The Annual Report summarises the University's activities over the previous year. It is an official report on its operations, statistical profile, financial statements and performance indicators.
The University was established under, and is governed by, the University of Western Australia Act 1911.
The Senate is the University's governing body, empowered with the authority to make statutes, regulations and by-laws as detailed in the University Calendar. Standing committees of the Senate meet regularly and make recommendations to the Senate on relevant matters.
The Senate consists of 21 members:
All elected, appointed and co-opted members other than the students have four year terms, and may serve for no more than twelve years.
The Chancellor - elected by Senate for a four-year term either from among its members or from elsewhere. The Chancellor is the chair of the Senate.
The Pro-Chancellor, who is also elected for a four-year term, acts in the Chancellor's absence.
The positions of Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor are honorary.
The following officers comprise jointly what is known as the Executive:
Additionally there is:
The Academic Board is the chief academic body in the University. Its constitution, membership and terms of reference are set out in Statute No. 19 and in the Regulations made pursuant to this Statute. It has delegated authority for most of its business to the Academic Council.
There are nine Faculties, each of which comprises groups of cognate schools. Deans are responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the administration of their Faculties, and Heads of School administer the schools within a Faculty.
The appointed Deans have Faculty executive roles covering research, teaching, academic structures and academic processes, as well as delegated authority from the Vice-Chancellor to manage University resources and to implement Faculty plans, University policies and priorities.
Convocation consists of University graduates and some others who are eligible to be members under the provisions of Section 17 of the University Act. The Warden of Convocation, is elected annually by the members of Convocation.
Convocation meets twice yearly. Under section 31 of the University Act all amendments to statutes must be referred to Convocation for review before they can be submitted to the Governor in Executive Council for approval, and subsequent advertisement in the Government Gazette.