The Governance and Legislation Committee provides advice to Council on its governance structures and processes.
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.
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:
Membership of the Governance and Legislation Committee shall be:
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.
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.
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.
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.
University of South Australia Act (1990)
Current Membership of the Governance and Legislation Committee
Responsible Officer: Director Council Services and Chancellery
History: Endorsed by the Governance and Legislation Committee 24 August 2009
Endorsed by Council: 27 August 2009