Series 198 - Australian National University Council minutes

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Australian National University Council minutes


  • 1946 - 2008 (Creation)

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4.2 m (19 type 1 and 1 type 4 boxes)

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(1946 -)

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The Australian National University Act 1946 establishes the Council as the governing authority of the University. The Interim Council dates from 1 August 1946 to 30 June 1951. From 1 July 1951 the term Council was used. Its membership was provided for by section 11 of the Act including members elected by the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Governor-General, Convocation, students and staff and co-opted members. It is chaired by the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor is also a member. Amendments to the Act in 1960 increased its members to include the Pro-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Principal of the School of General Studies, and the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Advanced Studies.

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The original signed minutes of both the Interim Council (1946–1951) and the Council (from 1951) are bound in dark blue hardback volumes. For the period 1946 to 1962 there are both originals (Box 1) and an unsigned duplicate set (Boxes 2 and 3).


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Open access under a 30-year rule

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Item list, index to decisions (ANUA 245)

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There are files relating to each Council meeting in Central Files (ANUA 53) and a bound set of agenda, minutes and agenda papers (ANUA 280)

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 16 November 2007. Revised by Greg Bell on 29 November 2012.




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