The University of Newcastle is governed by the principles of accountability, fairness and transparency in its operations and relationships with all stakeholders.
The University's principal governing body is the Council, comprising up to 16 members.
The powers of the Council are assigned in Section 16 of the University of Newcastle Act 1989 (NSW) and include:
- acting for and on behalf of the University in the exercise of the University's functions
- having the control and management of the affairs and concerns of the University
- acting in all matters concerning the University in such a manner as appears to Council to be best calculated to promote the object and interests of the University.
Professional support for the Council is supplied through the office of Council Services and Chancellery, as part of the Vice-Chancellor's Division. Council Services and Chancellery is responsible for the University's governance portfolio, including legal, regulatory and compliance activities and professional support to the University's Council, Academic Senate and committees.