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Report on Council meeting – 21 February 2017

At its meeting held on 21 February 2017, the University Council received/considered/noted the following key matters:

New Campus Developments and other major projects

The Chief Operating Officer gave a verbal update on new campus developments and other key major projects.

USC Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019

The USC Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019 was noted, as presented by the PVC (Students) and set out in Document 4.3.1.

2016 USC Audited Financial Statements

Council resolved to approve the University’s 2016 Annual Financial Statements for sign off by the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor and President and Chief Operating Officer before the QAO deadline, as advised by the CFO.

2016 December Budget Outcomes Report

Council resolved to approve the 2016 December Budget Outcomes Report, as set out in Document 6.2.2.

ICSC Membership

Council resolved to approve the appointment of Mr Mark Ferris to the Board of Directors of the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast Pty Ltd for a period of three years, commencing 21 February 2017 – 20 February 2020.

Complaints about the Vice-Chancellor and President (Crime and Corruption Act 2001 S 48A) Governing Policy

Council resolved to approve the Complaints about the Vice-Chancellor and President (Crime and Corruption Act 2001 S 48A) Governing Policy, as set out in Document 7.1.

Statutory Bodies Financial Arrangements Act 1982 - The provision of indemnities by Statutory Bodies

A Memorandum outlining recent changes affecting the provision of indemnities by Statutory Bodies was noted, as set out in Document 8.3.

Vote of thanks to the outgoing Chancellor

Council were informed that, after 20 years of service to the University Council, including ten years as Chancellor, today would be the final meeting attended by John Dobson. As a regional leader, well known for his dedication to the community, John first joined Council in August 1996 and shortly after commenced as Chairperson of USC’s Foundation Board. During this time on Council, he provided the necessary leadership to successive Councils, to achieve the appropriate balance of scrutiny and support for the University’s executive. John’s willingness to engage with local philanthropists has led to the University securing close to $10 Million in donations over the years (leading to the construction of a multi-level car park at Sippy Downs and the creation of the Thompson Institute).

The Deputy Chancellor proposed a vote of thanks to the outgoing Chancellor for his significant contribution to the University over the past 20 years.

Mr Dobson responded by thanking Council and the Executive for their support over the years adding that it had been an honour and a privilege to serve as the Chancellor of such a fine institution.

Other items

On this occasion, Council also received or noted the following:

  • Regular reports from the Vice-Chancellor and President and the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Report on Exercise of Delegations
  • Report on Use of the University Seal
  • Minutes and reports of standing committees of Council
  • 2016 ICSC Audited Financial Statements
  • Capital & Commercial and Asset Management Services Report
  • Annual Report of the Executive Dean – FABL
  • Annual Report of the Executive Dean - FoSHEE
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