The University’s principal governing body is the Council. The powers of the Council are assigned in Part 3 (Division 1) of the University of South Australia Act and include:
- overseeing the management and development of the University
- approving strategic plans and major policies, devising or approving statutes and by-laws for the University,
- monitoring and reviewing the operation of the University
- appointing, and overseeing the performance of the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice Chancellor.