • two external experts.

Leadership & Culture Committee

The Leadership & Culture Committee of Council has an advisory role assisting the Council in fulfilling the Leadership and Culture Vision and HR Strategic Plan for the University.

The Committee operates under a Terms of Reference. View the Leadership & Culture Committee Terms of Reference.

The Leadership & Culture Committee is composed of:

  • four members of Council, one of whom is the Chair
  • up to four members of VU management
  • two external experts.