Did you know that there are formal requirements for signing deeds? To streamline this process, the University has recently authorised specific officeholders to sign deeds under a Power of Attorney. What is a deed? A deed is a special type of legal document under which a party makes a binding promise to do something. Unlike […]
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 […]
The Foreign Arrangements Scheme commenced on Tuesday 10 March 2021. The scheme introduces a formal notification requirement that applies to foreign arrangements entered into by all Australian state and territory entities, including public universities. The Scheme is established by the Commonwealth legislation Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Act 2020 (the Act). Under the […]
A lot has changed in just a few weeks as COVID-19 has spread globally. Those responsible for managing contracts in these changing circumstances may feel uncertain about what this means for arrangements they are currently committed to, or considering entering into. There is potential that circumstances may arise due to COVID-19 which impact the ability […]
Getting help on university legal, risk, compliance and insurance issues has never been easier! We have been working hard to give you access to the resources you need, when you need them on the Legal and Risk Self Service Portal.
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 […]
Are you contracting for services? Some myths and regulatory truths about your contractor’s entitlements.
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).
In most cases, contracts end naturally when the agreed obligations have been performed or the contract reaches its expiry date. Before you part ways with the other party, make sure you’ve tied up any loose ends – it could save you a lot of time and trouble in the long run!
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.
The appropriate person to authorise a contract or agreement on behalf of the University can vary depending on the contract’s nature and value. It might be the head of your academic or administrative unit, or someone in a more senior position, specialist area or specific role – but they need to have a delegation.