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Information: managing a most valuable asset

Universities have always been curators and custodians of knowledge and information. As institutions of learning we understand, perhaps better than any other organisation, the value of preserving this valuable asset for the benefit of future generations. Managing and recording information properly also allows us to leverage information for better decision-making, improved efficiency and accountability in […]

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Commencement of Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme

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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ICAC hones in on private email accounts – again

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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They can say that again! Social media, defamation and you.

We all know that we are responsible for what we say on social media and we should always think before we post. But did you know that you could also be responsible for the comments made about someone that other users subsequently publish in response to your post? The feedback you receive can sometimes go […]

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Want to work more efficiently? Record your “stuff” properly and regularly

We sometimes think of recordkeeping as an administrative task that is an addition to the core functions of our roles. You probably never think of it as a way to increase your efficiency…. A recent performance audit Report from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) suggests otherwise. A lax approach to filing and failure to […]

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For the record: How you say it is just as important

The tone of your communications is the tone of the record you are creating. We all know that record-keeping is an important and non-discretionary obligation. Proper recording of University activities is important because it promotes Understanding of decisions by showing what, when, how, who and why something was done, determined or implemented Transparency and rigour […]

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Social media – is your personal profile professional?

Unless you curate your profile carefully, your online presence may reflect on the institution you work for as well. Social media is a powerful tool that allows us to express our identity through what we “like” and the campaigns and issues we support. But being connected can blur a line between what’s personal and what’s […]

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Why the medium for your message always counts

We often work at a hectic pace. Mobile communications systems mean that we can transact business wherever we are. On average, we each send or receive 122 emails in a working day. In these circumstances there are lots of reasons why the medium for your communication should always be via University systems, and never via […]

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