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Governance Committee

The Governance Committee advises Council on matters relating to university governance, in particular on the planning and development of Council’s skills, knowledge and experience.

2021 meeting dates

Thursday 4 February
Thursday 1 April
Thursday 22 July
Thursday 4 November

Time: meetings commence at various times. Contact the Committee officer for further information.

Each meeting will be confirmed by the Chair.


Position Member Current term
Chancellor (Chair) Catherine Livingstone, AO 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2022
Vice-Chancellor or nominee Professor Attila Brungs ex-officio
Member (Council) Tony Tobin 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2022
Member (Council) Dr John Laker, AO 1 November 2020 to 1 October 2022
University Secretary William Paterson ex-officio

Positions on the committee are in accordance with its composition.

Committee contact

Deborah Crook
Executive Officer (Governance Support)
Tel: 02 9514 1240

Terms of reference

The Governance Committee shall:

  1. advise Council on matters relating to the university’s governance framework
  2. oversee the implementation of the UTS Governance Review Framework
  3. monitor and report to Council on the results and actions arising from the reviews conducted as part of the Governance Review Framework
  4. identify and advise Council, at least biennially, of the appropriate balance of skills, knowledge and experience which should exist in the Council as a whole
  5. identify and advise Council of any development requirements and strategies in relation to the required balance of skills, knowledge and experience of Council as a whole
  6. oversee the development and operation of Council’s induction and professional development program
  7. report to Council, at least annually, on UTS governance, including conformance with the Voluntary Code of Best Practice for the Governance of Australian Public Universities (PDF)
  8. consider and advise Council on proposed amendments to the University of Technology Sydney Act 1989 (NSW), and proposed new and amended by-laws as may be required for the university under section 28 of the Act
  9. report to Council on any matters referred to it by Council and/or the Vice-Chancellor.


The Governance Committee consists of the following positions:

  • Chancellor (Chair)
  • Vice-Chancellor or nominee
  • two or three members (who may also be members of Council), with particular skills and experience in governance matters.
  • University Secretary