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University Legislation

The University was established by the Commonwealth Government in 1967 as the Canberra College of Advanced Education, under the Canberra College of Advanced Education Act 1967(Cth).The College became the University of Canberra with effect from 1 January 1990. Jurisdiction for the University was passed to the Australian Capital Territory on 1 December 1997, and is governed under the University of Canberra Act 1989. Sections 40, 41 and 42 of the Act define the powers of the University to make statutes, rules and orders to carry out or give effect to the Act.

This subsidiary legislation is used for the purposes of management, good government and discipline of the University and provides procedures and details to flesh out necessarily brief descriptions of powers of the University set out in the Act. This subsidiary legislation has the force of law subject to the constraints of any superior legislation such as other acts of the ACT, the Commonwealth, and the Australian Constitution.

Statutes, Rules and Orders

The statutes and rules shown on these sites are those currently in force. There is a separate list of statutes and rules no longer in force, Repealed and Amending Statutes and Rules. The statutes and rules should be read in conjunction with the University Handbook and other policies and procedures issued by the University for specific purposes.

Statutes

Statutes are made under section 40 of the University of Canberra Act 1989 (ACT). New or amending statutes are first considered by the Legislation Committee of Council and, if endorsed, considered by Council. Statutes are then referred to the ACT Executive. Once signed they are "notified" as a Disallowable Instrument.

A statute comes into effect on the date of "notification" or an alternative date of commencement if specified in the statute.

Rules

Rules are subsidiary to Statutes and are made under subsection 40(3) of the University of Canberra Act 1989 (ACT). New or amending rules are first considered by the Legislation Committee of Council and, if endorsed, considered by Council. Unlike statutes, rules do not need to be submitted to the ACT Executive.

The commencement date for each rule is specified in the rule. Rules are only effective while the "parent" statute is in force.

The rules and their "parent" statutes are listed on the Relationship between Statutes and Rules (document has been archived).

Orders

Orders may be made under subsection 40(3) of the University of Canberra Act 1989 (ACT). The University does not currently make Orders.

Comments and Feedback

The University subsidiary legislation is evolving over time to meet the needs of the University to manage its affairs. Students and staff of the University are the persons principally affected by this legislation and comment about the operation of the statutes and rules would be welcomed. Comments should be directed by email to the Secretary of Council, or by mail to:

Council secretariat
University of Canberra ACT 2601
Australia.