Academic staff elections to Senate

Would you like the chance to help determine the strategic direction of ACU? Would you like to participate directly at the highest levels of ACU’s governance? Elections open on 16 February to appoint two members of academic staff to the university Senate for a three-year term of office.

Senate is ACU’s Board of Directors and is the peak governing authority for the university. Its members’ roles include managing the budget, creating policy, ensuring regulatory compliance, overseeing university operations, and ensuring adequate risk management procedures are implemented and followed across the university.

As part of their duties, Senators normally attend six meetings and one planning day per year, attend sub-committee meetings where appropriate, and attend functions and graduation ceremonies. Too busy to commit to this? Don’t worry, the university recognises that Senators need time to adequately discharge their duties and makes allowances in determining academic workload. Senate-related travel, accommodation and other expenses (where necessary and appropriate) are also covered by the university.

If you would like more information about the Senate, what it does and who its members are, visit the Senate website and read the ACU Constitution. You can also read the formal Notice of Election and Call for Nominations on the Elections website for more information or contact

Are you a member of academic staff and interested in nominating? Check your inbox next Wednesday 16 February after 10am AEDT for a personalised email and link to nominate from our election platform partners BigPulse (if you don’t see it, please check your spam and junk mail filters). Click the link, follow the instructions, and you are in with a chance of becoming one of our new academic staff Senators.

Nominations close at 4pm AEDT on Wednesday 2 March.

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