The governing body is the Senate which consists of:
five ex officio members: the Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Chair of Academic Board and one cleric nominated by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference;
four persons (one each from Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra and Victoria) elected by the Members of Company on a nomination of each State Chapter and approved by the Archbishop of the relevant State and Territory;
four persons elected by the Members of Company from a panel of persons nominated by Senate and persons nominated by Members of Company;
three persons elected by and from the academic staff of the University;
one person elected by and from the professional staff of the University;
one student of the University elected in accordance with the Statutes.
There are four sub-committees of Senate: Audit and Risk Committee, Standing and Finance Committee, Honorary Awards Committee, Nominations and Remuneration Committee.
The Academic Board is the senior academic governance committee of the University and has the principal responsibility to maintain the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research and to safeguard the academic freedom of the University.
The University has four Chapters in Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra and Victoria. These provide advice to the Senate on local needs and demands, and serve as important links to community interests.