The University of Western Australia Act 1911 (WA) establishes the Senate as the governing authority of the University with responsibility for "the entire control and management of the affairs of and concerns of the University" .

Standing committees of the Senate meet regularly and make recommendations to the Senate on relevant matters.

The Senate consists of 17 members:

  • the Chancellor—ex officio
  • the Vice-Chancellor—ex officio
  • three appointed by the Governor
  • two elected by Convocation
  • one elected by and from the academic staff of the University
  • one elected by and from the general staff of the University
  • the Chair of the Academic Board
  • two elected by and from enrolled students of the University
  • not more than five co-opted members.

All elected, appointed and co-opted members, other than students, have three-year terms and in normal circumstances serve no more than three successive terms.

Senate Membership [PDF, 138.4 KB]
Updated 25 Oct 2022

Senate Charter and Senate Code

The Senate Charter defines the powers of the Senate.

The Senate Code outlines the legal responsibilities, accountabilities and liabilities of each member of the Senate and details the standards and conduct to be adhered to by those members.

Matters Retained by the Senate

The Senate retains the following matters to itself:

Governance Framework

The University of Western Australia – Governance Overview outlines the rules, relationships, systems and processes by which the University is governed including those set down in the UWA Statute, Senate Regulations and Standing Orders of the Senate.

Senate and Senate Committees 2022 Meeting Dates

Meeting Date

Document Submission Date
To: Office of the Vice-Chancellor;


University Secretary

Placeholder Deadline*

*Advise the University Secretary of items
not on the Work Program or Actions
Arising for inclusion in the agenda

14 March 2022 

24 February 2022

21 February 2022

22 March 2022

24 February 2022

21 February 2022

23 May 2022

5 May 2022

3 May 2022

4 July 2022

16 June 2022

14 June 2022

19 September 2022

1 September 2022

31 August 2022

17 October 2022

29 September 2022

27 September 2022

5 December 2022

17 November 2022

11 November 2022

Meeting Dates [PDF, 172.1 KB]
Updated 8 Nov 2022