The Framework is designed to:
- ensure that a clear and consistent governance and management approach is adopted in the development of all University policy that enables improved compliance with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements;
- enable efficient and effective decision making, which incorporates quality assurance and risk management practices, where appropriate; and
- establish clear accountabilities and delegated authorities for individual roles and groups.
The Policy Framework fits within Monash's broader governance framework that starts with the Monash University Act. Where documents conflict in the hierarchy the highest relevant document takes precedence.
There are three types of documents within the Policy Framework: policies, procedures and schedules.
A policy is a concise, formal and mandatory statement of rules that outline the University’s position on governance, academic or operational matters.
A procedure sets out the mandatory university-wide processes, practices or actions required to implement and comply with a policy. It specifies responsibilities for action and decision making.
A schedule may be developed for implementation in response to a specific requirement within a statute, regulation, policy or procedure, or to meet an external requirement.
All policies, procedures and schedules are categorised as Governance, Academic or Operational, with category definitions for each indicated below:
|Category type||Category definition|
|Governance||Policies that Council reserves for its own approval and for those that underpin the University’s compliance with certain legislative obligations, such as audit and risk.|
|Academic||Policies that support the integrity and delivery of quality for education, graduate research and research.|
|Operational||Policies that support the management and administration of the University.|