The University is governed by a Council of 15 members representing University and community interests and led by the Chancellor. The President and Vice-Chancellor is the principal executive officer of the University and is responsible for the overall direction of corporate planning, budget activities and external relations. Under the Council, the President and Vice-Chancellor manages and supervises the administrative, financial and other activities of the University.
The Academic Board is the principal academic body of the University, responsible for academic standards and for formulating and recommending policy. The policy areas relate to functions conferred on Academic Board under the By-law; student academic and student conduct (including disciplinary) matters; student admission, including special admission schemes and the award of postgraduate research degrees.
The University’s Executive Team, led by the President and Vice-Chancellor comprises: The Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research); the Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic); Vice-President, Finance and Operations; Vice-President, University Services; Vice-President, Advancement; and by invitation the President of the Academic Board.
There are eight faculty Deans, Rector of UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean of Graduate Research, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) and Registrar, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International). In accordance with the Register of Delegations, these officers have significant delegated authority in relation to their areas.