Academic Board and committees

Title of legislative body

Roles and responsibilities relevant to Academic Governance

Academic Board Learning and Teaching Governance and Practice

The principal academic body of the University is the Academic Board.

The governing legislation for Academic Board is Statute 2.2 (pdf, 32kb)

The Board comprises 33 members of whom 18 are Ex-Officio members taken from senior academic and teaching staff and members of the senior management team and 15 elected members from teaching staff and students across the university.

The Academic Board completes an annual assessment of its performance.

The purposes of Academic Board are to provide:

  • academic oversight of prescribed academic programs and courses
    of study of higher education in the University; and
  • advice to Council on the conduct and content of those programs and courses.

The Board, by resolution, may constitute and appoint such committees, as it thinks fit.

A committee appointed by the Board must report to the Board on its activities at such times and in such manner as the Board directs.

The governing legislation for Academic Board Committees is Statute 2.2 (pdf, 32kb) subsection 7(1).

View the Terms of Reference for each Standing Committee

Refer Figure 1: Governance Structure of the University

Governance Matters Committees
The following committees assist the Academic Board on matters relating to governance:
The Academic Board Executive CommitteeThe Academic Board Executive Committee – To serve as the executive of the Board, make decisions on its behalf as delegated, manage the Board's agenda and schedule of business and initiate discussion and commission papers as requested by the Board on major issues of educational importance.
Statutes and Regulations CommitteeStatutes and Regulations Committee – To review statutes and regulations to ensure that they are comprehensive, relevant and effective.

Course Development, Learning, Teaching and Research Committees
The following committees assist the Academic Board on matters relating to course development, learning and teaching:

Higher Education Curriculum CommitteeTo advise on all higher education coursework programs and substantial changes to existing courses in relation to the consistency of courses with the University's Learning and Teaching Plan, the conduct of Course Reviews and Annual Course Performance Reports, the need for new or revised legislation/policy relating to higher education coursework programs, amendments to award regulations and the functioning of policies and procedures.
Higher Education Learning
  & Teaching Committee
To review the University's Learning and Teaching Plan and report annually on the implementation of the Plan and to advise on matters relating to the measurement, quality improvement and policies and procedures for teaching and learning as they relate to higher education coursework programs.

TAFE Learning and Teaching Committee

To recommend and advise the Board on the development, accreditation, implementation and evaluation of Vocational Education and Training (VET) Programs and associated teaching and learning procedures, pathway enhancement strategies, the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and the Teaching and Learning Plan related to teaching, learning and assessment in TAFE.

Joint Learning and Teaching Committee

Meets as required from above TAFE and higher education Committees.
Research CommitteeTo advise on policy and procedures related to research and research training in the context of the University's Research Plan.
Indigenous Education and Research CommitteeEstablished in August 2007 to advise and recommend to the Board: opportunities to create awareness of and provide leadership relating to Indigenous contemporary educational issues as core business of the University, policies and strategies to enhance Indigenous student participation at the University, matters relating to the inclusion of Indigenous content in curricula and programs, collaborative opportunities relating to Indigenous education including Indigenous affiliations, and policies relating to research especially research which impacts on Indigenous people and related ethics.

Appeals and Ethics Committees

The following committees assist the Academic Board on matters relating to appeals, research and ethics:

Appeals Committee
- Academic Board members
The Appeals Committee reporting to Academic Board means the Higher Education Appeals Committee or the TAFE Appeals Committee; as appropriate to the appellant student. The Committee meets as required to hear and determine appeals relating to student discipline and student exclusion for reasons of unfitness. The Appeals Committee when it meets with Academic Board members is governed by the following Statutes and Regulations:
  • Admission and Enrolment (Statute 5.2 – section 8)
  • Deferred Enrolment (Regulation 5.2 – section 11)
  • A Final Grade (Regulation 5.3)
  • Unsatisfactory Progress (Statute 5.5 – sub-section1 (5))
  • Student Discipline (Statute 6.1 and Statute 2.4) [see entries below]
  • Cheating and Unfair Advantage (Regulation 6.1 – section 6)
  • Plagiarism (Regulation 6.1.1).

A summary report from the Appeals Committee is presented annually to Council. 

Student Discipline Committee

This committee is constituted under Statute on an 'as needs' basis (ad hoc) under Statute 2.4 (pdf, 10kb) (section 2) of the Legislation.

This Committee's functions are described in Statute 2.4 (pdf, 10kb) (section 3) which outlines two principal functions. It may also have other functions conferred upon it:

Animal Ethics CommitteeTo consider the ethical implications of proposed research and teaching projects involving animals and to ensure ethical standards are maintained in accordance with relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation and the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes.
Human Research Ethics CommitteeTo consider the ethical implications of proposed research projects involving human subjects and to ensure ethical standards are maintained in accordance with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans.