Statute 2.1 – The Council (Rescinded)

This Statute is rescinded from 4th March 2014 and is replaced by RMIT Statute No. 1. Please refer to this document for any transitional arrangements or for reference purposes.

1.1 The Council will comprise the following persons namely:
(a) the Chancellor;

(b) the Vice-Chancellor and President;

(c) two persons elected by the Academic Board as follows:

(i) one person elected whose principal activities are in higher education matters
(ii) one person elected whose principal activities are in vocational education and training matters

(d) 3 persons elected by and from the staff of the university as follows:

(i) one person elected by Academic Staff (Higher Education);
(ii) one person elected by Academic Staff (Vocational Education and Training);
(iii) one person elected by General Staff;

(e) 2 persons elected by and from students enrolled at the university;

(f) 6 persons appointed by the Governor in Council;

(g) one person appointed by the Minister;

(h) 6 persons appointed by the Council1.

1.2 If one of the members elected under 1.1 (c ) is not a professor or an associate professor, one of the members of staff elected under sub-section 1.1(d) must be elected from the staff who are professors or associate professors.

1.3 Of the members appointed under sub-sections 1.1(f) and (h):
(a) two must be persons with financial expertise with relevant qualifications and experience in financial management at a senior level;

(b) one must be a person with commercial expertise at a senior level;

(c) one must be a person who has substantial knowledge or experience of vocational education and training.

1.4 Members appointed under sub-section 1.1 (f) or (h) must not be persons who are employed as staff, or are students at, the university.

1.5 Not more than 3 of the members appointed under sub-sections 1.1(f) and (h) may be persons whose normal place of residence is outside Australia.

1.6 Elections of members of the Council shall be conducted in accordance with Statute 9.1.Elections and Regulation 9.1.1 Elections.

2. The Council will meet on such occasions as it may decide from time to time but not less than six times in each year.

3. A special meeting of the Council:

(a) may be convened by the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor and President whenever either officer considers a meeting to be necessary;

(b) shall be convened by either the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor and President within fourteen days of the receipt of a written request of ten members setting out the matters for which the meeting is to be convened.

4. The Secretary of the Council shall cause to be delivered to each member not less than five days’ notice in writing of the date of any Council meeting and setting out the matters for which the meeting is to be convened except that the Council at any meeting may approve the consideration of any matter by a vote of the majority of members present.

5. In all matters of notice, proceedings of a meeting of the Council will be considered to have been validly transacted notwithstanding the accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to, or the nonā€receipt of notice of a meeting by, a member unless:

(a) the attention of the Council at such meeting is directed to some irregularity of time or matter in the notice convening the meeting; and
(b) the Council fails to resolve that the irregularity be waived.

6. Regulations made pursuant to this Statute will come into effect when displayed on the university’s Statutes and Regulations Web site.

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