Terms of Reference

The terms of reference of the Monash University Council are stated in Statute 2.1 of the University Legislation.

Statute 2.1 - The Council

1. An ordinary meeting of the Council shall be held at least eight times between the months of February and December inclusive in each calendar year in accordance with a schedule of meetings approved by the Council each year in respect of the following calendar year.

2. The chancellor or vice-chancellor and president shall have power to call a special meeting for the consideration of business which either may wish to submit to the Council.

3. In all matters of notice, proceedings of the meeting of the Council shall be deemed to have been validly transacted notwithstanding the accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to, or the non-receipt of notice of a meeting by, a member unless –

3.1. the attention of the Council at such meeting is directed to some irregularity of time or matter in the notice convening the meeting; and

3.2. the Council fails to resolve that the irregularity be waived.

4. A special meeting of the Council may be convened by the chancellor or the vice-chancellor and president on any notice for the consideration of business which either may wish to submit to the Council as a matter of urgency.

5. A special meeting of the Council shall be convened by either the chancellor or the vice-chancellor and president or, in their absence, by the registrar upon the written request of six members setting forth the objects for which the meeting is required to be convened and the meeting shall be called within fourteen days after the receipt of such request.

6. No member shall make any motion initiating a subject for discussion at any meeting of the Council except in pursuance of notice given to the registrar at least ten days previously; except that at any meeting Council may by vote of the majority of members present permit the introduction of any subject for discussion.

7. If a quorum of the Council be not present within half an hour after the appointed time for a meeting whether special or ordinary all business which should have been transacted at such meeting shall stand over for the next ordinary meeting and take precedence thereat.

8. Subject to the provisions of the Monash University Act 1958 and this statute the Council shall approve standing orders for the regulation of all procedure at Council meetings.