Report on the Review of the Australian National University (ANU) Act 1991 and the governance arrangements of the ANU (the Walker Review)

Wednesday 24 June 2015

News

In September 2014, in consultation with Australian National University (ANU) Chancellor, Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC and Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Young AO, the Australian Government commissioned a review to ensure that the ANU’s legislative and governance arrangements remain fit for purpose, and to assist the university to maintain and enhance its status as a leading university, nationally and internationally, for the coming decades.

Professor (Emeritus) Sally Walker AM conducted the review.  Professor Walker is a distinguished lawyer and a highly experienced and respected university administrator, having served as Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University from 2003 – 2010 and before that Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.

The review found that the ANU is a highly successful university, consistently ranking among the top universities in Australia and the world, and that there is much about the governance of the ANU that is exemplary.

The review report makes 29 recommendations aimed at further strengthening the university’s governance arrangements and ensuring that its legislative arrangements will allow the Council to govern effectively into the future.

The Government is considering Professor Walker’s recommendations as it works towards ensuring that the ANU is a standard bearer for governance in the Australian higher education sector.

The Review of the Australian National University (ANU) Act 1991 and the governance arrangements of the ANU.

More information can be found in the Minister for Education and Training’s media release.