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Governance Committee

The Governance Committee advises Council on matters relating to university governance, in particular on the planning and development of Council’s skills, knowledge and experience.

2019 meeting dates

Wednesday 6 February
Thursday 4 April
Tuesday 23 July
Tuesday 12 November

Time: meetings commence at 8.30am, except Wednesday 6 February, which commences at 11.30am.


Position Member Current term 1
Chancellor (Chair) Catherine Livingstone, AO ongoing
Vice-Chancellor or nominee Professor Attila Brungs ex-officio
Member (Council) Tony Tobin ongoing
Member (Council) To be determined
University Secretary William Paterson ex-officio

1. ‘Ongoing’ membership terms are from 1 November 2018 until Council otherwise makes a determination.

Positions on the Committee are in accord with its composition.

Committee contact

Deborah Crook
Executive Officer (Governance Support)
Tel: 02 9514 1240

Terms of reference

The Governance Committee shall:

  1. advise Council on matters relating to the university’s governance framework
  2. oversee the implementation of the UTS Governance Review Framework
  3. monitor and report to Council on the results and actions arising from the reviews conducted as part of the Governance Review Framework
  4. identify and advise Council, at least biennially, of the appropriate balance of skills, knowledge and experience which should exist in the Council as a whole
  5. identify and advise Council of any development requirements and strategies in relation to the required balance of skills, knowledge and experience of Council as a whole
  6. oversee the development and operation of Council’s induction and professional development program
  7. report to Council, at least annually, on UTS governance, including conformance with the Voluntary Code of Best Practice for the Governance of Australian Universities
  8. consider and advise Council on proposed amendments to the University of Technology Sydney Act 1989 (NSW), and proposed new and amended by-laws as may be required for the university under section 28 of the Act
  9. report to Council on any matters referred to it by Council and/or the Vice-Chancellor.


The Governance Committee consists of the following positions:

  • Chancellor (Chair)
  • Vice-Chancellor or nominee
  • two or three members (who may also be members of Council), with particular skills and experience in governance matters.
  • University Secretary