Amendment of The Act
St John’s College Act 1857
The College is governed under a statute of the New South Wales Parliament, the St John’s College Act 1857. The Act as currently in force may be found here.
In 2012 the College Council established a Working Party on Governance to consider the adequacy of the existing arrangements in several areas, including those mandated by the 1857 Act. The Working Party met on eight occasions between April 2013 and March 2014 and reported to meetings of Council throughout this period.
In September 2013 the College released a Consultation Paper detailing a number of proposed changes to the 1857 Act to bring the governance of the College into line with contemporary corporate and university practice. The Paper was made available on the College’s website and sent to interested parties including all alumni for whom the College has an email address and all current students. A total of 72 responses was received. A meeting was held on 2 December 2013 to which all persons who responded were invited, and a further meeting was held on 9 December 2013. The various views expressed through the consultation process were considered by the Working Party and the full Council.
On 13 February 2014 Council resolved to adopt a set of proposed amendments to the Act for recommendation to the NSW government. The proposed amendments, with the endorsement of the Archbishop of Sydney and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, were sent to the Minister for Education in April 2014 with a request that the government introduce amending legislation into the NSW Parliament.
On 22 November 2017 the Minister for Education introduced the St John’s College Bill 2017 into the Legislative Assembly.