CAUL is an incorporated association governed by a Constitution and managed by a Board of directors. The Council usually meets twice per year for a conference style meeting and once per year for the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The four elected directors on the Board are elected by the 39 Australian members of the Council from among the 39 members. The 8 New Zealand members have observer status at the AGM.
Under the Constitution the Board has the power to create and manage governance instruments including regulations, policy and procedures. The Board itself is governed by a Charter which outlines its role and responsibilities.
The Board is responsible for establishing a strategic plan in alignment with CAUL’s mission and goals. The 2020 - 2022 Strategic Plan focuses on four strategic themes:
- Advancing Open Scholarship (FAIR)
- Building Sustainable Leadership
- Enabling a Modern Curriculum
- Respecting Indigenous Knowledge
Committees and working groups
The Board has the power to create working groups and committees to further the business of the assocation. Current committees include: