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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:

  • Consultancy services agreement – short form [UPDATED] – for use when engaging a consultant to undertake straightforward and low-risk consultancy services for a fee of up to $30,000.
  • Confidentiality agreement – one-way or two-way [UPDATED] – for use when the University will be sharing confidential information with an external party before entering into a formal relationship, for example during preliminary discussions and negotiations or when developing a joint submission for a grant application.
  • Contract for the purchase of goods and related services [NEW] – for straightforward and low risk one-off purchases of physical goods with related services of up to $30,000.
  • Credit transfer agreement [NEW] – an agreement to facilitate opportunities for mobility of students between the University of Adelaide and a partner institution by granting credit in recognition of studies successfully completed at their home institution.
  • Student IP Deed Poll [NEW] – for use when engaging a student in a project which involves a third party funder or collaborator, or where the University needs to retain ownership of developed intellectual property.
  • Visitors agreement [NEW] – for use where an academic or student from another institution is visiting the University and may take part in activities with University staff, intellectual property or facilities.

Please refer to the accompanying individual Guidelines which have been prepared to assist you in using the templates.

If you have any feedback or suggestions about our website, please let us know at helpdesklegal@adelaide.edu.au.

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A suite of portfolio changes following the federal election has led to changes to the name and composition of the Department of Education (formerly the Department of Education and Training).

A number of ministries were moved out of the Education portfolio; with vocational education and training and apprenticeships relocated to the Employment Portfolio, and migrant adult education moved to the Home Affairs portfolio.

These changes are included in the Administrative Arrangement Order and updated Ministry List published last week.

Those Commonwealth Government Departments that have been renamed are listed below:

Department of Education Formerly Department of Education and Training
Department of Agriculture Formerly Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Services Australia Formerly Department of Human Services
Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Formerly Department of Jobs and Small Business
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Formerly Department of Regional Development, Infrastructure and Cities

 

Another noteworthy change was the establishment of the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA). This new executive agency will be attached to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet with a broad reference to lead and co-ordinate policy development and implementation as well as assess and monitor the delivery of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The NIAA will commence operation on 1 July 2019.

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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 year period.

The University’s obligations to ensure that all personnel (whether a paid employee, a contractor or a volunteer) have valid working with children checks will be much the same. However, the new law imposes significant fines if personnel are allowed to work with children without a valid clearance. (more…)

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The theme for privacy awareness week is “Don’t be in the dark on privacy”. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is actively encouraging people to know and exercise their right to privacy; to take care when they provide their personal information; and to ask questions about how organisations are looking after that information. We […]

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Planning to buy a product or service? In many cases, purchasing decisions will require consideration of a variety of different issues which may not be apparent at the outset. For example, if you are buying a product from overseas, there may be import duties, customs and quarantine rules, or the product may not meet Australian […]

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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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Shipping containers

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.

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Contractor agreement

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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