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The Constitution of the Legislative Committee.

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

Constitution

Position of the committee within The University of Western Australia

1. The Legislative Committee is a joint committee of the Senate and Academic Council.

Role

2. The role of the committee is to—

(a) consider all proposals for—

(i)  new statutes, amendment of statutes and repeal of statutes;

(ii) new regulations, amendment of regulations and rescinding of regulations;

(iii) new rules, amendment of rules and rescinding of rules;

(iv) new or amended school governance documents; and

(v) new or amended constitutions of committees of the Senate, Academic Board, Academic Council and Vice-Chancellor;

(b) forward to the Academic Council for its consideration any proposals in the categories described in (a)(i) to (v) which, in the view of the Chair of the Academic Board, involve significant issues of academic principle;

(c) endorse on behalf of the Academic Council and recommend to the Senate for approval any proposals in the categories described in (a)(i) and (ii) which, in the view of the Chair of the Academic Board, are routine in nature;

(d) approve on behalf of the Academic Council any proposals in the categories described in (a)(iii) which, in the view of the Chair of the Academic Board, are routine in nature;

(e) approve, via school governance documents, delegation of the powers of schools heads of school or committees where such delegations are, in the view of the Chair of the Academic Board, routine in nature;

(f) where appropriate, undertake the conversion of prizes governed by regulations to prizes governed by conditions where such matters are, in the view of the Chair of the Academic Board, routine in nature;

(g) approve administrative and consequential changes to regulations and report them to the Senate;

(h) ensure that final drafts of proposed new or amended statutes, regulations, rules, school governance documents and constitutions of committees of the Senate, Academic Board, Academic Council and Vice-Chancellor are accurate, clear, consistent with other University legislation and policy and in accordance with any established standard wording and drafting principles;

(i) undertake any other drafting tasks as requested by the Senate, the Academic Council or Vice-Chancellor; and

(j) submit the final drafts of new or amended statutes and regulations to the Senate for approval.

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Membership

3.(1) The committee comprises:

(a) the Chair of the Academic Board as Chair;

(b) the Academic Secretary; and

(c) up to three members co-opted by the foregoing to provide specific expertise.

(2) The University Lawyer, or nominee, is invited to attend all meetings of the committee.

Terms of office

4. The term of office of members co-opted under 3(1)(c) is up to two years.

Eligibility for a second or subsequent term of office

5. At the end of a term of office, members co-opted under 3(1)(c) may be co-opted again.

Skills and/or qualifications of members

6. It is desirable that members co-opted under 3(1)(c) have extensive experience of course administration and/or academic policy. 

Quorum

7. The quorum is three members.

Decisions

8. All questions which come before the committee are decided by a majority of the members.

Frequency of meetings

9. The Legislative Committee meets as required.

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Delegation

Legislative Committee drafting sub-committee

10. The committee delegates to its drafting sub-committee:

(a) consideration of final drafts described in 2(i) and (j);

(b) review and redraft where necessary new rules or amendment of rules prior to being submitted to the Academic Council, or the Dean of Coursework Studies, as appropriate;

(c) the drafting sub-committee delegates to the Academic Secretary, in consultation with the Legislative Committee as required, minor amendment of course rules as part of the annual course approval process. See attached flowchart: Rule Drafting Process (Cycle II).

Membership

11.(1)The drafting sub-committee comprises the members in 3(1)(b) to (c) inclusive, with the Academic Secretary as Chair.

(2) The University Lawyer, or nominee, is invited to attend all meetings of the drafting sub-committee.

(3) The drafting sub-committee may invite school or other officers of the University to attend meetings at which matters relevant to their role are to be considered. 

Quorum

12. The members described in 3(1)(b) and (c) comprise the quorum for the drafting sub-committee.

Frequency of meetings

13. The drafting sub-committee meets as required.

Communication and decision-making maps

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