Joint University Executive / Academic Board Culture Taskforce

The Culture Taskforce is responsible for driving, building momentum and overseeing the Culture Strategy within the University Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

The Joint University Executive and Academic Board Culture Taskforce will:

  1. champion and advise on the best way to effect cultural change in the institution.
  2. provide overall governance of the implementation of a group of related initiatives. The Taskforce is responsible for managing the approach, scope, progress, benefits, risks, issues and timelines
  3. (The key day-to-day decision making responsibilities are delegated to the Executive Owners and their teams).

Terms of Reference
Composition and membership
Meeting dates and deadlines
Committee contact
Meeting papers

Terms of Reference

The Culture Taskforce will:

  1. Create the Cultural Vision
    - Articulate and promote a bold vision for the culture of 2020 and beyond.
    - Define tangible objectives and institutional initiatives to meet the needs of the Culture Strategy.
    - Design a five-year framework to meet objectives.
  2. Measure and monitor
    - Create and develop a series of indicators that will identify cultural progress, areas of excellence that can be shared with the broader University and areas where improvements should be supported.
    - Serve as a forum where case studies can be considered to reflect on the progress of cultural change.
    - Initiate deep dives, audits, incentives and other levers to tackle problem areas.
  3. Serve as a central forum
    - Harmonize, coordinate and bring together different University communities that have a duty to contribute to the culture strategy.
    - Align the priorities of different stakeholders within the University.
    - Lessen the impact of institutional siloes, promotes institutional-wide initiatives and collaboration amongst culture stakeholders. - Oversee organization of events to publicize and promote the new culture.
    - Celebrate the positive aspects of our existing culture.
  4. Drive and oversee culture initiatives in 2016-2020 Strategic Plan
    - Accountable for the successful oversight of all culture initiatives within the 2016-2020 strategic plan.
    - Support, advise and influence research and education strategic implementation to ensure the sustainable adoption of a ‘culture of excellence’.
    - Makes recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor in regards to the approval and authorization of projects funded that drive progress towards the culture initiatives.
    - Manage the funding within the envelope approved to deliver the Culture Strategy.
    - Influence and approve the content, direction and approach of all initiatives within the Culture Strategy.
    - Responsible for the continued promotion of the university’s values.
    - Identify and tackle counterproductive work behaviours that hamper and impede culture change and development.
    - Actively advocate for the culture strategy.

The Culture Taskforce full terms of reference can be downloaded as a PDF.

Composition and membership

Meeting dates and deadlines

2019 Meetings


Agenda items due

Agenda distributed

Meeting date

Thursday 31 January 2019

Friday 1 February 2019

Friday 8 February 2019

9:45am– 10:20am

Tuesday 23 April 2019

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Wednesday 1 May


Thursday 6 June 2019

Friday 7 June 2019

Friday 14 June

9:30am– 11:30am

Thursday 16 August 2019

Friday 16 August 2019

Friday 23 August 2019


Thursday 10 October 2019

Friday 11 October 2019

Friday 18 October 2019

9:30am– 11:30am

Committee contact

Committee Officer, University Secretariat
Rosie Biasi
T +61 2 8627 8052
M +61 411 161935

Meeting papers

Meeting papers are available on the secure Joint UE-AB Culture Taskforce SharePoint site.