Governance Hub

Welcome to your one-stop-shop for governance information, advice and support.

Good governance is essential for the University's long-term performance, sustainability and reputational strength. A strong governance framework enables us all to make good decisions that protect the University’s interests and help us achieve our organisational objectives efficiently, effectively, ethically and in compliance with relevant laws.

Academic Freedom

The Code for the Protection of Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom has been developed by the University in response to a review initiated by the Federal Minister for Education.

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Council is the University's most senior decision-making body responsible for the oversight, management and development of strategic plans and key policies.

Council has a number of standing committees that meet regularly. These committees are skills-based bodies designed to deal with specific matters and include People and Culture Committee, Chancellor's Committee, Controlled and Associated Entities Committee, Finance Committee, Nominations and Governance Committee, Risk Committee and the Development Committee.

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Academic Senate

Academic Senate is responsible for protecting, promoting and enhancing academic standards and quality at the University and advises Council on core academic activities including teaching, learning and research, through its President, who is also Council member. To help deal effectively with specialised issues, Academic Senate is supported by Teaching and Learning Committee; Research Committee; The Program and Course Approval Committee; Pathways and Learning Support Centre and College Boards.

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Elections are conducted by the University Secretary (as Returning Officer) for various positions on University bodies (Councils, Committees, Boards etc).

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Assurance Services

Assurance Services comprises of Risk, Internal Audit, University Policy, University Compliance, Privacy, and Complaints. Assurance Services comprises of Risk, Internal Audit, University Policy, University Compliance and Complaints.

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Records Management

Records Governance Services (RGS) is located within the Council and Records Management unit, and is responsible for ensuring that the University meets its records and information management obligations. RGS also provide advice and support on all Privacy matters.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.