Council is the governing body of the University, established by the James Cook University Act 1997 and consists of 15 members including official, appointed and elected members.
The primary role of Council is to oversee the affairs of the University and, in so doing, to ensure that the appropriate structures, policies, processes and planning are in place for JCU to effectively manage its activities and achieve its goals. Council is also responsible for setting and reviewing the strategic direction of the University, as outlined in the Statement of Strategic Intent.
The Council is chaired by the Chancellor, who is elected to this honorary position by the members.
A number of Committees support Council in making its decisions or through delegations are authorised to make decisions on its behalf.