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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 suspicion of corruption, serious misconduct or maladministration in public administration to the Office for Public Integrity.

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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 which had never been published, exhibited or performed were protected indefinitely.

Now all literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works are protected under copyright for the life of the author plus 70 years or from when the work was first made public plus 70 years. For material produced by Commonwealth or State governments, a standard copyright protection exists from the date made plus 50 years. (more…)

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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, justice, democracy, prosperity and development. (more…)

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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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In the day to day pursuit of University objectives, there are some obligations that may be more difficult to recognise and will require additional vigilance before the right decision can be made. This is because the right decision requires due consideration of broader legal and ethical contexts and awareness of the various (maybe competing) interests […]

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Employers have many legal obligations associated with their workers such as Pay As You Go instalments, payroll tax, WorkCover and superannuation payments.  The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) imposes penalties for employers who engage workers as contractors when they are really functioning as employees.

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Good service is often summed up by the phrase “the customer is always right”. The idea being that if you look after your customer, they will look after you – or at least, not give you a bad review. The reality is that all consumers of goods and services have legal rights under Australian Consumer […]

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