After 150 years as an unincorporated institution of the Uniting Church in Australia, the incorporation of Wesley College as a new legal entity Wesley College Melbourne, became effective on 1 September 2016.

The College worked closely with the Uniting Church in Australia (Victoria and Tasmania) throughout the transition to legal independence and the implementation of new contemporary governance arrangements to support the College as it moved towards legal independence from the Church.

A revised constitution was approved on 19 November 2016 at a Special General Meeting of Wesley College. The transfer of land trusteeship to Wesley College from the Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Victoria and Tasmania) was completed on 8 December 2016.

Wesley College Council responsibilities

The Wesley College Council meets approximately nine times each year and is responsible for overall governance of the College, strategic direction, reviewing plans and budgets, and related performance monitoring.

The revised constitution gives broader capabilities to the Council so a separate Council Purpose and Responsibilities Statement has been prepared. This statement acts as an internal guideline covering the role of the Council, the Principal and various committees.

The Council is also responsible for the appointment of the Principal who has responsibility for the operation and administration of the College. The Principal reports to the Council on all educational and administration matters.

The Council prepares an annual delegation of authorities list, specifying the authority level of each person and/or committee. This list is provided to the Principal, committees and staff members of the College.

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The Council has five appointed Committees with particular responsibilities:

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