The University of Tasmania Act has established an Academic Senate, with responsibility for advising the Council on all academic matters relating to the University. Membership of the Academic Senate comprises the Vice-Chancellor, Provost, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Australian Maritime College Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Menzies Institute for Medical Research Director, Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies Executive Director, Pro Vice-Chancellor (College of Arts and Law), Deans, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Researcher Development), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal Research & Leadership), Heads of School, Directors of National Centres, Chairs of Faculty Boards, Presidents of Tasmania University Union, and elected academic staff members. The Academic Senate elects its own Chair and Deputy Chair.
The Academic Senate's statutory authority in academic matters within the University has been elaborated in University Ordinances and in the Academic Senate's policies. These give the Academic Senate primary responsibility for determining standards, exercising quality control and providing quality assurance across all the University's academic activities.