In 2010, Universities Australia was tasked by the Joint Committee on Higher Education with developing a voluntary code of best practice governance to replace the existing National Government Protocols for Higher Education Providers. The task was carried out by a joint working-party chaired by University of Western Sydney Chancellor Mr John Phillips. 

Both Universities Australia and the University Chancellors Council gave their endorsement to the voluntary code at meetings during 2010. The code was subsequently approved and endorsed by the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment in July 2011. 

The final document, Voluntary Code of Best Practice for the Governance of Australian Universities, is available below. 

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