The Council is the governing authority of the University and has the general direction and superintendence of the University.  Council makes final decisions on matters of fundamental concern and is ultimately responsible for overall governance, including academic governance.  Council also monitors the ongoing progress and performance of the University and its management and fosters an environment that supports the achievement of the University's strategic objectives.

Council meetings

  • 10 March 2020
  • 19 May 2020
  • 11 August 2020
  • 27 October 2020
  • 1 December 2020

Council membership

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

Chair & deputy chair

Gaye Hamilton

Chairperson
Gaye Hamilton – Chancellor

Wayne Kayler-Thomson

Deputy Chairperson
Wayne Kayler-Thomson - Deputy Chancellor, Victoria University

Official members

Council members

Elected members

  • Stuart Martin (Elected staff member, term of office to commence 1 August 2020)
  • Catherine Abourizk (Elected student member, term of office to commence 1 August 2020)

The Council seeks expressions of interest for external appointed members of the Council & committees

Register your interest

Committees of Council

The following committees report to the Council.  They review University activity and make recommendations to assist Council in fulfilling its powers and responsibilities under the Victoria University Act 2010.

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.

Compliance, Audit and Risk Committee meetings

  • 18 February 2020
  • 4 March 2020
  • 5 May 2020
  • 14 July 2020
  • 6 October 2020
  • 17 November 2020

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.

Finance and Investment Committee meetings

  • 27 February 2020
  • 21 April 2020
  • 23 July 2020
  • 13 October 2020
  • 19 November 2020

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.

Infrastructure Planning Committee meetings

  • 27 February 2020
  • 21 April 2020
  • 23 July 2020
  • 24 September 2020
  • 12 November 2020

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.

Leadership and Culture Committee meetings

  • 7 May 2020
  • 28 July 2020
  • 22 September 2020
  • 5 November 2020

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee of Council oversees the nominations process for Council, committees of Council, the Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor.

The Committee operates under a Terms of Reference. View the Nominations Committee Terms of Reference.

The Nominations Committee is composed of:

  • The Chancellor
  • The Vice-Chancellor
  • Up to three external members of Council appointed by Council (minimum of two members) – one of whom shall be elected as chair by the Council
  • Up to one external member independent of the Council appointed by the Council preferably specialist skills in executive appointments.

Nominations Committee Meetings

  • 7 April 2020
  • 29 July 2020
  • 26 November 2020

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee of Council is responsible for determining the remuneration of Council and the Vice-Chancellor. It considers the performance of the Vice-Chancellor and advises the Vice-Chancellor on the performance and remuneration of the Principal Officers of the University.

The Committee operates under a Terms of Reference. View the Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference.

The Remuneration Committee is composed of:

  • Chancellor (Chair)
  • One of three external members of the University Council.

Remuneration Committee Meetings

  • 7 April 2020
  • 29 July 2020
  • 26 November 2020