Last week the WA Parliament passed new legislation covering the governance and commercial operations of the state's five universities.
The local higher education sector has sought for many years to have their Acts of Parliament changed to reduce the regulatory burden imposed on them and allow them greater freedom to use their land for commercial purposes.
Under the Universities Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, Curtin, Murdoch and Edith Cowan universities could now use their land for commercial purposes, something UWA has long had available to it.
The legislation also makes changes to UWA's governance structure with the size of the Senate to be reduced from 21 members to 17. Under the new legislation the Senate will continue to have elected staff, student and Convocation representatives.
The Acts also permits members of Senates and Councils to be paid sitting fees, which would be determined by the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal.
The legislation also states that the Student Guild be paid at least 50% of the money collected as a student services and ammenities fee (SSAF).
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