The Council is the governing authority of the University and is responsible for ’the direction and superintendence of the University’.

Role of RMIT University Council

The role of Council is set out in the RMIT Act 2010 (PDF 342 KB) and it is this Act that defines the objectives of RMIT University and the Council’s statutory responsibilities. The Council is chaired by the Chancellor, Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO.

The primary responsibilities of the Council include:

  • Appointing and monitoring the performance of the Vice-Chancellor
  • Approving the mission and strategic direction of RMIT and its annual budget and business plan
  • Overseeing and reviewing the management of RMIT and its performance
  • Establishing policy and procedural principles for the operation of RMIT, consistent with legal requirements and community expectations
  • Approving and monitoring systems of control and accountability, including overview of any controlled entities
  • Overseeing and monitoring the assessment and management of risk across RMIT, including university commercial activities
  • Overseeing and monitoring RMIT’s academic activities
  • Approving any significant university commercial activities

Council comittees

Council Committees help to discharge RMIT’s statutory functions and responsibilities and in some cases are required under various legislation (i.e. the Financial Management Act requires the establishment of an audit committee). Careful consideration is given to the Council committee structure to ensure that each committee that is established is necessary with a clearly stated purpose.

The Committee structure is also regularly reviewed to ensure it continues to be effective and adds value to the administration of Council’s responsibilities. Council has established three standing committees:

Contact us

University Secretariat
T: +61 39 925 2008

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer