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The University maintains an extensive insurance program to protect its people, property and activities. The program consists of a range of policies that span the breadth of the University’s activities, from corporate travel to property to research projects. The program is renewed annually.

Providing all relevant details to the insurer before they “accept the risk” is an important part of any insurance contract. This can be challenging in a large organisation such as the University, with its incredibly diverse range of teaching and research activities.

To fulfil its duty of disclosure, and to maximise the available cover, the University relies on each area of the University providing complete and accurate information about their people, assets and activities requiring cover.

How you can help

This is the time of year where your Directors and Heads of School are working with the Insurance Office to provide information about your area’s assets and activities for next year.

If you are planning any future events or activities, exploring a new partnership or area of research or  have any claims or notifiable events to report, now is the time to raise and escalate those things with the Head of your area. This will allow the University to ensure adequate cover for these activities going forward.

The University recently updated its Insurance Program Policy, available on the University Policies website.

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Have you seen the Legal and Risk Self Service Portal? A growing range of resources are available for University personnel to download, including the following recently added templates: (more…)

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From 1 July 2019, working with children checks will be subject to a new statutory regime under the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016. The checks will be issued by a central assessment unit in the Department of Human Services (DHS), their status will be continuously monitored and they will be current for a 5 […]

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Spider web

The adage “publish or perish” resonates throughout the academy. Scholars and universities both rely on publication statistics to measure achievements and quantify contributions to knowledge. At the same time, technological innovation has changed the way academics are able to publish their work. The open access publication model, in which the author pays to publish their […]

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Self service

Legal and Risk standard templates and resources are now available in one location on the new Legal and Risk Self Service Portal. The resources have been developed to help you to confidently manage your obligations at the University. Whether you are managing risks, coordinating a contract, wondering how local or federal laws apply to you, […]

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Connecting the dots - Australia

With the commencement of another Planning Development and Review cycle supervisors may receive declarations by staff of conflicts of interest, or become aware of someone seeking to exert undue influence over staff members’ activities. If not acknowledged and properly managed, conflicts of interest or undue influence can significantly detract from staff performance and undermine the […]

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