The University of New England is a body corporate established by the University of New England Act, 1993 (NSW), (UNE Act). The University of New England comprises the UNE Council, Convocation, the University's graduates and its students. The functions of its governing bodies (UNE Council and Academic Board) are outlined within the UNE Act and its associated University of New England By-law (2005) .
The Vice-Chancellor is appointed by Council as the University's Chief Executive Officer and is also the University's principal academic officer. The Vice-Chancellor is supported and assisted by a team of senior executives, who provide strategic, policy and operational advice relating to their individual portfolios.