A statute is the primary legislative instrument that can be made by the University under Victorian legislation. Statutes can be enacted, amended and repealed only by University Council, and any statutes enacted, amended or repealed must receive approval of the Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills (The Hon Peter Hall in 2011) before they can take effect.
Statutes are enacted when required by Victorian legislation (for the affiliation of colleges or other bodies, for example). Otherwise they typically establish significant University policies and provisions applying to a group of entities or people. Matters of detail subject to frequent change and matters related to the detailed implementation of policy are dealt with at a lower level of legislation such as in regulation.
The Regulations are linked to the Statutes they relate to. The Regulations attached to Statutes have been brought up to date to include amendments made by the University Council at its meetings held on 14 December 2009, as well as editorial amendments. These regulations can be opened through the links shown in the statutes contents list.
Further to its meeting 5/10 on 10 May 2010, Council has now revoked all R6 and R7 regulations. These regulations have become University Trust Records under Statute 10.3 . The substantive content of the previous regulations has not changed and the numbering remains the same. For example, “Regulation R6.171 - The Dorcas McClean Scholarship” has become University Trust Record (UTR) 6.171 - The Dorcas McClean Scholarship. UTRs will be drafted by the Trusts Office for approval by the relevant faculty/department as before. Subject to receipt of these approvals, and others as may be required, new UTRs and amendments of existing UTRs will now be certified by the General Counsel rather than being made by Council. Their certification, and key features of the terms, will be reported by the Trusts Group to Council via the Legislation and Trusts Committee. All UTRs will continue to be available on the University Secretary’s web site as was the case with trust regulations.