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Get your records straight! Record keeping strategies for the New Year

Editorial note: This article was updated in November 2021 Are you compliant with the State Records Act? The start of a new academic year is a good time to review your records management. This might include putting aside a regular time to manage your files, or clarify what documents or correspondence you need to file. All University […]

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Flexible Funding – support for Indigenous student success

Recent amendments to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 will support the new Indigenous Student Success Program commencing 1 January 2017. The Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Act 2016 (Cth) was proclaimed in late November 2016 and establishes a new framework for the administration and funding of support programs for Indigenous students. Guidelines […]

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Fair-go contracts for small business

Under Australian Consumer Law, small businesses can now challenge unfair terms in standard form contracts. These new legal protections – which previously applied only to consumer contracts – came into effect on 12 November 2016. If any term in a standard form contract (defined below) is found to be “unfair”, that term would be rendered […]

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Gift or Gaffe? – the dilemma of students bearing gifts

‘Tis the season for giving and it’s not uncommon for students to offer their lecturers a gift as a token of their appreciation. But there is a difference between a token and a “gift of influence” which could be intended or perceived as a bribe. Students offering gifts or incentives (financial & otherwise) to staff in […]

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Be social media aware – take care with what you share!

Social media provides an excellent public forum for individuals and organisations to connect and share information. However, make sure you take care with what you share… It is important to remember that whatever you post on social media may be subject to public scrutiny regardless of your security settings. Posts, tweets, images or blogs can […]

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Stick to Fair Procedure!

We make decisions every day. Often these decisions will have an impact on someone else. Sometimes those decisions will change the opportunities and choices of others. In these situations it is essential that the decision-making procedure is ‘fair and proper’. Procedural Fairness is a concept most commonly used to describe a set of guiding principles […]

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Keep Calm and Comply! – How you support our legal compliance culture

Editorial note: This article was updated in November 2021 The University operates within legal and statutory requirements. Maintaining Legal Compliance is everyone’s responsibility. But don’t be alarmed, the Legal Compliance Framework assists all personnel to identify compliance issues, understand how the law applies and sort out any problems that may arise. Local Area Heads are […]

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Make no drones about it – you need to run it by URAF

Drone laws have recently been simplified but the rules governing University operations remain the same. On 29 September 2016, amendments to the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Part 101) came into effect. The purpose of the change is to simplify the regulation without increasing the risk to public safety posed by the uncontrolled use of […]

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Hit by the Omnibus – Higher Ed budget cuts through Parliament

The Budget Savings (Omnibus) Act 2016 was assented to on 16 September 2016 and has made a number of amendments to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA). The Act contains provisions that will affect future funding for the Higher Education sector and tertiary student HELP repayments. From 1 January 2018, the indexation method used to calculate annual increases […]

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Text and email like it will be read in court someday

Mobile technology means we have the freedom to text and email anyone, anytime, anywhere – it helps us get the job done, it helps us stay connected… it may also help a court or tribunal decide on the outcome of a dispute. In November of last year, the South Australian Evidence Act 1929 was updated […]

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