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The constitution of the Chancellor's Committee.

This committee operates in accordance with the UWA Principles for the Operation of Committee and UWA Rules for the operation of committees. Members must act in accordance with the University Committee Members' Code of Conduct.

Members must also act in accordance with the Senate Code which applies to Senate and Senate committees. In accordance with the Code members must among other things:

  • act always in the best interest of the University as a whole, with this obligation to be observed in priority to any perceived duty a member may owe to those electing or appointing him or her
  • maintain confidentiality and, except with the approval of the Chair or if required by State or Commonwealth legislation, not divulge information at any time to any person external to the committee.


1. The Chancellor's Committee is a committee of the Senate.


2.(1) The role of the committee is to—

(a) coordinate planning for the programs of the Senate and its key committees in each year;

(b) advise, on request by the Chancellor, on any items going forward to the Senate which are not covered by the terms of reference of any other Senate committee, including items dealing with issues of governance directly relating to Senate;

(c) undertake forward planning on potential candidates for co-option to the Senate, and propose appropriate nominations to Senate;

(d) undertake forward planning on potential candidates to fill the positions of Governor's appointees to Senate and make appropriate recommendations to the Minister on behalf of Senate;

(e) provide advice on co-options to the Audit and Risk Committee and the Strategic Resources Committee, as required;

(f) recommend to the Senate the assignment of members to Senate and other committees, as required;

(g) recommend to the Senate the appointment of nominees to committees on which the Senate has representation, as required;

(h) review the Induction Program for new senators every three years and make recommendations to Senate as appropriate;

(i) review the Ongoing Professional Development Program for Senators every three years and make recommendations to Senate as appropriate; and

(j) make recommendations to the Senate on the assessment of its performance and compliance with the National Governance Protocols through the annual Senate performance survey, including the identifications of skills and expertise needed for the future.

2. In fulfilling its role in respect of nominations and recommendations for Senate members as set out in (1)(c) and (d), the committee must bear in mind the following selection criteria which take account of the National Governance Protocols:

  • The Senate must comprise a majority of external independent members. In accordance with the National Governance Protocols, an external independent member means a person who is neither enrolled as a student of the University nor holds an ongoing or fixed term appointment at the University but includes a person whose employment at the University is limited to casual, sessional, consultancy or unremunerated work. Persons appointed under section 8(1)(a), elected under 8(1)(b) or co-opted under 8(1)(i) of the UWA Act must comply with the definition of an external independent member.

  • The Senate must have at least two members with financial expertise (as demonstrated by relevant qualifications and financial management experience at a senior level in the public or private sector) and at least one member with commercial expertise (as demonstrated by relevant experience at a senior level in the public or private sector).

  • Senate members must not be current members of any State or Commonwealth parliament of legislative assembly other than where specifically selected by the Senate itself. The Senate can therefore specifically select such a person if it so wishes.

  • Members must be selected on the basis of their ability to contribute to the effective working of the Senate by having needed skills, knowledge and experience, an appreciation of the values of the University and its core activities of teaching and research, its independence and academic freedom and the capacity to appreciate what the external community needs from the University.

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3.(1) The committee comprises:

(a) the Chancellor, as Chair;

(b) the Pro-Chancellor as Deputy Chair;

(c) the Vice-Chancellor; and

(d) the chairs of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Strategic Resources Committee.

(2) The Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor is a standing invitee to meetings of the committee.


4. The quorum for the committee is half the number of members and must include either the Chancellor or the Pro-Chancellor.


5.(1) All questions which come before the Committee are decided by a majority of the members present and voting. 

(2) The chair of the meeting has an ordinary vote and a casting vote.

Frequency of meetings

6. The Committee normally meets four times a year

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