Office of the Registrar

Identity area

Type of entity

University unit

Authorized form of name

Office of the Registrar

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Description area

Dates of existence

1947 - 1998


From 1947, the Registrar, reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, was responsible for the administrative work of the University with duties specified in the University statutes such as conducting Council elections, acting as Secretary of the Council, the Board of Graduate Studies and each Faculty and Faculty Board, and affixing the common seal of the University to official documents and degrees, but also for correspondence with public bodies, legislation, personnel matters (except academic appointments) and official publications. The Registrar initially directed the work of all administrative areas but as the University administration grew, new structures were developed. The Bursar was responsible for budgets, accounting services, business management and for residential housing. The Academic Registrar was the secretary of the Boards of the Institute of Advanced Studies and of the School of General Studies, responsible for administrative matters related to academic staff appointments and student matters. The Registrar (Property and Plans) was responsible for the coordination of planning, including the relating of academic plans to the provision of buildings and site development. Functions which had been managed by the Office of the Registrar were devolved to other areas such as University Information (later, Public Affairs Division) and Human Resources so that by 1998 the Office of the Registrar was no longer identified as an administrative unit. From 2006, the position of Registrar has headed the Division of Registrar and Student Services.


Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

Robert Osborne: 1947 - 1949
Ross Hohnen: 1949 - 1968
David Hodgkin: 1968 - 1974
Bill Hamilton: 1974 - 1978
George Dicker: 1979 - 1985
Rosalind Dubs: 1985 - 1990
Acting Registrar, Warwick Williams: 1991
Robert Arthur: 1992 - 1998

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

ANU University Information (1982 - 1987)

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Description of relationship

For public relations function

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Control area

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created by Claire Griffiths, 15 August 2011; revised by Maggie Shapley 15 February 2013




ANU Calendars
ANU Annual Reports
S G Foster and M Varghese, The Making of the Australian National University 1946-1996, Allen and Unwin, 1996

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