The University of Technology Sydney Act 1989 (NSW) is UTS’s founding instrument. It outlines the university's objectives and functions as well as constitutional matters such as the membership and role of Council. The Act allows for the making of by-laws and rules.
The object of University of Technology Sydney By-law 2005 (NSW) is 'to provide for certain matters under the University of Technology Sydney Act 1989, including the following:
(a) the term of office of the Chancellor,
(b) the qualification and method of election of the members of the Council who are elected,
(c) the procedures for nomination of appointed members of the Council,
(d) membership of Convocation,
(e) rules that may be made.'