The University of Adelaide is governed by its Council which is established by the University of Adelaide Act 1971.
The University of Adelaide Council:
- has not less than 12 and not more than 16 members
- is chaired by the Chancellor
- is advised by its 6 Standing Committees
- and Council meetings normally occur eight times per year.
A list of Former Officers of the University is maintained by the University Archives.
Council's principal responsibilities include:
- appointing the Vice-Chancellor & President as the chief executive officer of the University and monitoring his or her performance
- approving the mission and strategic direction of the University, as well as the annual budget and business plan
- overseeing and reviewing the management of the University and its performance
- establishing policy and procedural principles, consistent with legal requirements and community expectations
- approving and monitoring systems of control and accountability, including general overview of any entities controlled by the University (within the meaning of section 50AA of the Corporations Act 2001)
- overseeing and monitoring the assessment and management of risk across the University, including commercial undertakings
- overseeing and monitoring the academic activities of the University
- approving significant commercial activities of the University.
The Council must in all matters endeavour to advance the interests of the University.