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The Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and is appointed by Council for such period as Council determines.

Under the Vice-Chancellorship Statute 2013, the Vice-Chancellor is charged with responsibility to control and manage the affairs of the University; and the real and personal property at any time vested in or acquired by the University, including the disposal of that property. The Vice-Chancellor has the ‘power to do all things that are necessary or convenient to be done for, or in connection with, the performance of the Vice-Chancellor’s duties’, which includes:

  • developing with Council, the vision and strategic direction of the University
  • implementing the vision and strategic direction set by Council
  • providing strong leadership to, and effective management of, the University
  • ensuring the ongoing development, implementation and monitoring of the University’s risk management and internal controls framework
  • ensuring Council is provided with accurate and clear information in a timely manner to promote effective decision-making by Council
  • keeping Council informed, at an appropriate level, of the activities of the University, including advice of:
    • any potential legal action against the University
    • major risks
    • the University’s financial position and projected expenditure, and documents executed under power of attorney.

The Vice-Chancellor throughout 2019 was Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC, who has held the role since January 2016. His current appointment ceases on 31 December 2020.