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Researchers who deal with quarantine status materials should take note of the recent prosecution of a Brisbane transport company found to have breached their biosecurity obligations.

Late last year, the Brisbane District Court found the company guilty of numerous offences for the way they dealt with quarantine status materials. (more…)

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If you are engaging an individual or a sole trader to perform, present or complete some work for you, there are some common myths about contractual relationships you shouldn’t believe.

Myth 1: I don’t have to make a superannuation payment on behalf of a contractor with an ABN (Australian Business Number).

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In most cases, contracts end naturally when the agreed obligations have been performed or the contract reaches its expiry date.

Before you part ways with the other party, make sure you’ve tied up any loose ends – it could save you a lot of time and trouble in the long run! (more…)

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Officers of the University have have a crucial role to play in promoting integrity within the University and calling out wrongdoing. All university personnel should be familiar with the University’s Reporting Suspected Wrongdoing webpage. You should also be aware that you have legal obligations under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act to report any reasonable […]

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With the New Year, amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 commenced. As of 1 January 2019, copyright duration has become standardised across all types of works in Australia regardless of whether they were in the public domain or not. Until now, duration of copyright terms applied only to work that had been made public. Works […]

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Last Sunday – 9 December 2018 – was International Anti-Corruption Day. The Day serves to remind everyone that fraud, bribery and corruption are unpalatable features of the global and domestic economies which undermine opportunities for fair exchanges between countries, organisations and individuals. The United Nations has identified the negative impact corruption has on education, health, […]

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The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme introduces a new registration requirement for anyone acting on behalf of a foreign entity where the intended purpose is to influence political outcomes. The Scheme commences on Monday, 10 December 2018. The Scheme has been designed to ensure anyone exerting such influence on Australian government policies or democratic processes does […]

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The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption has again cautioned public officers about using private email accounts for business purposes in his latest annual report (2017/18). There is nothing wrong with private email accounts in and of themselves, but the Commissioner’s point is that they are not an appropriate medium for official business transactions and records. Persistent […]

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Notifiable Event Reporting

All personnel at the University have a responsibility to report Notifiable Events as and when they happen. This duty of disclosure extends to staff, students, titleholders, volunteers, visitors, contractors and staff of Controlled Entities.

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One of the most challenging aspects of compliance can be figuring out what and how legal obligations apply to your role. You might be familiar with Acts that apply specifically to your disciplinary area or research expertise, but less familiar with the broad range of State or Commonwealth Acts that apply to the whole of […]

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