Governing bodies

Learn about UNSW’s strategic decision making bodies.


Learn about the governing bodies behind the University’s strategic decision-making and compliance.

University Council
The UNSW Council is the peak governing body at the university. It is comprised of 15 members, including 2 elected student representatives: one undergraduate and one postgraduate.
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Academic Board
The UNSW Academic Board is the principal academic body of the University responsible for approving academic proposals, providing advice on academic policy, strategy, and academic standards. Membership consists of the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellors; Deans, professorial and non-professorial representatives from each faculty and students.
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Management Board
The Management Board of the University is led by the President and Vice-Chancellor, and comprises UNSW Provost, Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Vice-Presidents.
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UNSW Foundation Board
The University’s philanthropic initiatives are overseen by our Foundation Board Directors, and those on our affiliated international entities, adhere to the University of New South Wales Act 1989.