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ECU Legislation and Policy Search Directory

The Legislation and Policy Search Directory is a contemporary, streamlined and user-friendly tool which encompasses all University legislation including statutes, rules, by-laws and policies.


The governance of the University takes place within a specific statutory framework. At the highest level of that framework is the Edith Cowan University Act 1984 (WA) ('the ECU Act'), as amended, which establishes the University as a body corporate, consisting of the Council, the members of staff and the enrolled students.

University Statutes

The Council has the power to make statutes in relation to a range of matters under section 26 of the ECU Act.

Amendments to a statute must be endorsed by Council and transmitted to the Governor for approval via the Minister. Once approved by the Governor, the amendments are to be published in the Government Gazette and tabled in both Houses of Parliament.

University By-Laws

By-laws have been enacted to assist in the effective control and management of University lands. By-laws are made pursuant to section 29 of the ECU Act.

Like statutes, amendments to the by-laws must be made by Council, approved by the Governor, gazetted and tabled in both Houses of Parliament.

University Rules

Pursuant to 26(7) of the ECU Act, Council is authorised to make rules that provide for the regulation of matters specified by statute. Council may, by resolution, revoke or amend the whole or any part of a rule.

Under Statute 4, a rule, or amending rule, must be sealed with the Common Seal of the University and takes effect from the date upon which it is published or from a later date specified in the rule.

University Policies

University Policies provide a concise, formal statement which describes how members of the University are to act in a particular area of its operation.

University Policies are approved by the University Council (for high level University policies where Council scrutiny is appropriate, consistent with the Matters to be Reserved to Council). The Vice-Chancellor approves all other University Policies.

More information

For more information about University Statutes, By-Laws, Rules and Policies please visit the Strategic and Governance Services Centre web pages.

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