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Council Secretariat

The role of the Council Secretariat is to promote good governance and provide a high level of support to Council and its committees. This includes:

  • providing executive support to the Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor;
  • providing support to the advisory committees of Council;
  • facilitating the induction of new Council members on the advice of the Chancellor;
  • considering any relevant legislation and policies relating to agenda items;
  • coordinating the production and distribution of Council papers;
  • assisting with the agenda setting and consulting over meeting minutes;
  • ensuring Council meets its statutory obligations in relation to financial statements, reporting and governance protocols;
  • ensuring the Chancellor is briefed in relation to any matters of potential conflict between the Council and the University; and
  • obtaining legal advice required by Council and advising it about policy and procedural matters.


General Counsel & University Secretary — Eric Wells

Contact:  (02) 6201 2026

Minute Secretary - Helen Vooren

Contact: (02) 6201 2613


A template is provided to assist with the preparation of agenda items.  The rules for submission are as follows:

  • All papers should highlight the key issues in a summary, which provides enough information to Council/Committee to enable them to understand the issues.
  • Papers should be a maximum of five pages. Any supporting documents should be provided as attachments, and if possible, not exceed 10 pages.
  • Papers must be received by the Secretariat eight working days prior to the meeting.
  • Papers should not include page numbers.

Download agenda item template (35KB DOC)