Governance and Legislation Committee

The Governance and Legislation Committee provides advice to Council on its governance structures and processes.

Governance and Legislation Committee Terms of Reference

Preamble

Section 15(1)(d) of the University of South Australia Act (1990) enables Council to delegate any of its powers or functions to a Committee. The Governance and Legislation Committee has been formed as a Committee of Council to assist it in the conduct of its business and to provide advice in the area of its Terms of Reference.

The delegation to the Committee does not derogate from the power of Council to act in any matter and is revocable at will by the Council (Section 2 (c)(d)).

The Committee may resolve not to take action on any matter appearing in its Terms of Reference, or exercise any delegation from Council and refer a matter directly to Council for consideration.

These Terms of Reference outline the responsibilities and operations of the Committee.

Responsibilities

The primary function of the Governance and Legislation Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to Council regarding general Governance, membership of Council and the University of South Australia Act, Statutes and By-laws.

Specifically the Committee will provide advice to Council on the:

  • Roles and responsibilities of Council, its structures and rules for conduct of meetings.
  • The Performance of Council and its Committees.
  • Composition of Council in accordance with the requirements of the University of South Australia Act (1990).
  • Appointments to Council in accordance with the University of South Australia Act (1990).
  • Standards of conduct and behaviour of Council Members in accordance with the University of South Australia Act (1990), the University Council Code of Conduct and The Role and Responsibilities of Members of Council (including Confidentiality).
  • Professional development of Council Members including induction, education and ongoing training.
  • The legislative environment affecting the University's governance, including the University of South Australia Act (1990), its statutes and by-laws.
  • Remuneration of Council Members.
  • Any other matter referred to it by Council.

Membership

 Membership of the Governance and Legislation Committee shall be:

  • Chancellor (Chair)
  • Vice Chancellor
  • 2 appointed Council Members
  • 1 Academic Staff member of Council
  • 1 Professional Staff member of Council
  • Student President

Appointments to all Committees are made by Council for the period of a Council Member's term of office. The Committee also has the capacity to include one additional member who is not a member of the University Council to be part of the membership.

Meetings

The Committee will meet at least 2 times per annum. Meetings of the Committee may be called by the Chancellor (as Chair of the Committee) outside of this cycle, should the need arise to discuss matters related to it its Terms of Reference.

Reporting

The Governance and Legislation Committee will report to Council on its activities at the next available Council meeting. The report shall include a summary of resolutions of the meeting (including any items requiring a resolution or endorsement of Council) and a copy of the minutes of the meeting.

Delegations

The Council has no standing delegations. It may from time to time delegate tasks (in accordance with the University of South Australia Act or otherwise) to the Governance and Legislation Committee.

The Council has determined that (unless it decides otherwise) for the purposes of Section 10(3) and Section 10(3) (5) of the University of South Australia Act (1990), the Governance and Legislation Committee will be deemed the Selection Committee.

Reference Documents

University of South Australia Act (1990)

Attachments to Terms of Reference

Current Membership of the Governance and Legislation Committee

Responsibility and Review

Responsible Officer: Director Council Services and Chancellery
History: Endorsed by the Governance and Legislation Committee 24 August 2009
Endorsed by Council: 27 August 2009