Governance elections

The University of Wollongong values the participation of both staff and students in its decision making. Each year, the University hosts elections for a number of staff and student positions on governance bodies to ensure that all perspectives are considered.

The Annual General Election period is held from September to October and elections take place as required depending on the regulations governing each individual body and position. A Returning Officer is appointed to oversee the conduct of each election.

If a representative position is vacated before the end of its appointed term, a Casual Vacancy is created. An election to fill a Casual Vacancy may occur outside of the Annual General Election period.

Current elections

Election for Chair of Academic Senate

The Academic Senate is the principal academic body of the University, having responsibility for advising the Council and the Vice-Chancellor on matters relating to teaching, scholarship, research and related activities in accordance with these terms of reference. Senate plays an important role in the governance of the University by working in collaboration with the University Council (Council), the University Executive and the academic community.

Further information about Academic Senate membership and the role and functions of Academic Senate can be found on the Academic Senate website.

Chair of Academic Senate

The role of the Chair of Academic Senate is to provide leadership and direction to the Senate, ensuring that its meetings function efficiently and effectively and that the Senate’s responsibilities as set out in the Terms of Reference are fulfilled. The Chair of Academic Senate is a member of Council, a member of all Academic Senate Committees, and serves on other key UOW committees.


In accordance with the Academic Senate Electoral Rules, any Associate Professor or Professor, who is not an Executive Dean, is eligible to stand for election if their name appears on the Roll of Associate Professors and Professors of the University.

The Roll of Associate Professors and Professors of the University consists of Associate Professors and Professors employed by the University of Wollongong.


Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by another person whose name appears on the roll of Associate Professors and Professors, or by another person who is a current member of Academic Senate. Candidates nominated by another person must consent in writing to their nomination.  Nomination forms are available on request by emailing the UOW Elections (

Further information

For further information about this election, or to request a nomination form, please contact UOW Elections (

Key dates

  • Nominations open: 20 May 2024
  • Nominations close: 11 June 2024
  • Ballot open (if required): 19 June 2024
  • Polling closed (if required): 25 June 2024
  • Declaration of results: 26 June 2024

Key election documents