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University of Canberra Amendment Bill 1991



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House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Higher Education and Employment Services

Purpose

To allow the Chief Minister of the A.C.T. Legislative Assembly to appoint two persons, provided they are not members of the A.C.T. Legislative Assembly, to the University of Canberra Council and to make a technical amendment to the audit requirements of the University of Canberra.

Background

The University of Canberra Act 1989 (the Principal Act) provides for the establishment of the University of Canberra (UC) with sponsorship arrangements with Monash University. The Principal Act provides that the sponsorship arrangement will continue until either the Minister has declared that Monash University is no longer willing to sponsor the UC or the Governor-General makes a regulation repealing the sponsorship, an action which has to be taken before 1 January 1993. Section 11 of the Principal Act provides for a Council of 17 comprising the Vice-Chancellor, three appointed by the Governor-General, two appointed by the Governor-General on the nomination of the Minister of the A.C.T. responsible for matters relating to education, two appointed by the Council on the nomination of the Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, one, not being an employee or student of the University, elected by graduates of the UC and of the Canberra College of Advanced Education, three members of the academic staff elected by members of that staff, one member of general staff elected by members of that staff, two students of the UC elected by students of the UC and up to two others appointed by the Council.

In the Canberra Times of 16 May 1991, it is reported that the amendment proposed by this Bill to exclude members of the A.C.T. Legislative Assembly from appointment to the UC Council, if passed, will end a 15 month long deadlock between the A.C.T. and Federal Governments. The deadlock has resulted in the UC Council functioning with two vacancies. According to the Canberra Times story, the deadlock has arisen because of a refusal of the A.C.T. Government to withdraw a nomination of two Assembly members to the UC Council and a refusal by the Commonwealth Minister for Employment, Education and Training to accept the nominations.

Main Provisions

A new subparagraph 11(1)(c) will be substituted into the Principal Act by clause 3. The effect of proposed subparagraph 11(1)(c) will be to allow the Chief Minister of the A.C.T. Legislative Assembly to appoint two persons, provided they are not members of the A.C.T. Legislative Assembly, to the UC Council.

Under subparagraph 39(2)(b) of the Principal Act the Auditor-General is required to report on whether the UC's financial statements correspond to the UC's accounts and records and, in the Auditor-General's opinion, whether they show fairly the financial transactions and the state of the affairs of the UC. The amendment proposed by clause 4 will remove the requirement that the Auditor-General report on whether the financial statements show fairly the financial transactions and state of the affairs of the UC.

Bills Digest Service 23 May 1991

Parliamentary Research Service

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Commonwealth of Australia 1991

University of Canberra Amendment Bill 1991

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1991.