University Council

Council appointments- Information for Nominees

The Minister and the University Council invite interested people (particularly those who live in the North or North-West region) to nominate for appointment to Council. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

A Bill amending the size and composition of the Council has recently been passed by both Houses of Parliament. Once the Bill has received Royal Assent, from 1 January 2013 the Council will include 2 members appointed by the Minister for Education and up to 6 members appointed by the University Council. The Minister and the University Council advise that the terms of office of 5 external members appointed by the Minister and the Council expire on 31 December 2012. Four of the current members are eligible for re-appointment. Under the University of Tasmania Act 1992, public notification of these vacancies is required.

It should be noted that people appointed to Council are responsible to the Council itself and are obliged to act in the interests of the University as a whole. They are not 'representatives' of any group, but are on Council to add to the perspectives around the Council table.

About the University Council

The University Council is the governing body of the University of Tasmania. It is established by the University of Tasmania Act 1992.

The Council is chaired by the Chancellor, who is appointed by the members.  Council makes decisions in relation to policy and planning, makes University legislation and approves policy documents. It is advised by its committees, its working parties, and (in relation to academic matters) the Academic Senate.

Council's role as determined by Council

The role of the Council is to accept ultimate responsibility for-

  1. The mission and vision of the University
  2. Setting strategic directions for the University
  3. The election of the Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor(s)
  4. The appointment and performance management of the Vice-Chancellor
  5. Oversight of management
  6. Setting and monitoring broad budget and planning framework, ensuring that the University finances are sound, and taking major financial decisions
  7. Monitoring University performance against strategic objectives
  8. Setting and critically monitoring Council policy and risk management
  9. Extending links and communication between the University and the wider community
  10. Legislative roles, including ensuring that the University is acting ethically and in conformity with all legal requirements
  11. Council performance and succession planning.

Further information of the role of Council can be found in the document  Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of Council Members 

2013 Meeting Dates

Council meet 10 times a year and have a planning conference in March. Meetings are held at the Sandy Bay, Newham and Cradle Coast campuses-

  • Wednesday 13 February (Hobart)
  • Friday 22 March (Launceston)
  • Saturday 23 March (Planning conference in Launceston)
  • Friday 3 May (Hobart)
  • Friday 31 May (Launceston)
  • Friday 28 June (Burnie)
  • Friday 26 July (Hobart)
  • Friday 30 August (Launceston)
  • Friday 20 September (Hobart)
  • Friday 18 October (Launceston)
  • Friday 13 December (Hobart)

There will generally be a dinner with local community leaders and/or other Council function on the afternoon/evening before each Council meeting. There is also an annual dinner with the State Cabinet.

Relevant Information

How to nominate

Simply fill out the nomination form and send to the Secretary to University Council, together with a summary of your CV highlighting the skills and experience you would bring to the governing body of the University.  Nominations close on Friday 7 December 2012.

Private Bag 42, Hobart 7001. 
Fax: 6226 2923.

If you are considering nominating, you should obtain further information on the role of the Council, its committee structure and its membership from the University Council website. Alternatively you may request a copy of this information by contacting Heather Patterson on 6226 2508 or email

Please feel free to contact the Chancellor, Mr Damian Bugg AM QC, on 6226 1852 if you would like to discuss nominating for membership of the Council.