We welcome Expressions of Interest from community members willing to contribute to the governance of the University as an external member of Council or one of its committees or boards. There are often specific skills required for a vacancy, but if you have an interest in governance and would like to help shape the direction of the University, please refer to the Expressions of Interest item which can be downloaded on this page.
Council is the governing body of the University as defined in Part III of the ECU Act 1984.
Council establishes committees to assist it to meet its responsibilities. It considers that committees provide a mechanism by which matters may be explored more fully than would be possible at Council, and then put to Council by way of advice or recommendations.
The Fees Allocation Committee is established under sub-section 5(1) of University Statute 29 – Amenities and Services Fee.
The Fees Allocation Committee is to recommend to Council and the Guild an appropriate allocation of the fees estimated to be collected in the following year to some or all of the broad categories of expenditure specified in section 4(1) of Statute 29.
The ECU Foundation Board is established under University Statute No 17.
The ECU Foundation is established to promote and encourage philanthropic giving to the University, as well as other contributions towards the agreed Fundraising Plan, for the University’s advancement and development, to benefit its students and the wider community.
The Governance and Nominations Committee provides advice to Council on governance issues and maintains a model of governance guided by best practice and reflecting Council's commitment to continuous improvement in University Governance. It also provides advice and recommendations to Council on matters surrounding membership of Council, its Committees and Boards.
The Honorary Awards Committee was established to consider nominations for honorary awards and to make recommendations to Council on suitable candidates for those awards. The Committee also assesses the suitability of the existing suite of honorary awards and the policy and guidelines governing them.
The Legislative Committee provides advice and recommendations to Council on legislation of the University including the ECU Act, University Statutes, Rules and By-Laws.
The Quality, Audit and Risk Committee was established to advise and assist Council in the effective discharge of its fiduciary duties of governance and stewardship in respect of ongoing performance, control and compliance, through monitoring, reporting and making recommendations intended to sustain and improve University performance and systems of internal control, risk management, quality, business continuity and legislative compliance.
The Resources Committee was established to advise and make recommendations to Council on the University's financial position, its assets and liabilities and its strategies relating to income, budget allocations and capital expenditure on electronic and physical infrastructure.
The ECU South West Campus (Bunbury) Advisory Board is established under s 20 of the ECU Act.
The South West Campus (Bunbury) Advisory Board provides advice to Council and the School where appropriate on matters such as the needs of the South West Region, research, enhancing external relationships, community engagement, promotion and development of the University in the South West and any other matters referred to it by Council and the School. In addition the advisory board and its members act as advocates for the University.
The Advisory Board of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts is established under s 24 of the ECU Act.
The WAAPA Advisory Board provides advice to Council, the School Board and the Executive Dean of the Academy where appropriate on matters such as the needs of the performing arts community, research, enhancing external relationships, community engagement, promotion and development of the academy and any other matters referred to it by Council, the School Board or the Executive Dean of the Academy. In addition the board and its members act as advocates for the Academy.
The Vice-Chancellor’s Planning and Management Group provides a forum for discussion amongst senior staff on key issues, strategies and emerging opportunities, including the sharing of information and insights. The Group ensures the proper and timely management of the University’s activities, particularly the progression of major initiatives, and provides advice to the Vice-Chancellor to assist in his decision-making.
The Vice-Chancellor's Student Advisory Forum provides an opportunity for students to raise issues and provide advice to the Vice-Chancellor on any matters that would lead to improving access to ECU programs for motivated and capable students, and improving the experiences and outcomes of students.
For an overview of the committees at ECU please refer to the ECU Committee Structure download, or refer to the links for further information about individual committees.
For further details about ECU Committees contact our University Governance Adviser, below. Alternatively, refer to the websites of the relevant committee.
Adviser, University Governance
Ms Janet Bartolomei
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2615
Facsimile: (61 8) 6304 2661
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