Council handbook

Council handbookThe Council Handbook helps UON Council members and members of Council committees. It includes detailed information about the University, its governance and management.

It is supported by the Council Charter. The Charter sets out the role and responsibilities of the Council and its members, responsibilities delegated to committees or management as well as the membership and operation of the Council.

While the handbook has been prepared primarily for Council members, there is relevant information for the wider University community including:

If you have any queries, please contact the University Secretary, David Cantrick-Brooks.


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The University Council

  1. University Council
  2. Council Membership
  3. Council Member Contact List (available via BoardPad for Council members only)
  4. Council Member Terms (BoardPad)
  5. Committees, Committee Memberships and Committee Charters
Defining Governance Roles

The University Council's role in governance

  1. University of Newcastle Act 1989
  2. University of Newcastle By-law 2017
  3. Statement of Primary Responsibilities - refer to section 2.1 in Council Charter
  4. Council Reserved Matters
  5. Delegations of Authority to the Vice-Chancellor (BoardPad)
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Council's key areas of focus

  1. Strategic Direction
    1. NeW Futures 2016-2025 Strategic Plan
    2. Long Term Financial Plan (BoardPad)
    3. 2016 Corporate Plan (BoardPad)
  2. Management Oversight
    1. Vice Chancellor Performance Goals (BoardPad)
    2. University Executive
    3. University Structure
    4. Controlled Entities - TUNRA and UON Singapore
  3. Research, Education and University Awards
    1. Global Partnership Plan (BoardPad)
  4. Finance and Capital Oversight
    1. 2016 Budget (BoardPad)
    2. Budget Setting Process (BoardPad)
    3. Guidelines for Commercial Activities
    4. Major Capital Projects
  5. Ethical Standards - refer to section 2.1.5 in Council Charter
  6. Corporate Governance and Regulatory Compliance
    1. Governance Framework for Controlled Entities
    2. Register of Compliance Obligations
  7. Risk Oversight
    1. 2016 Strategic Risk Profile (BoardPad)
    2. Risk Management Policy and Risk Management Framework
  8. Stakeholder Management and Networking
    1. Council Event Calendar (BoardPad)

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Key governance roles at the University

  1. Chancellor - refer to section 3.1 in Council Charter
  2. Deputy Chancellor - refer to section 3.2 in Council Charter
  3. Vice-Chancellor
  4. Constitution of the Academic Senate
  5. University Secretary and Council Governance contact details
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Membership of Council

  1. Council Skills and Experience Matrix (BoardPad)
  2. Code of Conduct
  3. Disclosure of Interest Form (BoardPad)
  4. Conflicts of Interests Policy
  5. Professional Development for Council Members Guidelines
  6. Deed of Access and Indemnity (BoardPad)
  7. Travel Policy
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Council operations

  1. Meetings Schedule
  2. Annual Cycle of Business (BoardPad)
  3. Council Report Templates
  4. Council Member Decision Checklist - refer to Schedule 1 in Council Charter

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Maintaining effectiveness

  1. Council Performance (BoardPad)
  2. Reimbursement of Council Members Expenses Policy
  3. Guideline for the Appointment of Co-opted Members of Council Committees

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Other useful references

  1. University of Newcastle Annual Report
  2. Government Information Public Access Act 2009
  3. Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988
  4. Competition and Consumer Act 2010
  5. Rules Governing Convocation
  6. Digital PHD Thesis Repository
  7. Voluntary Code of Best Practice for the Governance of Australian Universities (BoardPad)