CQUniversity was established as a university under the terms of the Central Queensland University Act 1998. Under that act, the CQUniversity Council is the University's governing body. It's main functions are:
Professor Scott Bowman is the current Vice-Chancellor and President of CQUniversity and works in close collaboration with the University Council, of which he is a member, and also with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to provide overall leadership and directions for the University. As the University's Chief Executive Officer, Scott is responsible to the Council for overall direction of the University and is supported by a team of Management located at Rockhampton, Queensland.