Council, Academic Board and Other Committees

Council, Academic Board and other Committees


Charles Darwin University is governed by its Council, which is chaired by the Chancellor.

Council has responsibility for managing the affairs and concerns of the University and is granted the following wide-ranging powers according to the Charles Darwin University Act 2003. These powers include:

  • monitoring the performance of the Vice-Chancellor
  • approving the mission and strategic direction of the University
  • approving the budget and business plan of the University
  • overseeing the management of the University, including approving significant commercial activities
  • regularly reviewing delegations under this Act
  • monitoring systems of accountability implemented by the University
  • reviewing management practices and performances of the University
  • overseeing risk management across the University.

Academic Board

The principal academic body of the University is the Academic Board.

The Academic Board provides advice to Council or the Vice-Chancellor on any matter relating to the University and in particular, makes recommendations with respect to instruction, studies, examinations and assessments, research and awards relevant to those programs deemed to be awards for funding purposes, and reports on any matter on which it is required by the Council or the Vice-Chancellor.

Executive Management

The Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University and is responsible to the Council for the management of the educational and administrative affairs of the University.