The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for co-ordinating the University's financial, physical, human, legal, management information, corporate operations, commercial activities, information technology and Occupational Health and Safety services. He acts as University Secretary and Public Officer. UQ has an operating budget of $1.6B and some 7,500 full time equivalent staff (16,400 people).

The Chief Operating Officer also assists the Vice-Chancellor in regard to strategic planning and the framework of the University's highly successful research commercialisation and technology transfer activities.

Areas under direct management of this portfolio include:

  • Human Resources Division
  • Legal Office
  • Finance and Business Services
  • Information Technology Services
  • Strategic Planning and Management Information
  • Corporate Operations
  • Property and Facilities
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Integrity and Investigations Unit (IIU)
  • Internal Audit
  • Enterprise Risk