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The Freedom of Information Act 1991 (SA) (FOI Act) gives anyone a right to access documents held by public agencies such as universities.

The object of the FOI Act is to promote openness and public accountability. In this spirit, all documents within the scope of an FOI request must be made available to the person requesting, unless a valid exemption applies.

Anything you write in the course of your work is a University record which is potentially subject to FOI – whether formal or informal and regardless of the platform you are using to communicate. Keep in mind that your communication may be viewed by others and that your level of professionalism reflects on both you and the University. For some tips on keeping communications professional, read this previous blog article For the record: How you say it is just as important.

Under limited circumstances, the FOI Act provides for genuinely sensitive and confidential information in contracts to be exempted from disclosure. A briefing note is available to assist staff to ensure that, where appropriate, confidential information in contracts is recognised and managed in a manner which accords with the FOI Act and the University’s policies.

For more about Freedom of Information and how it is managed at the University, visit the University’s Freedom of Information website.

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When we think of data breaches, we usually think of delinquent hackers exploiting technical or human flaws in IT systems to hunt down the personal information of others. But in many cases the risk that private information will fall into the hands of the wrong person is much closer to home – and more everyday […]

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Are you aware of a notifiable event which has occurred in your area, but you haven’t got around to reporting it? The opportunity still exists to provide your notifiable event report to the Legal & Risk Branch – but it needs to be done before Monday 14 December 2020. A notifiable event may be a […]

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Adaptable technologies have given us the flexibility to easily move between working on campus and working from home. This pattern is likely to be the new model of work into the future. To maintain workflows while working remotely, the University provides secure access to online systems and work tools. Self-help guides can assist us to […]

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Academic integrity is a core part of university life and reflects fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. All members of the university community must uphold these values in teaching, learning and research. This includes refraining from using academic cheating services which have the effect of undermining honesty and fairness in academic outcomes. […]

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If you are reading this, you probably have an obligation under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 to report certain types of activities or conduct to the Office for Public Integrity. This is because the University is a Public Authority and that means anyone that contributes to its operations is a Public Officer*.

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Corporate credit cards are a convenient and efficient way for University personnel to manage work‑related expenses, including for travel, entertainment or those other small value purchases that are needed to get the job done. An efficient process intended for essential purchases While it’s an easy and operationally effective way to manage business expenses, it’s not […]

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During recent months, usual work patterns have been disrupted as we’ve adapted our work habits and come to terms with the reality of social distancing. It has also been a period when significant changes have been made to the way the University delivers its teaching and research output. In finding ways to stay apart while […]

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