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Charles Darwin University annual report 2012



Charles Darwin University annual report 2012


Charles Darwin University


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1 January to 31 December 2012

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56 CDU ANNUAL REPORT 2012 Charles Darwin University Council is the governing body of the institution. Led by the Chancellor, Council governs the affairs of the University under the Charles Darwin University Act 2003. Five standing committees assist Council in carrying out its responsibilities: Academic Board is the principal academic body assisting the Council and Vice-Chancellor in all matters relating to learning, teaching and assessment, and the assurance and enhancement of the academic quality and standards of all programs and awards. Finance and Infrastructure Development Committee is responsible for assessing and advising Council on the Universitys financial position and performance, its assets and liabilities, and its strategies relating to income, budget allocations and capital expenditure. Audit and Risk Committee assists the Council in exercising governance, due care, diligence and skill in relation to discharging the following broad duties: financial reporting, internal controls and risk management, external audit, internal audit, and controlled and associated entities. Tender Committee is responsible for reviewing tenders, expressions of interest, certificates of exemption or other means of procurement in excess of the Universitys $10,000 procurement threshold. Nominations, Honorary Awards and Legislation Committee oversees nominations for Council membership, provides advice in relation to honorary awards, and reviews all proposed legislation. The Council delegates the implementation of University strategic direction and the management of day-to-day operations to the Vice-Chancellor, supported in this role by an executive team. University governance best practices The University was deemed compliant with the National Governance Protocols as described in the Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines under the Higher Education Support Act 2003. The affairs of the University are to be conducted by the Council Council assumes stewardship of the University through a set of responsibilities set out in Section 8 of the Charles Darwin University Act: Monitor the performance of the Vice-Chancellor Approve the mission and strategic direction of the University Approve the budget and business plan of the University Oversee the management of the University, including approving significant commercial activities Regularly review delegations under the Act Monitor systems of accountability implemented by the University Review management practices and performance of the University Oversee risk management across the University. The composition of the Council must be appropriate to the duties and responsibilities The University Council is based on a board-of-trustees model, with members appointed or elected acting solely in the interests of the University and not as delegates or representatives of a particular constituency. The structure, composition and size of Council are determined by the Charles Darwin University Act. Direction in the Act ensures Council is able to discharge its responsibilities and duties adequately via the following membership: Chancellor (appointed by the Council) Vice-Chancellor Chair of the Academic Board Eight members appointed by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, representing a broad range of community interests and including financial and commercial expertise One person elected by and from the full-time HE academic staff One person elected by and from the full-time VET academic staff One person elected by and from the undergraduate students One person elected by and from the postgraduate students. Governance University governance and executive management

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