Standing committees of Council


Chancellor’s Committee

Responsible for:

  • the University's reputation
  • efficient running of University business
  • approving urgent business matters
  • recruitment and remuneration of relevant senior staff
  • the Vice-Chancellor's performance
  • performance and remuneration of Council members

Controlled and Associated Entities Committee

Responsible for:

  • the University's controlled and associated entities
  • systems of control and accountability
  • commercial activities undertaken by controlled entities
  • risk management and assessment
  • structures and measures to ensure good governance (including joint ventures and student associations)
  • policy and procedures relating to controlled and associated entities
  • recommending the University's membership of companies and other incorporated bodies

Finance Committee

Responsible for:

  • financial and investment performance, strategic commercial activities and financial sustainability
  • integrity of the financial statements, accounting and financial reporting processes
  • assessing the financial impact of strategic proposals
  • overseeing business case development process
  • disclosure controls, procedures and internal controls over financial reporting
  • overseeing external audit function
  • effective management of financial risk

Nominations and Governance Committee

Responsible for:

  • statutory and regulatory compliance
  • setting expectations on governance matters
  • Council Induction and Development Program
  • recommending appointment of members to the University and other bodies
  • standards and expectations of honorary appointments
  • conferral of degrees, awards honorary awards

People and Culture Committee

Responsible for:

  • strategies to enhance people and organisational effectiveness
  • the University's Employee Value Proposition and other strategic initiatives associated with people and culture
  • staff and stakeholder communications
  • industry and community engagement strategies
  • standards for the code of conduct, values, corporate responsibility principles, and ethical practice
  • alignment of workforce strategies with strategic and corporate plans

Risk Committee

Responsible for:

  • the University’s Risk Management Framework
  • facilitating assurance that risk exposures are being managed appropriately
  • overseeing the University’s internal audit function and independence

Development Committee

Responsible for:

  • the strategic direction of the University
  • strategic planning and monitoring performance
  • growth strategies
  • national and international positioning and competitive performance
  • campus planning and development, estate management, capital expenditure and asset utilisation
  • strategies in relation to digital and information technologies
  • strategic investments

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.