About the UCC

The University Chancellors Council (UCC) comprises Chancellors of all public, not-for-profit universities within Australia. The UCC is used as a means for university Chancellors to discuss key issues and current events surrounding the tertiary education sector in Australia. The Council meets twice each year, with one of these meetings occurring jointly with Universities Australia. Chancellors can be represented by a Deputy Chancellor or a council member of their university’s governing body during UCC meetings and events.

The purpose and function of the Council is to:

  1. Assist Australian universities in the carrying out of their respective and collective functions;

  2. Provide a means of voicing appropriate concerns on behalf of Australian universities on matters of governance;

  3. To liaise with Universities Australia Limited and similar organisations and act as ambassadors in the advancement and promotion of Australian universities;

  4. To provide a forum for communication and discussion concerning Australian universities and related institutions; and

  5. To carry out such activities as are necessary to further the above objects.

The University Chancellors Council holds a joint meeting with Universities Australia once per year.


History of the UCC

The University Chancellors Council (UCC) was established in 2004 as the University Chancellors Conference and renamed to the University Chancellors Council in 2007.

The current Convenor of the UCC is Mr Stephen Gerlach AM, Chancellor of Flinders University, who is supported by a sub-committee made up of other University Chancellors from around Australia.

Previous convenors of the UCC have included:

  • Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chancellor of Western Sydney University

  • Dr Ian Gould AM, former Chancellor of the University of South Australia

  • Professor Vicki Sara AO, former Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney

  • Emeritus Chancellor Mr John Phillips AO (dec), former Chancellor of Western Sydney University

  • Dr David Klingberg AO, former Chancellor of the University of South Australia


The Role of the Chancellor

A Chancellor is the formal head of a university, chairing the institution’s governing body, presiding at ceremonial occasions such as graduations and representing and advocating for the university’s interests in the wider community. For full details of a Chancellor’s role, see the University Governance in Australia page.