National Council is the supreme decision-making body of the NTEU.
Council meets annually (usually in late September/early October, in Melbourne) to set policy in a wide range of areas. It comprises National Officer, Division Presidents and Secretaries, National Executive members, and about 100 National Councillors directly elected by members in Branches
Each Branch is entitled to one National Councillor for each 300 members. The minimum size to qualify for a councillor position is 150 members. Thus small sites are combined to give effect to representation. In addition, there are 3 Councillors elected by and from Indigenous members.
National Council elects members of the National Executive. From among the elected members of the National Executive, National Council also elects a Vice-President (Academic) and a Vice-President (General).