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Australian National University Act 1991

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Act No. 131 of 1991 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011
An Act to amend the constitution of the Australian National University and create within it a new institute to replace the Canberra Institute of the Arts, and for related purposes
Administered by: Education
Registered 24 Jan 2012
Start Date 27 Dec 2011
End Date 30 Jun 2014

Australian National University Act 1991

Act No. 131 of 1991 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 27 December 2011
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 46 of 2011

The text of any of those amendments not in force
on that date is appended in the Notes section

The operation of amendments that have been incorporated may be
affected by application provisions that are set out in the Notes section

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                             1

1............ Short title [see Note 1]........................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 1

Part 2—The Australian National University                                                         4

Division 1—Establishment of the University                                                    4

4............ Establishment of the University.......................................................... 4

4A......... Modification of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997              4

4B......... University’s financial year starts on 1 January.................................... 5

5............ Functions of the University................................................................. 5

6............ Powers of the University.................................................................... 5

7............ Organisation of the University............................................................ 7

Division 2—The Council                                                                                             8

8............ The Council......................................................................................... 8

9............ Powers of Council.............................................................................. 8

10.......... Constitution of Council....................................................................... 8

11.......... Qualifications for membership of Council........................................ 10

12.......... Meetings of Council.......................................................................... 10

13.......... Resolutions without meetings........................................................... 11

15.......... Vacation of office.............................................................................. 11

16.......... Casual vacancies............................................................................... 12

17.......... Delegation to member of Council etc................................................ 13

18.......... Delegation to committee of Council.................................................. 13

18A....... Member to act solely in interest of University................................... 14

18B....... Member to exercise care and diligence.............................................. 14

18C....... Member to act in good faith.............................................................. 15

18D....... Member not to use position improperly............................................ 15

18E........ Member not to use information improperly....................................... 15

18F........ Material personal interest.................................................................. 15

18G....... Application of Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 16

Division 3—The Institute of Advanced Studies                                             17

19.......... Constitution of the Institute............................................................... 17

Division 5—Convocation                                                                                          18

30.......... Constitution of Convocation............................................................. 18

31.......... Quorum at meetings of Convocation................................................. 18

Division 6—Senior officers of the University                                                19

32.......... Chancellor......................................................................................... 19

33.......... Pro‑Chancellor.................................................................................. 19

34.......... Vice‑Chancellor................................................................................ 19

35.......... Deputy Vice‑Chancellor.................................................................... 20

37.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 20

Division 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                       21

38.......... Execution of contracts....................................................................... 21

39.......... Validity of acts and proceedings....................................................... 21

40.......... Religious test not to be administered................................................. 22

Part 3—Financial matters                                                                                               23

Division 1—Fees                                                                                                            23

41.......... Fees................................................................................................... 23

Division 2—Finances of the University                                                             24

43.......... Application of fees and other money................................................. 24

44.......... Borrowing......................................................................................... 24

48.......... Taxation............................................................................................ 25

Part 4—Statutes                                                                                                                    26

50.......... Statutes.............................................................................................. 26

51.......... Statutes relating to traffic................................................................... 29

52.......... Statutes to be published..................................................................... 29

Part 5—Consequential and transitional provisions                                         31

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                            31

53.......... Interpretation..................................................................................... 31

Division 2—Repeal                                                                                                       32

54.......... Repeal............................................................................................... 32

Division 3—General                                                                                                    33

55.......... Senior officers to continue in office.................................................. 33

56.......... University successor in law of the Arts Institute............................... 33

57.......... Preservation of Statutes etc............................................................... 33

58.......... Transfer of assets and liabilities of the Arts Institute......................... 34

59.......... Arts Institute instruments.................................................................. 35

60.......... State or Territory officer may act on certificate.................................. 35

61.......... Pending proceedings......................................................................... 35

62.......... Staff of the Arts Institute................................................................... 36

63.......... Students of the Arts Institute............................................................. 36

64.......... Granting of Arts Institute awards...................................................... 37

65.......... Transfer of appropriated money........................................................ 37

66.......... Annual report and financial statements.............................................. 37

Notes                                                                                                                                             39


An Act to amend the constitution of the Australian National University and create within it a new institute to replace the Canberra Institute of the Arts, and for related purposes

Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Short title [see Note 1]

                   This Act may be cited as the Australian National University Act 1991.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on 1 January 1992.

3  Interpretation

                   In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

academic staff of The Faculties means the persons who are to be regarded as members of the academic staff of The Faculties because of Statutes made under paragraph 50(2)(d).

academic staff of the Institute means the persons who are to be regarded as members of the academic staff of the Institute because of Statutes made under paragraph 50(2)(d).

Arts Institute means the Canberra Institute of the Arts established by the Arts Institute Ordinance.

Arts Institute Ordinance means the Canberra Institute of the Arts Ordinance 1988.

certificate holder, in relation to an institution, means a person who has been awarded a certificate by the institution.

Chancellor means the Chancellor of the University appointed under section 32.

commencement means the commencement of this Act.

Council means the Council referred to in section 8.

dean means the head, by whatever name called, of any faculty.

Deputy Vice‑Chancellor means a Deputy Vice‑Chancellor of the University appointed under section 35.

elect includes re‑elect.

executive office means:

                     (a)  the office of Vice‑Chancellor; or

                     (b)  the office or offices of Deputy Vice‑Chancellor.

ex officio member, in relation to the Council, means:

                     (a)  the Chancellor; or

                     (c)  the Vice‑Chancellor.

general staff means members of the staff of the University other than:

                     (a)  the holders of the executive offices;

                     (b)  the academic staff of the Institute; and

                     (c)  the academic staff of The Faculties.

Institute means the Institute of Advanced Studies referred to in paragraph 7(1)(a).

Nominations Committee of Council means the persons referred to in subsection 10(2).

original Act means the Australian National University Act 1946.

Pro‑Chancellor means the Pro‑Chancellor of the University appointed under section 33.

professor does not include an assistant professor or an associate professor.

Statute means a Statute of the University made by the Council under Part 4.

The Faculties means the group of faculties and other bodies referred to in paragraph 7(1)(b).

University means the Australian National University continued in existence under subsection 4(1).

University body means:

                     (a)  the Council; or

                     (b)  Convocation.

Vice‑Chancellor means the Vice‑Chancellor of the University appointed under section 34.


 

Part 2The Australian National University

Division 1Establishment of the University

4  Establishment of the University

             (1)  The Australian National University that was, immediately before the commencement of this Act, in existence by virtue of the original Act is continued in existence under the same name.

             (2)  The University:

                     (a)  continues to be a body corporate; and

                     (b)  has a seal; and

                     (c)  may acquire, hold and dispose of real and personal property.

Note:         Subject to section 4A, the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 applies to the University. That Act deals with matters relating to Commonwealth authorities, including reporting and accountability, banking, and conduct of officers.

             (3)  The seal of the University must be kept in such custody as the Council directs and may be used only as authorised by the Council.

             (4)  All courts, judges and persons acting judicially must take judicial notice of the imprint of the seal of the University appearing on a document and must presume that it was duly affixed.

4A  Modification of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997

             (1)  Section 14, subsection 18(3), and sections 28, 29 and 48A, of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 do not apply in relation to the University.

             (2)  Nothing in section 16 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 requires the members of the Council to do anything that will or might affect the academic independence or integrity of the University.

4B  University’s financial year starts on 1 January

                   For the purposes of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, the University’s financial year is a period of 12 months starting on 1 January.

5  Functions of the University

             (1)  The functions of the University include the following:

                     (a)  advancing and transmitting knowledge, by undertaking research and teaching of the highest quality;

                     (b)  encouraging, and providing facilities for, research and postgraduate study, both generally and in relation to subjects of national importance to Australia;

                     (c)  providing facilities and courses for higher education generally, including education appropriate to professional and other occupations, for students from within Australia and overseas;

                     (d)  providing facilities and courses at higher education level and other levels in the visual and performing arts, and, in so doing, promoting the highest standards of practice in those fields;

                     (e)  awarding and conferring degrees, diplomas and certificates in its own right or jointly with other institutions, as determined by the Council;

                      (f)  providing opportunities for persons, including those who already have post‑secondary qualifications, to obtain higher education qualifications;

                     (g)  engaging in extension activities.

             (2)  In the performance of its functions, the University must pay attention to its national and international roles and to the needs of the Australian Capital Territory and the surrounding regions.

6  Powers of the University

             (1)  Subject to Division 2 of Part 3, the University has power to do all things that are necessary or convenient to be done for, or in connection with, the performance of its functions.

             (2)  The powers of the University under subsection (1) include, but are not limited to, the following powers:

                     (a)  to buy, take on lease or otherwise acquire real and personal property, and to sell, grant leases of, or otherwise dispose of, such property;

                     (b)  to develop commercially any discovery, invention or property;

                     (c)  to make charges for work done, services rendered and goods and information supplied by it;

                     (d)  to form, and participate in the formation of, companies;

                     (e)  to subscribe for and buy shares in, and debentures and other securities of, companies;

                      (f)  to enter into partnerships;

                     (g)  to participate in joint ventures and arrangements for the sharing of profits;

                     (h)  to enter into contracts;

                      (i)  to erect buildings;

                      (j)  to occupy, use and control any land or building made available to the University by the Commonwealth for the purposes of the University;

                     (k)  to employ staff;

                      (l)  to invest money of the University, and to dispose of investments;

                    (m)  to make astronomical, seismological, meteorological and other scientific observations;

                     (n)  to make loans and grants to students;

                     (o)  to accept gifts, grants, bequests and devises made to it;

                     (p)  to act as trustee of money and other property vested in it on trust;

                     (q)  to do such other things as it is authorised to do by or under this Act or any other Act;

                      (r)  to do anything incidental to any of its powers.

             (3)  In spite of anything contained in this Act or the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, any money or other property held by the University on trust must be dealt with in accordance with the powers and duties of the University as trustee.

             (4)  The powers of the University may be exercised within or outside Australia.

7  Organisation of the University

             (1)  There are, within the University:

                     (a)  an Institute of Advanced Studies constituted in accordance with section 19; and

                     (b)  a group of faculties and other bodies determined by the Council, to be known as the “The Faculties”.

             (2)  Nothing in this Act prevents the Council from establishing, within the University, for academic or administrative purposes, an organisational structure that:

                     (a)  includes bodies, or members of staff, from the Institute and The Faculties; or

                     (b)  in any other way draws its resources from the Institute and The Faculties.


 

Division 2The Council

8  The Council

                   The governing authority of the University is the Council.

9  Powers of Council

             (1)  Subject to this Act and the Statutes, the Council has the entire control and management of the University.

             (2)  The Council is to act in all matters concerning the University in the way it thinks will best promote the interests of the University.

             (3)  The powers of the Council include, but are not limited to, the power to appoint persons (whether members of the staff of the University or not) to positions of responsibility within the University.

10  Constitution of Council

             (1)  The Council consists of the following members:

                     (a)  the Chancellor;

                     (c)  the Vice‑Chancellor;

                     (k)  one person who is either a dean or the head of a research school and is elected, in either case, by the deans and the heads of the research schools voting together;

                      (l)  one member of the academic staff of the Institute of Advanced Studies elected by members of that staff;

                    (m)  one member of the academic staff of The Faculties elected by members of that staff;

                     (n)  one member of the general staff of the University elected by members of that staff;

                     (o)  one postgraduate student of the University elected by the postgraduate students of the University;

                     (p)  one undergraduate student of the University elected by the undergraduate students of the University;

                     (q)  7 members appointed by the Minister on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee of Council.

             (2)  The Nominations Committee of Council consists of:

                     (a)  the Chancellor; and

                     (b)  6 other persons appointed by the Chancellor in accordance with guidelines determined by the Council.

             (3)  In making recommendations to the Minister under paragraph (1)(q), the Nominations Committee of Council must have regard to the desirability of ensuring that there is a balance of skills, expertise and gender among members of the Council.

             (4)  At least 2 of the members appointed under paragraph 10(1)(q) must have a high level of relevant financial expertise.

             (5)  At least one member appointed under paragraph 10(1)(q) must have a high level of relevant commercial expertise.

             (6)  The Nominations Committee of Council must not recommend under paragraph 10(1)(q) a person who is:

                     (a)  a current member of:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth Parliament; or

                             (ii)  a State Parliament; or

                            (iii)  the legislature of a Territory; or

                     (b)  a current member of the academic or general staff of the University; or

                     (c)  a student of the University; or

                     (d)  a member of the Nominations Committee of Council.

             (7)  The Minister must, within 60 days after receiving written advice from the Nominations Committee of Council recommending that a person be appointed to the Council:

                     (a)  appoint the person specified to the Council for a period not exceeding 4 years; or

                     (b)  decide not to appoint the person specified if, in the Minister’s opinion, the appointment is not in the best interests of the University.

             (8)  If the Minister decides under paragraph (7)(b) not to appoint a person, the Minister must:

                     (a)  notify the Council, in writing, of the refusal; and

                     (b)  give reasons for the refusal.

             (9)  In deciding under paragraph (7)(b) not to appoint a person, the Minister must only consider the balance of skills, expertise and gender, and the periods of appointment (or proposed periods of appointment) of proposed and continuing members of the Council.

           (10)  Subject to this Act, the members of the Council referred to in paragraphs (1)(k), (l), (m), (n), (o) and (p) hold office for such periods as the Statutes provide.

11  Qualifications for membership of Council

                   A person is not qualified to become or remain a member of the Council (other than an ex officio member) if:

                     (a)  the person is under 18;

                     (b)  the person is an undischarged bankrupt or a person in respect of whom there is in operation a personal insolvency agreement with the person’s creditors under the law relating to bankruptcy;

                     (c)  the person has been convicted and is serving a sentence of imprisonment for an offence against the law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory; or

                     (d)  in accordance with the law of a State or Territory, all or any of the person’s property is, because of his or her mental incapacity, under the control of another person.

12  Meetings of Council

             (1)  The Chancellor is to preside at all meetings of the Council at which he or she is present.

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  the Chancellor is not present at a meeting of the Council; and

                     (b)  if the Pro‑Chancellor is a member of the Council—he or she is present;

the Pro‑Chancellor is to preside at the meeting.

             (3)  If neither the Chancellor nor the Pro‑Chancellor (if he or she is a member of the Council) is present at a meeting of the Council, the members present must elect one of their number to preside at the meeting.

             (4)  At a meeting of the Council, a quorum is constituted by a majority of the persons for the time being holding office as members of the Council.

13  Resolutions without meetings

             (1)  The Chancellor or Pro‑Chancellor (if he or she is a member of the Council) may, in writing, request members to pass a resolution without a meeting.

             (2)  A copy of the request and the text of the proposed resolution, must be sent to each member of the Council.

             (3)  Subject to subsection (4), the resolution is passed if each of a majority of the members of the Council eligible to vote on that resolution signs a document containing the text of the resolution and returns it to the Chancellor or Pro‑Chancellor (if he or she is a member of the Council).

             (4)  If the proposed resolution deals with whether a member of the Council has breached his or her duties under section 18A, 18B, 18C, 18D, 18E or 18F as a member of the Council, the resolution is passed if each of at least a two‑thirds majority of the members of the Council eligible to vote on that resolution:

                     (a)  signs a document containing the text of the resolution; and

                     (b)  returns it to the Chancellor or Pro‑Chancellor (if he or she is a member of the Council).

             (5)  For the purposes of this section, a member of the Council is not eligible to vote on a resolution if:

                     (a)  the resolution relates to a matter in which the member has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest; or

                     (b)  if the resolution deals with whether a member of the Council has breached his or her duties under section 18A, 18B, 18C, 18D, 18E or 18F as a member of the Council—he or she is the member to whom the resolution relates.

15  Vacation of office

             (1)  If a member of the Council (other than an ex officio member):

                     (a)  becomes disqualified under section 11 from remaining a member of the Council; or

                     (b)  dies; or

                     (c)  resigns from membership of the Council; or

                     (d)  is absent without leave of the Council from 3 consecutive meetings of the Council; or

                     (g)  in the case of a member referred to in paragraph 10(1)(k), (l), (m), (n), (o) or (p)—ceases to be qualified to be elected as mentioned in the paragraph concerned; or

                      (i)  becomes a Deputy Vice‑Chancellor of the University under section 35; or

                      (j)  is or becomes disqualified from managing corporations under Part 2D.6 of the Corporations Act 2001; or

                     (k)  has, in the Council’s opinion formed by resolution passed as mentioned in subsection (1A) or subsection 13(4), breached his or her duties under section 18A, 18B, 18C, 18D, 18E or 18F as a member of the Council; or

                      (l)  is, in the Council’s opinion, incapable (other than on a temporary basis) of performing his or her duties;

the member’s office becomes vacant.

          (1A)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(k), the Council forms its opinion by resolution passed at a meeting of the Council if the resolution is passed at the meeting by at least a two‑thirds majority of the members of the Council.

             (2)  If a person holding office as a member of the Council referred to in one of the paragraphs of subsection 10(1), other than paragraph (a) or (c), is, before otherwise ceasing to hold that office, appointed to the office of:

                     (a)  Chancellor; or

                     (c)  Vice‑Chancellor;

that person ceases, upon being so appointed, to hold that first‑mentioned office.

16  Casual vacancies

             (1)  Where a vacancy in the membership of the Council occurs under section 15, that vacancy must be filled:

                     (a)  where the Statutes make provision for the filling of that casual vacancy—in the manner provided by the Statutes; or

                     (b)  in any other case—in the manner provided in subsection 10(1) for the appointment of a person to the vacant office.

             (2)  A person appointed to fill such a vacancy holds office for the remainder of the term of office of the person’s predecessor.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply, and does not prevent paragraph 10(7)(a) applying, to the filling of a vacancy in the membership of the Council if the vacancy is one to which paragraph 10(1)(q) relates.

17  Delegation to member of Council etc.

             (1)  Subject to this section, the Council may delegate all or any of its functions and powers under this Act (except its powers in relation to the making of Statutes) to:

                     (a)  a member of the Council; or

                     (b)  a member of the staff of the University.

             (2)  The Council may revoke a delegation under this section.

             (3)  The Council must not delegate its power to:

                     (a)  appoint the Chancellor, Pro‑Chancellor or Vice‑Chancellor; or

                     (b)  approve the University’s annual budget or its business plan; or

                     (c)  approve the annual report of the University; or

                     (d)  monitor its commercial activities, and its subsidiaries and any other entities that it controls, to the extent required to ensure they do not have any significant adverse impact on, or pose an unreasonable risk to, the University’s finances and operations; or

                     (e)  review and monitor the management of the University as a whole or the University’s performance as a university (as defined by the Higher Education Support Act 2003).

18  Delegation to committee of Council

             (1)  Subject to this section, the Council may delegate all or any of its functions and powers under this Act (except its powers in relation to the making of Statutes) to the members of a committee consisting of:

                     (a)  members of the Council; or

                     (b)  members of the Council and other persons.

             (2)  A function or power so delegated may be performed or exercised by a majority of the members of the committee, acting jointly, and may not otherwise be performed or exercised under the delegation.

             (3)  The Council may revoke a delegation under this section.

             (4)  The Council must not delegate its power to:

                     (a)  appoint the Chancellor, Pro‑Chancellor or Vice‑Chancellor; or

                     (b)  approve the University’s annual budget or its business plan; or

                     (c)  approve the annual report of the University; or

                     (d)  monitor its commercial activities, and its subsidiaries and any other entities that it controls, to the extent required to ensure they do not have any significant adverse impact on, or pose any reasonable risk to, the University’s finances and operations; or

                     (e)  review and monitor the management of the University as a whole or the University’s performance as a university (as defined by the Higher Education Support Act 2003).

18A  Member to act solely in interest of University

                   A member of the Council must act solely in the interests of the University taken as a whole, having regard to its functions.

18B  Member to exercise care and diligence

             (1)  A member of the Council must exercise his or her powers and discharge his or her duties with the degree of care and diligence that a reasonable person would exercise if he or she:

                     (a)  were a member of the Council in the Council’s circumstances; and

                     (b)  occupied the office held by, and had the same responsibilities within the Council as, the member.

             (2)  A member of the Council who makes a business judgment is taken to meet the requirements of subsection (1), and their equivalent duties at common law and in equity, in respect of the judgment if he or she:

                     (a)  makes the judgment in good faith for a proper purpose; and

                     (b)  does not have a material personal interest in the subject matter of the judgment; and

                     (c)  informs himself or herself about the subject matter of the judgment to the extent he or she reasonably believes to be appropriate; and

                     (d)  rationally believes that the judgment is in the best interests of the University.

The member’s belief that the judgment is in the best interests of the University is a rational one unless the belief is one that no reasonable person in his or her position would hold.

Note:          This subsection only operates in relation to duties under this section and their equivalents at common law or in equity (including the duty of care that arises under the common law principles governing liability for negligence)—it does not operate in relation to duties under any other provision of this Act or under any other laws.

18C  Member to act in good faith

                   A member of the Council must exercise his or her powers and discharge his or her duties:

                     (a)  in good faith in the best interests of the University; and

                     (b)  for a proper purpose.

18D  Member not to use position improperly

                   A member of the Council must not improperly use his or her position to:

                     (a)  gain an advantage for him or her or someone else; or

                     (b)  cause detriment to the University or to another person.

18E  Member not to use information improperly

                   A member of the Council who obtains information because of his or her position must not improperly use the information to:

                     (a)  gain an advantage for himself or herself or someone else; or

                     (b)  cause detriment to the University or to another person.

18F  Material personal interest

             (1)  A member of the Council who has a material personal interest in a matter that relates to the affairs of the University must give the other members of the Council notice of the interest.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the member of the Council is not, because of subsection 27F(2) of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, required to give such a notice under subsection 27F(1) of that Act.

             (3)  A member of the Council who has an interest in a matter may give the other members of the Council standing notice of the nature and extent of the interest in the matter in accordance with section 27G of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

             (4)  A member of the Council who has a material personal interest in a matter that is being considered at a meeting of the Council must not:

                     (a)  be present while the matter is being considered at the meeting; or

                     (b)  vote on the matter;

except as allowed under section 27J of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

18G  Application of Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997

                   Nothing in sections 18A to 18F affects the application of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 to members of the Council.


 

Division 3The Institute of Advanced Studies

19  Constitution of the Institute

             (1)  The Institute consists of such research schools and other bodies as are established by the Council for the purposes of this section.

             (2)  A research school or another body is to be established in relation to each of the following fields of learning:

                     (a)  medical science;

                     (b)  the physical sciences;

                     (c)  the social sciences;

                     (d)  Pacific studies.

             (3)  Research schools or other bodies may be established in relation to such other fields of learning as are determined by the Council.

             (4)  The research school in relation to medical science is to be known as “The John Curtin School of Medical Research”.

             (5)  The names of the other research schools and other bodies are as determined by the Council.


 

Division 5Convocation

30  Constitution of Convocation

             (1)  Convocation consists of the following:

                     (a)  all members and former members of the Council;

                     (b)  all former members of the Board of the Arts Institute;

                     (c)  all graduates and diplomates of the University, the Arts Institute and the former Schools of Art and Music;

                     (d)  such certificate holders of the University, the Arts Institute and the former Schools of Art and Music as are, in accordance with the Statutes, admitted as members of Convocation;

                     (e)  such graduates of other universities, or other persons, as are, in accordance with the Statutes, admitted as members of Convocation.

             (2)  The Council must cause a roll to be kept of all members of Convocation.

             (3)  Meetings of Convocation may be convened by the Vice‑Chancellor or as provided in the Statutes.

31  Quorum at meetings of Convocation

                   At a meeting of Convocation a quorum is constituted by 50 members of Convocation.


 

Division 6Senior officers of the University

32  Chancellor

             (1)  The Council must appoint the Chancellor of the University. The appointee must not be a student or an employee of the University.

          (1A)  The Chancellor ceases to hold office as Chancellor if he or she becomes a student or an employee of the University.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (1A) and the Statutes, the Chancellor holds office for such period, and on such conditions, as the Council determines.

33  Pro‑Chancellor

             (1)  The Council may appoint a Pro‑Chancellor of the University. The appointee must be a member of the Council appointed by the Minister under paragraph 10(1)(q).

          (1A)  The Pro‑Chancellor may hold that office for a period that is shorter than the period of his or her office as a member of the Council. However, if:

                     (a)  the period of his or her office as a member of the Council ends at a particular time; or

                     (b)  his or her office as a member of the Council becomes vacant under section 15 at a particular time;

he or she also ceases to hold office as Pro‑Chancellor at that time.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (1A) and the Statutes, the Pro‑Chancellor holds office for such period, and on such conditions, as the Council determines.

34  Vice‑Chancellor

             (1)  The Council must appoint the Vice‑Chancellor of the University.

             (2)  The Vice‑Chancellor:

                     (a)  is the chief executive officer of the University; and

                     (b)  has such powers and duties as the Statutes prescribe or, subject to the Statutes, as the Council determines.

             (3)  Subject to the Statutes, the Vice‑Chancellor holds office for such period, and on such conditions, as the Council determines.

35  Deputy Vice‑Chancellor

             (1)  The Council must appoint a Deputy Vice‑Chancellor of the University, or more than one.

             (2)  A Deputy Vice‑Chancellor has such powers and duties as the Statutes prescribe or, subject to the Statutes, as the Council determines.

             (3)  A Deputy Vice‑Chancellor holds office for such period, and on such conditions, subject to the Statutes, as the Council determines.

37  Acting appointments

                   The Council may appoint a person to act in an executive office:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the executive office, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the executive office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the holder of the executive office is absent from duty or from Australia, is acting in another executive office or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.


 

Division 7Miscellaneous

38  Execution of contracts

             (1)  Any contract that, if made between private persons, would be by law required to be in writing under seal may be made on behalf of the University in writing under the seal of the University.

             (2)  Any contract to which subsection (1) does not apply may be made on behalf of the University by any person acting with the authority of the Council, express or implied, and, where such a contract is made in writing, it may be executed on behalf of the University by that person.

39  Validity of acts and proceedings

             (1)  This section applies to the following acts and proceedings:

                     (a)  an act or proceeding of a University body;

                     (b)  an act or proceeding of the members, or a committee, of a University body;

                     (c)  an act done by the Chancellor, the Pro‑Chancellor or a person holding an executive office.

             (2)  An act or proceeding is not invalid merely because of:

                     (a)  a defect in the appointment, election, choosing or admission of:

                              (i)  the Chancellor, the Pro‑Chancellor or a person holding an executive office; or

                             (ii)  any other member of a University body or of a committee of a University body;

                     (b)  the disqualification of a member of a University body or committee of a University body from membership of the University body or committee;

                     (c)  a defect in the convening of a meeting; or

                     (d)  any vacancy in the membership of the Council or a committee of the Council.

40  Religious test not to be administered

                   The University may not administer any religious test in relation to:

                     (a)  the admission of any person to the University; or

                     (b)  the award of any degree, diploma, certificate or honour; or

                     (c)  the holding of any office.


 

Part 3Financial matters

Division 1Fees

41  Fees

             (2)  Fees that are payable to the University, including student contribution amounts and tuition fees within the meaning of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, are payable in accordance with the Statutes.


 

Division 2Finances of the University

43  Application of fees and other money

                   The Council must apply the following solely for the purposes of the University:

                     (a)  all financial assistance paid to the University under the Higher Education Support Act 2003;

                     (b)  student contribution amounts within the meaning of the Higher Education Support Act 2003;

                     (c)  tuition fees within the meaning of the Higher Education Support Act 2003;

                     (d)  other money received by the University under this Act or otherwise.

44  Borrowing

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), the University may borrow money.

             (2)  The University’s power to borrow is subject to such limits as the Finance Minister determines as to:

                     (a)  the total amount of money (other than interest) that may be owed by the University at any time as a result of borrowings; and

                     (b)  the periods for which money may be borrowed.

             (3)  The Finance Minister may, by written instrument, delegate any of the Finance Minister’s powers or functions under this section to an official (within the meaning of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997). In exercising powers or functions under a delegation, the official must comply with any directions of the Finance Minister.

             (4)  In this section:

Finance Minister means the Minister who administers the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

48  Taxation

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), the University is not subject to taxation under the laws of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.

             (2)  The University is subject to payroll tax under the law of a State or Territory.


 

Part 4Statutes

  

50  Statutes

             (1)  The Council may make Statutes, not inconsistent with this Act or the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed by the Statutes; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed by the Statutes for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

             (2)  The powers of the Council under subsection (1) include, but are not limited to, the power to make Statutes with respect to the following matters:

                     (a)  the management, good government and discipline of the University;

                     (b)  the imposition, by or on behalf of the University, of penalties upon:

                              (i)  students of the University; or

                             (ii)  persons employed by the University;

                            for contravention of, or failure to comply with, a Statute made under paragraph (a);

                     (c)  the method of any election provided for by this Act, and the determination of questions raised in relation to the conduct or result of any such election;

                     (d)  the persons who are to be regarded, for the purposes of this Act, as members of the academic staff of the Institute or as members of the academic staff of The Faculties;

                     (e)  the persons who are to be regarded, for the purposes of this Act, as undergraduate students, or postgraduate students, of the University;

                      (f)  in relation to each University body:

                              (i)  the manner and time of convening, holding and adjourning its meetings;

                             (ii)  voting at such meetings (including postal or proxy voting);

                            (iii)  disclosure of pecuniary interests at meetings of the Convocation; and

                            (iv)  the appointment, powers and duties of chairpersons at such meetings;

                             (v)  the conduct and recording of business at such meetings;

                            (vi)  the appointment of committees of the University body; and

                           (vii)  the quorums for meetings of committees mentioned in subparagraph (vi), and the powers and duties of such committees;

                     (g)  the resignation of the following persons:

                              (i)  the Chancellor;

                             (ii)  the Pro‑Chancellor;

                            (iii)  any person holding an executive office;

                     (h)  the exercise and performance by a Deputy Vice‑Chancellor, in specified circumstances, of the powers and duties of the Vice‑Chancellor;

                      (i)  the tenure of the holder of any office or place established by or under this Act in respect of which this Act does not:

                              (i)  specify a term of office; or

                             (ii)  provide for the fixing of the term of office otherwise than by the Statutes;

                      (j)  the employment of members of staff of the University, including the terms and conditions of such employment and the termination of such employment;

                     (k)  the appointment of persons to positions of responsibility within the University, the terms and conditions of such appointments and the termination of such appointments;

                      (l)  the admission and enrolment of students;

                    (m)  the times, places and manner of holding lectures, classes and examinations, and the number and character of such lectures, classes and examinations;

                     (n)  the promotion and extension of University teaching;

                     (o)  the granting of degrees, diplomas, certificates and honours;

                     (p)  the granting of fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions and bursaries;

                     (q)  the conferring, on persons who hold degrees, diplomas or other awards granted by other institutions, of any corresponding degree, diploma or other award of the University without examination;

                      (r)  the exemption of persons undertaking a course leading to a degree, diploma or other award from the requirement to undertake particular work that would otherwise be required to be undertaken for the purposes of that course and the grant of status in respect of that work, whether or not on condition that other work be undertaken instead of the work the subject of the exemption;

                      (s)  the admission of members of Convocation;

                      (t)  the admission of persons who are undertaking or have undertaken studies at another institution to a corresponding status within the University;

                     (u)  the payment to the University of fees, including student contribution amounts and tuition fees within the meaning of the Higher Education Support Act 2003;

                     (v)  the establishment, management and control of libraries, laboratories and museums in connection with the University;

                    (w)  the establishment or affiliation of residential colleges;

                     (x)  the affiliation or admission to the University of any education or research establishment;

                     (y)  the control and investment of the property of the University;

                     (z)  the provision of superannuation or similar benefits for, and for the families of, persons holding executive office and other persons employed by the University.

             (3)  The Statutes may empower any authority (including the Council) or officer of the University to make rules or orders, not inconsistent with this Act or with any Statute:

                     (a)  regulating, or providing for the regulation of, any specified matter (being a matter with respect to which Statutes may be made); or

                     (b)  for carrying out or giving effect to the Statutes.

             (4)  A rule or order so made has the same force as a Statute.

             (5)  Subsection (3) does not permit the making of rules or orders:

                     (a)  regulating, or providing for the regulation of, a matter referred to in subsection 51(1); or

                     (b)  for carrying out or giving effect to a Statute dealing with a matter referred to in subsection 51(1) except to the extent that the rules or orders are made with respect to the discipline of the University and provide for the enforcement of such a Statute.

51  Statutes relating to traffic

             (1)  The Council may make Statutes:

                     (a)  for or in relation to the regulation or control of traffic, or of the parking, stopping, standing or leaving of vehicles, on land occupied by the University in the Australian Capital Territory, including Statutes authorising, and providing for the effect of, signs and markings; and

                     (b)  providing for the punishment, upon summary conviction, by a fine, of offences against such a Statute.

             (2)  A Statute made under this section is not to be inconsistent with a law of the Australian Capital Territory (including an enactment as defined in section 3 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self‑Government) Act 1988), but a Statute is not to be treated as inconsistent with such a law merely because it makes provisions with respect to a matter dealt with by that law, if the provisions can be obeyed without contravening that law.

52  Statutes to be published

             (1)  When a Statute has been made by the Council:

                     (a)  it must be sealed with the seal of the University; and

                     (b)  the Council must cause the Statute to be notified in the Gazette; and

                     (c)  the Statute has the force of law from the day on which it is so notified.

             (3)  The notification of a Statute in the Gazette must specify the place at which copies of the Statute may be bought.

             (5)  The production of:

                     (a)  a copy of a Statute under the seal of the University; or

                     (b)  a document purporting to be a copy of a Statute and to have been printed by the Government Printer;

is, in all proceedings, sufficient evidence of the Statute.

             (6)  The Statutes are to be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are notified in the Gazette.

             (7)  A notice in the Gazette of the fact that a Statute has been made that specifies the number of the Statute is sufficient compliance with the requirement of subsection (2) that the Statute be notified in the Gazette.


 

Part 5Consequential and transitional provisions

Division 1Preliminary

53  Interpretation

                   In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears:

Appropriation Act means an Act appropriating money for expenditure in respect of a financial year and includes an Act appropriating money, by way of interim provision, for such expenditure.

Arts Institute instrument means an instrument (including a legislative instrument) or any other document:

                     (a)  to which the Arts Institute was a party; or

                     (b)  that was given to or in favour of the Arts Institute; or

                     (c)  in which a reference is made to the Arts Institute; or

                     (d)  under which money is, or may become, payable, or any other property is to be, or may become liable to be, transferred to or by the Arts Institute;

being an instrument or document subsisting immediately before the commencement.

assets means property of every kind, and includes, but is not limited to:

                     (a)  choses in action; and

                     (b)  rights, interests and claims of every kind in or to property, whether arising under or by virtue of an instrument or otherwise, and whether liquidated or unliquidated, certain or contingent, accrued or accruing.

liabilities means liabilities of every kind, and includes, but is not limited to, obligations of every kind, whether arising under or by virtue of an instrument or otherwise, and whether liquidated or unliquidated, certain or contingent, accrued or accruing.

repealed enactment means an enactment repealed by section 54.


 

Division 2Repeal

54  Repeal

             (1)  The original Act is repealed.

             (2)  The Arts Institute Ordinance is repealed.


 

Division 3General

55  Senior officers to continue in office

             (1)  A person who, immediately before the commencement, held under the original Act the office of Chancellor, Pro‑Chancellor, Vice‑Chancellor or Deputy Vice‑Chancellor (in this section called the previous office) is taken to have been, on the commencement, duly appointed under Part 2 to:

                     (a)  the office of Chancellor; or

                     (b)  the office of Pro‑Chancellor; or

                     (c)  the office of Vice‑Chancellor; or

                     (d)  an office of Deputy Vice‑Chancellor;

(as the case may be).

             (2)  A person is taken to have been so appointed:

                     (a)  for a period equal to the remainder of the term of his or her appointment to the previous office; and

                     (b)  subject to the terms and conditions that were, immediately before the commencement, applicable to that appointment.

56  University successor in law of the Arts Institute

                   The University is the successor in law of the Arts Institute, and the succeeding provisions of this Division do not limit the generality of this section.

57  Preservation of Statutes etc.

             (1)  This section applies to:

                     (a)  a Statute made by the Council of the University under section 27 or 27A of the original Act; and

                     (b)  a Statute made by the Board of the Arts Institute under section 16 of the Arts Institute Ordinance;

that was in force immediately before the commencement (in this section called a continued statute).

             (2)  A continued statute has effect after the commencement as if:

                     (a)  it were a Statute of the University duly made by the Council under Part 4; and

                     (b)  the requirements of section 52 had been complied with in relation to it;

and may accordingly be amended or repealed by the Council.

             (3)  Any rules or orders made under the continued statute that were in force immediately before the commencement have effect on and after the commencement as if they had been made under a Statute, and may be amended or repealed accordingly.

             (4)  Where any difficulty arises in the application to a particular matter of:

                     (a)  a continued statute; or

                     (b)  any rules or orders referred to in subsection (3);

the Council may make such decision as it thinks proper to resolve the difficulty.

             (5)  A reference in subsection (4) to a difficulty arising includes a reference to a difficulty arising because of a conflict or inconsistency between 2 or more continued statutes or between rules or orders made under 2 or more continued statutes.

             (6)  A decision made under subsection (4) has effect in spite of anything contained in a continued statute or in any rules or orders referred to in subsection (3).

58  Transfer of assets and liabilities of the Arts Institute

             (1)  At the commencement, the assets and liabilities of the Arts Institute become assets and liabilities of the University.

             (2)  The following provisions apply to assets and liabilities that have become assets and liabilities of the University because of subsection (1):

                     (a)  an asset that was, immediately before the commencement, held by the Arts Institute on trust must, after the commencement, be held by the University on trust and subject to the terms of the trust on which the asset was so held by the Arts Institute;

                     (b)  liabilities of the Arts Institute to make payments must, after the commencement, be taken to be liabilities incurred by the University in the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers.

59  Arts Institute instruments

                   An Arts Institute instrument continues to have effect after the commencement but, in its operation in relation to acts, transactions, matters or things done, entered into or occurring after the commencement, has effect as if a reference in the instrument to the Arts Institute were a reference to the University.

60  State or Territory officer may act on certificate

                   Where:

                     (a)  under this Division an estate or interest in land becomes an asset of the University; and

                     (b)  a certificate that:

                              (i)  identifies the land and the estate or interest;

                             (ii)  states that the estate or interest has, because of this Division, become an asset of the University; and

                            (iii)  is signed by an officer of the Attorney‑General’s Department authorised by the Secretary of that Department to give such certificates;

                            is lodged with the Registrar‑General, Registrar of Titles or other proper officer of the State or Territory in which the land is situated;

the officer with whom the certificate is lodged may deal with and give effect to the certificate as if it were a grant, conveyance, memorandum or instrument of transfer of the estate or interest to the University duly executed under the laws in force in that State or Territory.

61  Pending proceedings

                   Where, immediately before the commencement, proceedings to which the Arts Institute was a party were pending in any court, then, after the commencement, the University is substituted for the Arts Institute as a party to the proceedings and has the same rights in the proceedings as the Arts Institute had.

62  Staff of the Arts Institute

             (1)  A person who, immediately before the commencement, was employed as a member of the staff of the Arts Institute:

                     (a)  is taken to have been employed, with effect from the commencement, as a member of the staff of the University;

                     (b)  is taken to have been so employed on the same terms and conditions as those on which the person was employed as a member of the staff of the old institution; and

                     (c)  is taken to have accrued an entitlement to benefits in connection with that employment that is equivalent to the entitlement that the person had accrued in connection with employment as a member of the staff of the Arts Institute immediately before the commencement.

             (2)  Where, because of subsection (1), a person is taken to have been employed as a member of the staff of the University with effect from the commencement, that employment is taken for all purposes to have been continuous with the employment of the person immediately before the commencement as a member of the staff of the Arts Institute.

63  Students of the Arts Institute

             (1)  A person who, immediately before the commencement, was enrolled, or entitled to be enrolled, as a student in a course of study offered by the Arts Institute is entitled to enrol, not later than 31 December 1992, as a student of the University in a course of study that is the same as, or substantially similar to, the first‑mentioned course of study.

             (2)  Where:

                     (a)  before the commencement, a person had, with the permission of the Arts Institute, deferred the person’s enrolment in a course of study offered by the Arts Institute; and

                     (b)  immediately before the commencement, that permission had not expired or been revoked;

the person is, in the academic year in which the person would, by the terms of that permission, have been required to enrol in that course of study, entitled to enrol as a student of the University in a course of study that is the same as, or substantially similar to, the first‑mentioned course of study.

             (3)  This section does not apply to a person who, immediately before the commencement, had completed the requirements of the course of study concerned.

             (4)  This section has effect subject to the Statutes and to any rules and orders made under Statutes made under subsection 50(3).

             (5)  The University must offer appropriate courses of study for the purposes of this section.

64  Granting of Arts Institute awards

                   The University may grant a degree, diploma or certificate of the Arts Institute to a student who has, in the circumstances specified in the Statutes, completed the requirements of a course in which the student was enrolled at the Arts Institute before the commencement, being a course that led to the granting of that degree, diploma or certificate.

65  Transfer of appropriated money

                   For the purposes of the operation of an Appropriation Act after the commencement:

                     (a)  references to the Arts Institute are to be read as references to the University; and

                     (b)  references to a repealed enactment are to be read as references to this Act.

66  Annual report and financial statements

                   Sections 47 and 49 apply in relation to the year ending on 31 December 1992, subject to the following qualifications:

                     (a)  the accounts and records to which section 47 applies are the accounts and records of the University and such of the accounts and records of the Arts Institute as are in the possession of the University;

                     (b)  the Council and the Auditor‑General may, in discharging their obligations under section 49, rely on accounts and records of the Arts Institute that are in the possession of the University or to which the Council is allowed access and on any other information provided to the Council by any person who held an office established by a repealed enactment or who was a member of the staff of the Arts Institute;

                     (c)  for the purposes of paragraph 49(2)(c), this Act includes the original Act and the Arts Institute Ordinance.


Notes to the Australian National University Act 1991

Note 1

The Australian National University Act 1991 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 131, 1991 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

All relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions prior to 19 December 2003 is not included in this compilation. For subsequent information see Table A.

Table of Acts

Act

Number
and year

Date
of Assent

Date of commencement

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Australian National University Act 1991

131, 1991

2 Sept 1991

1 Jan 1992

 

Higher Education Funding Amendment Act (No. 2) 1992

158, 1992

11 Dec 1992

Part 1 (ss. 1, 2): Royal Assent
Parts 2, 3 (ss.
3–46) and Part 5 (ss. 60–70): 1 Jan 1993
Remainder: 1 Jan 1994

S. 38(3)

Industrial Relations and other Legislation Amendment Act 1995

168, 1995

16 Dec 1995

Ss. 1–12, Schedules 5 and 7–10: Royal Assent
S. 13: 13 Jan 1996
Remainder: 15 Jan 1996 (see Gazette 1996, No. S16)

Statute Law Revision Act 1996

43, 1996

25 Oct 1996

Schedule 3 (item 5): 2 Sept 1991

Audit (Transitional and Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 1997

152, 1997

24 Oct 1997

Schedule 2 (items 415–422): 1 Jan 1998 (see Gazette 1997, No. GN49)

Corporate Law Economic Reform Program Act 1999

156, 1999

24 Nov 1999

Schedule 10 (item 45): 13 Mar 2000 (see Gazette 2000, No. S114)

Higher Education Funding Amendment Act 2001

86, 2001

18 July 2001

Schedule 3: Royal Assent

Higher Education Support (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003

150, 2003

19 Dec 2003

Schedule 2 (items 20–63): 1 July 2004

Sch. 2 (item 37) [see Table A]

Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Act 2004

80, 2004

23 June 2004

Schedule 1 (items 191, 212, 213, 215): 1 Dec 2004 (see Gazette 2004, No. GN34)

Sch. 1 (items 212, 213, 215) [see Table A]

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 2004

114, 2004

13 July 2004

Schedule 2 (items 39–45, 80): 14 July 2004
Remainder: Royal Assent

Sch. 4 (items
20–22) [see Table A]

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Act (No. 3) 2004

157, 2004

17 Dec 2004

Schedule 3: Royal Assent

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Act 2005

8, 2005

22 Feb 2005

Schedule 2 (items 56, 57, 174): Royal Assent

Sch. 2 (item 174) [see Table A]

Higher Education Legislation Amendment (2005 Measures No. 3) Act 2005

143, 2005

14 Dec 2005

Schedule 8 (item 1): Royal Assent

Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Amendment Act 2008

20, 2008

26 May 2008

Schedule 2 (item 3): 1 July 2008

Statute Law Revision Act 2008

73, 2008

3 July 2008

Schedule 1 (item 10): (a)

Statute Law Revision Act 2011

5, 2011

22 Mar 2011

Schedule 7 (item 24): 19 Apr 2011

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011

46, 2011

27 June 2011

Schedule 2 (items 203–207) and Schedule 3 (items 10, 11): 27 Dec 2011

Sch. 3 (items 10, 11) [see Table A]


(a)     Subsection 2(1) (item 8) of the Statute Law Revision Act 2008 provides as follows:

                 (1)   Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

8.  Schedule 1, item 10

Immediately after the commencement of item 36 of Schedule 2 to the Higher Education Support (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003.

1 July 2004


Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted     am. = amended     rep. = repealed     rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

S. 3......................................

am. No. 86, 2001; No. 150, 2003; No. 114, 2004

Part 2

 

Division 1

 

Note to s. 4(2)....................

ad. No. 152, 1997

S. 4A...................................

ad. No. 152, 1997

 

am. No. 20, 2008

S. 4B...................................

ad. No. 152, 1997

S. 6......................................

am. No. 152, 1997

S. 7......................................

am. No. 150, 2003

Division 2

 

S. 10....................................

am. No. 86, 2001; No. 150, 2003; Nos. 114 and 157, 2004; No. 73, 2008

S. 11....................................

am. No. 80, 2004

Ss. 12, 13............................

am. No. 114, 2004

S. 14....................................

rep. No. 152, 1997

S. 15....................................

am. No. 152, 1997; No. 156, 1999; No. 86, 2001; No. 150, 2003; No. 114, 2004

Ss. 16–18............................

am. No. 150, 2003

Ss. 18A–18G......................

ad. No. 150, 2003

Division 3

 

S. 20....................................

am. No. 86, 2001

 

rep. No. 150, 2003

Ss. 21–24............................

rep. No. 150, 2003

Division 4

 

Heading to Div. 4..............

rep. No. 143, 2005

S. 25....................................

am. No. 86, 2001

 

rep. No. 150, 2003

Ss. 26–29............................

rep. No. 150, 2003

Division 6

 

Ss. 32, 33............................

am. No. 114, 2004

S. 36....................................

rep. No. 168, 1995

S. 37....................................

am. No. 46, 2011

Note to s. 37.......................

ad. No. 46, 2011

Division 7

 

S. 39....................................

am. No. 150, 2003

Part 3

 

Division 1

 

S. 41....................................

rs. No. 158, 1992

 

am. No. 150, 2003

Division 2

 

S. 42....................................

rep. No. 158, 1992

S. 43....................................

am. No. 158, 1992

 

rs. No. 150, 2003

S. 44....................................

am. No. 8, 2005

Ss. 45–47............................

rep. No. 152, 1997

S. 49....................................

rep. No. 152, 1997

Part 4

 

S. 50....................................

am. No. 158, 1992; No. 152, 1997; No. 150, 2003

S. 51....................................

am. No. 150, 2003

Heading to s. 52................

am. No. 150, 2003

S. 52....................................

am. No. 150, 2003

Part 5

 

Division 3

 

S. 60....................................

am. No. 5, 2011

Div. 4 of Part 5...................

rep. No. 150, 2003

Ss. 67–75............................

rep. No. 150, 2003

Div. 5 of Part 5...................

rep. No. 43, 1996

Ss. 76, 77............................

rep. No. 43, 1996


Table A

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Higher Education Support (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003 (No. 150, 2003)

Schedule 2

37  Operation of Nominations Committee prior to commencement

If, because of section 4 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, persons are appointed to the Nominations Committee of the Council prior to the commencement of this item:

                     (a)  the Nominations Committee may make recommendations to the Minister for appointment of persons to the Council as if this item had commenced; and

                     (b)  despite subsection 4(2) of that Act, the appointment of persons to the Nominations Committee of the Council is taken to have taken effect before the making of any such recommendation.

 

Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Act 2004 (No. 80, 2004)

Schedule 1

212  Transitional—pre‑commencement deeds and compositions

(1)       For the purposes of this item, if a deed of assignment or a deed of arrangement was executed by a debtor and a trustee under Part X of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 before the commencement of this item, the deed is a pre‑commencement deed.

(2)       For the purposes of this item, if a composition was accepted before the commencement of this item by a special resolution of a meeting of creditors under section 204 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966, the composition is a pre‑commencement composition.

(3)       Despite the repeals and amendments made by Parts 1 and 2 of this Schedule:

                     (a)  the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and regulations under that Act; and

                     (b)  the Acts amended by Part 2 of this Schedule;

continue to apply, in relation to:

                     (c)  a pre‑commencement deed; and

                     (d)  a pre‑commencement composition; and

                     (e)  any matter connected with, or arising out of:

                              (i)  a pre‑commencement deed; or

                             (ii)  a pre‑commencement composition;

as if those repeals had not happened and those amendments had not been made.

213  Transitional—pre‑commencement authorities

(1)       For the purposes of this item, if:

                     (a)  an authority given by a debtor under section 188 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 became effective before the commencement of this item; and

                     (b)  as at the commencement of this item, none of the following had happened:

                              (i)  the execution by the debtor and the trustee of a deed of assignment under Part X of the Bankruptcy Act 1966;

                             (ii)  the execution by the debtor and the trustee of a deed of arrangement under Part X of the Bankruptcy Act 1966;

                            (iii)  the acceptance of a composition by a special resolution of a meeting of the debtor’s creditors under section 204 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966;

the authority is a pre‑commencement authority.

(2)       Despite the repeals and amendments made by Parts 1 and 2 of this Schedule:

                     (a)  the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and regulations under that Act; and

                     (b)  the Acts amended by Part 2 of this Schedule;

continue to apply, in relation to:

                     (c)  a pre‑commencement authority; and

                     (d)  the control of the debtor’s property following a pre‑commencement authority becoming effective; and

                     (e)  a meeting of the debtor’s creditors called under a pre‑commencement authority; and

                      (f)  whichever of the following is applicable:

                              (i)  a deed of assignment executed after the commencement of this item by the debtor and the trustee under Part X of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 in accordance with a special resolution of such a meeting;

                             (ii)  a deed of arrangement executed after the commencement of this item by the debtor and the trustee under Part X of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 in accordance with a special resolution of such a meeting;

                            (iii)  a composition accepted after the commencement of this item by a special resolution of such a meeting; and

                     (g)  any other matter connected with, or arising out of:

                              (i)  a pre‑commencement authority; or

                             (ii)  a deed of assignment mentioned in subparagraph (f)(i); or

                            (iii)  a deed of arrangement mentioned in subparagraph (f)(ii); or

                            (iv)  a composition mentioned in subparagraph (f)(iii);

as if those repeals had not happened and those amendments had not been made.

215  Transitional—regulations

(1)       The regulations may make provision for matters of a transitional nature arising from the amendments made by Parts 1 and 2 of this Schedule.

(2)       The Governor‑General may make regulations for the purposes of subitem (1).

 

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 2004 (No. 114, 2004)

Schedule 4

20  Definition

In this Part:

Principal Act means the Australian National University Act 1991.

21  Amendments relating to the Chancellor

The amendments of section 32 of the Principal Act made by this Act apply to each person holding office as Chancellor under that section on or after the commencement of this item, whether that person was appointed to that office before, on or after that commencement.

22  Amendments relating to the Pro‑Chancellor

(1)       This item applies to a person who holds office as Pro‑Chancellor immediately before the commencement of this item.

(2)       The appointment of the person as Pro‑Chancellor continues in force after the commencement of this item as if it had been made under section 33 of the Principal Act as amended by this Act.

(3)       For the purposes of the Principal Act as amended by this Act, the person is taken, on the commencement of this item:

                     (a)  to have been appointed to the Council by the Minister under paragraph 10(1)(q) of the Principal Act on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee of Council; and

                     (b)  to have been so appointed for a period equal to the remainder of the period of his or her office as Pro‑Chancellor if no amendment of section 33 of the Principal Act had been made by this Act.

 

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Act 2005 (No. 8, 2005)

Schedule 2

174  Saving provision—provisions that formerly referred to the Treasurer

(1)       Any thing that:

                     (a)  was done by the Treasurer, or by a delegate of the Treasurer, before the commencing time under an affected provision; and

                     (b)  was in effect immediately before the commencing time;

continues to have effect after the commencing time as if it had been done by the Finance Minister under the affected provision.

(2)       In this item:

affected provision means a provision that is amended by an item in this Schedule so as to replace references to the Treasurer with references to the Finance Minister.

commencing time means the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

Finance Minister means the Minister who administers the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

 

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011 (No. 46, 2011)

Schedule 3

10  Saving—appointments

The amendments made by Schedule 2 do not affect the validity of an appointment that was made under an Act before the commencement of this item and that was in force immediately before that commencement.

11  Transitional regulations

The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) relating to the amendments and repeals made by Schedules 1 and 2.