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Policy and governance

John Curtin was a leader who believed that a great university should ‘look ever forward’. Our policies and governance provide a framework to ensure we honour this ideal.

Look ever forward

University Council

The University Council is our governing authority according to the Curtin University of Technology Act 1966. The Chancellor leads the council.

The day-to-day running of the University is under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor and a group of senior officers from academic and corporate areas.

The Senior Executive Team (SET) is an advisory body that meets weekly to advise the Vice-Chancellor on strategic and operational issues. All decisions are actioned in accordance with the delegations contained in the Register of Delegations.

2015 University Council Members

University Council Members effective 13 April 2015

University policy

Policies and procedures help to ensure Curtin University runs as smoothly as possible. In addition to these policies, Curtin University is required to comply with State and Federal laws. We have information online to help you navigate through policies, procedures and laws.

The Policies and Procedures website is a central repository for all Curtin legislation, policies, procedures and protocols.

Our Legal and Compliance Services website is a central repository for:


The Curtin University of Technology Act 1966 has gone through a series of amendments since it’s inception. Most notably was the shift from technical institution to university in 1987. In 1998, an amendment was made to enable the University to establish and maintain branches outside the State of Western Australia, which allowed Curtin to open Curtin Sarawak in Malaysia in 1999.

The functions of the University, as laid down in the Act, include:

  • to provide courses of study appropriate to a university
  • to provide other tertiary courses to advance and develop the practical knowledge
  • to develop and improve tertiary education
  • to provide other such courses as may be approved by the Council
  • to undertake research and directly or indirectly aid the application of science and technology to industry
  • to foster the general welfare and development of our enrolled students
  • to make appropriate academic awards to enrolled students who have attained standards approved by the University
  • to provide facilities for the functions above, determined by what the Council thinks is necessary or beneficial to those functions.

View the Curtin University of Technology Act 1966 (WA).