Central Queensland University Act 1998, Division 2, Council establishment and general functions and powers states:
8. Functions of council
(1) The council is the university's governing body.
(2) The council has the functions conferred on it under this or another Act.
9. Powers of council
(1) The council may do anything necessary or convenient to be done for, or in connection with, its functions.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the council has the powers given to it under this or another Act and, in particular-
(a) to appoint the university's staff; and
(b) to manage and control the university's affairs and property; and
(c) to manage and control the university's finances.
10. Council to promote university's interestsThe council must act in the way that appears to it most likely to promote the university's interests.
11. Delegation(1) The council may delegate its powers under this Act to-
(a) an appropriately qualified member of the council; or
(b) an appropriately qualified committee that includes 1 or more members of the council; or
(c) an appropriately qualified member of the university's staff.
(2) However, the council may not delegate its power-
(a) to make university statutes or rules; or
(b) to adopt the university's annual budget; or
(c) to approve spending of funds available to the university by way of bequest, donation or special grant.
(3) Despite subsection (2)(c), the council may delegate its power to approve spending of funds available to the university by way of bequest, donation or special grant if-
(a) the expenditure is for a matter funded by bequest, donation or special grant; and
(b) the amount of expenditure for the matter is not more than $100000.
Further details about the University Council, including membership, are provided on the University website.
DECISIONS OF COUNCIL
The decisions of the University Council are made available as Council Bulletins which are available on request.
Academic Board Terms of Reference state:
Academic Board constitutes the senior academic governance body within the University and is the primary forum in the University for discussion and resolution of all matters relating to and affecting the University's teaching, research and educational programs. Academic Board provides academic advice and, where appropriate, recommendations, to both Council and the Vice-Chancellor on all academic matters, including academic priorities and policies of the University, academic aspects of the University's strategic plan, policies concerning the conditions of appointment and employment of academic staff, the maintenance of academic standards and any academic matters it considers to be of strategic importance.
Functions and Responsibilities
Academic Boards functions as determined underCentral Queensland University Act (1998) are to:
a) advise the Council about teaching, scholarship and research matters concerning the university; and
b) formulate proposals for the academic policies of the university; and
c) monitor the academic activities of the university's faculties; and
d) promote and encourage scholarship and research at the university.
In undertaking its functions:
- Academic Board will provide advice on matters relating to academic strategic directions, activities and practices referred to it by the Council, the Vice-Chancellor or other University officers.
- Academic Board is responsible for the development, approval, monitoring, reporting and adjudication of academic policies, guidelines and procedures. While the formulation and review of academic policies and procedures may be further delegated, the approval authority of these policies remains with Academic Board.
- Academic Board has a key responsibility to assure the quality of teaching, scholarship, and research training in the University and co-ordinate and maintain an overview of the academic activities of faculties and organisational units.
- Academic Board will maintain a leadership role in the academic activities of the University, through undertaking initiatives and institute measures to promote the communication of academic issues and matters and the coordination of academic work and activities across the whole University.
In exercising its responsibilities, Academic Board may refer any item to Council for discussion, consideration and/or action.
Council reserves the authority:
- To approve the annual work plan for Academic Board; and
- To receive an annual report from Academic Board against the approved work plan.
Apart from matters reserved for Council approval (as shown above in Reserved Authorities) the Academic Board is charged by Council with being responsible for the academic governance of the University.