Convocation has two major areas of responsibility: a statutory role in the governance of the University and a role to encourage Convocation members to support and contribute to the intellectual and cultural prosperity of the University.
Convocation is required to hold two General or Ordinary Meetings each year. These occur in March and September. At these meetings, Convocation members can be required to consider recommendations by Council relating to changes to the Statutes of the University or other matters requiring their vote.
The Warden of Convocation presides at Ordinary Meetings. The first Meeting of the year is aligned to the announcement of the incoming Council of Convocation.
Since July 2006, Convocation has considered proposed changes to nine Statutes forwarded to it by the University Senate
From The University of Western Australia Act 1911:
4. University to consist of Senate, Convocation, and members
The University shall consist of a Senate, Convocation, staff and graduate and undergraduate students.
- Convocation shall consist of
- all members and past members of the Senate;
- all graduates of the University;
- such graduates, fellows, members, licentiates and associates of universities, colleges or institutions duly authorised to grant degrees, diplomas, licences or certificates as are admitted to be members of Convocation under a Statute;
- such persons, being representatives of commercial, industrial, scientific, professional or educational associations, institutions, societies or other bodies as the Senate may, from time to time, admit to be members of Convocation upon such conditions, including contributions to be made by the association, society or body and the term of each respective member, as the Senate may determine, but any such association, society or body shall have only one member representing it at one time;
- such persons who have rendered services or made gifts to the University as the Senate may, from time to time, admit to be members of Convocation;
- the duly appointed representative of the Guild of Undergraduates.
The duties and activities of the Council of Convocation are outlined in Statute 9 (11):