12 distinguished professorships
4,116 employees1
20,308 student enrolments1
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Partners and community

Leadership and structure

JCU Vice Chancellor and President Professor Simon Biggs seated outside the Education Central Building at the JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas

Vice Chancellor and President

Professor Simon Biggs

Professor Simon Biggs commenced his appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook Ƶ Australia in February 2022.

He is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the Ƶ across all operating sites, including campuses in Cairns, Townsville and Singapore.

He also advises the Ƶ Council on all policy issues and represents JCU in a range of forums.

Executive leadership

Under the guidance of the Vice Chancellor and President, the Executive is JCU’s primary management decision-making body.

It develops and implements strategies, policies and procedures to support the Ƶ’s strategic goals and operational requirements.

Members of the Executive also include the Chief of Staff, Chief Financial Officer and designated Deputy Vice Chancellors.

Close up of the roof at the Central Plaza on the JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas.

Ƶ Council

The Ƶ Council is the principal governing body of the Ƶ, led by the Chancellor.

Its main role is to oversee the affairs of the Ƶ and ensure that the appropriate structures, policies, processes and planning are in place for JCU to effectively manage its activities and achieve its goals.

The Council is also responsible for setting and reviewing JCU's strategic direction.


JCU has an academic division which oversees six Colleges, and service divisions for research, education, services and resources, and functions of the Chancellery.

Organisational structure chartDivisions and Colleges


JCU is a body corporate established under the James Cook Ƶ Act 1997 and governed by a Ƶ Council.

Chancellor, Council and committeesLegislation, policies and procedures


JCU is working towards the achievement of genuine and sustainable reconciliation between Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community.

Reconciliation at JCU


Through world-class research and productive industry partnerships, JCU is focused on delivering innovative and impactful outcomes that help secure a sustainable future for our region.

Sustainability at JCU
5.6% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students1
63% female students1
16% international students at Cairns and Townsville campuses2
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