This Policy provides the overarching principles for the management of James Cook University delegated authorities in order to perform the functions necessary to manage the University’s Academic and Student Delegations.
All Academic and Student Delegations will:
This policy applies to all members of University Council and all staff of James Cook University while acting in their official capacity and in accordance with Delegations pertaining to the following policy domains:
Authorisation - is a mechanism where a Delegate authorises an appropriate JCU Staff member to carry out actions which arise from a decision made by a Delegate where:
(a) such enactment of that decision requires significant administration; and
(b) does not involve further decision making.
Delegation – is the authority granted to a Delegate by a person or body in whom a power is vested by legislation or otherwise, to independently exercise that power.
Delegate - an appropriately qualified officer or group of persons empowered to act through a Delegation.
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(a) in accordance with:
i. the James Cook University Act 1997 (Qld);
ii. Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (Qld);
iii. industrial awards and agreements;
iv. relevant legislation;
v. the Policy and Delegations Framework; and
vi. the University’s policies and procedures;
(b) with due consideration for the best interests of the University; and
(c) in accordance with the University’s values and beliefs.
3. Section 11(1) of the James Cook University Act 1997 (Qld) allows the University Council to delegate its powers under the James Cook University Act 1997 (Qld) to:
(a) an appropriately qualified member of the University Council;
(b) a committee consisting of appropriately qualified persons, but which must include 1 or more members of the University Council; or
(c) an appropriately qualified member of the University’s staff.
However, section 11(2) of the James Cook University Act 1997 (Qld) prohibits the University Council from delegating its power:
(a) to make University statutes or rules; or
(b) to adopt the University’s annual budget; or
(c) to approve spending of funds available to the University by way of bequest, donation or special grant.
4. No Delegate is allowed to sub-delegate their delegated power to another individual or group of people.
5. Section 32(5) of the James Cook University Act 1997 (Qld) allows the Vice Chancellor to delegate his/her legislatively vested powers to an ‘appropriately qualified member of the university’s staff’.
6. Delegations are limited to the Delegate’s area of responsibility, in terms of organisational unit or portfolio, unless otherwise explicitly stated in the relevant delegations register.
7. Delegations are attached to positions not to the occupant of the position.
8. Delegations must have a clear and traceable source of authority.
9. A Delegate may provide an Authorisation. This is not a sub-delegation. A Delegate cannot authorise any other person to make a decision under a delegation on behalf of the Delegate. In circumstances where a Delegate makes an Authorisation, the Delegate retains full accountability for the exercise of the Delegation.
10. Delegates are expected to act reasonably, in the interests of the University and in accordance with good governance practices at all times.
11. In accordance with the Code of Conduct, Code of Conduct – University Council or Conflicts of Interest – University Council Policy (if applicable), a Delegate must not exercise powers under their Delegation if it involves a direct personal benefit or interest,
12. Delegates may not exercise powers under Delegations in respect of themselves or their own positions. Limited exceptions to this must be specifically identified in approved Policy, Delegation Registers or other formal University instruments.
13. A Delegate who is found to have exercised a power under a Delegation improperly may be subject to discipline and the Delegation(s) may be revoked.
14. All Delegations pertaining to the policy domains of Learning and Teaching, Student Services, Research Management, and Research Education shall be contained in the Academic and Student Delegations Register.
15. Delegations identified in the Academic and Student Delegation Register may not be sub-delegated.
16. Where a Delegation is found to exist outside of the Academic and Student Delegation Register it must be brought to the attention of the relevant policy co-sponsor (Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor or Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic) for action and removal from policy to the relevant register.
Policy and delegation management
17. All Delegations will be periodically reviewed by policy sponsors:
18. Where inconsistency is found between a Delegation located in a Council approved Delegations Register and a Delegation contained in a policy, the Delegation located in the relevant Delegations Register (as approved by Council) shall be deemed to be the applicable Delegation.
19. Change management of the Academic and Student Delegation Register shall be the responsibility of the relevant sponsor as identified in the Policy and Delegations Framework and in accordance with the Academic and Student Delegation Management Procedures.
20. Proposed changes to academic and student Delegations shall be made in consultation with relevant stakeholders prior to submission for approval.
21. Delegates are responsible for communicating any policy, process and Delegation management issues to the relevant co-sponsor (Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor or Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic).
Policy and Delegations Framework
JCU policies and procedures
Academic and Student Delegation Management Procedure
Financial Delegations Policy
Human Resources Delegations Policy
Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct – University Council
Conflicts of Interests – University Council Policy
NOTE: Printed copies of this policy are uncontrolled, and currency can only be assured at the time of printing.
Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic
Date for next Major Review
NOTE: A minor amendment will not result in a change of the next major review date.
Approval date - the date the approval authority approved the establishment, minor or major amendment or disestablishment
Implementation Date - the date the policy was published in the Policy Library and is the date the policy takes effect
Amendments to align with approved Legal Office changes to definition of ‘Authorisation’ and to the clarification of the meaning of ‘authorisation’ at clause 9.
Quality, Standards and Policy Office
Amendments resulting from review of academic and student delegations – refer to 20 June Academic Board Minutes for details.
Quality, Standards and Policy
Manager Quality, Standards and Policy