Governance and leadership – a chapter of the 2013 Annual Report of the University of Newcastle, Australia. Includes governing bodies and executive management

Governance and leadership

Our governance processes and behaviours guide us to achieve our purpose, conform to all relevant laws, standards and directions and meet public expectations of probity, accountability and transparency. They provide our employees with a clear sense of purpose and focus, guiding their behaviour when dealing with each other, our students and other stakeholders.

Solid foundations for governance

The University of Newcastle is a statutory body established under the University of Newcastle Act 1989 (the Act). The Act and the University of Newcastle By-law 2005 (the By-law) set out the powers and functions of the University and how these must be performed. 

Other key instruments within the governance framework are University Rules, Council approved policies (including provisions with the authority of a resolution of the Academic Senate) and management approved policies (including directives with the authority of the Vice-Chancellor and President). The University Code of Conduct, which reflects Values and Guiding Ethical Principles, also forms part of this framework.

In 2013, the University Council approved its own Charter – a statement of governance by the Council of the University of Newcastle. The purpose of the Council Charter is to assist members of Council and senior management of the University of Newcastle to understand and carry out their respective roles in the good governance and management of the University.

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