Governance and management decision making bodies

The distinction between governance and management is not always a clear delineation.

A small number of committees either have joint reporting lines to governance bodies and management structures, or must co-ordinate their business to ensure that there is an alignment. An example of the co-ordinated approach is evidenced in the University's course approvals process. Under policy, some aspects of this process are overseen by the Course Portfolio and Scholarships Committee (PDF) (a sub-committee of the Senior Executive Group which is established by the Vice-Chancellor) and other aspects course approvals are co-ordinated by Academic Board through its Coursework Committee (PDF).

The Senior Executive Group both acts in an advisory capacity to the Vice-Chancellor, but also provides reports through the Vice-Chancellor, to Council and the Academic Board.


The Council is the governing authority and has the direction and superintendence of the University.

The Council monitors aspects of university-wide activity, and oversees the implementation of the University Strategic Plan, and approves the University's budget.

It appoints and works closely with the Vice-Chancellor as the University's Chief Executive and Academic Officer to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the University.

Academic Board and its Current Structure

At La Trobe, the Academic Board is the peak academic governance body established by University legislation (Academic Board Statute, 2009 (PDF 34KB)). The legislation provides for an entity responsible to Council for academic oversight of the University's awards, courses and programs, the implementation and maintenance of academic policies and review of the operations of the University in relation to admissions, assessment and matters of academic misconduct.

As a means of discharging its responsibilities, the Academic Board is supported by a Committee structure (PDF 19KB). The Academic has, by resolution, established a range of committees and sub-committees.