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Simplified reporting obligations for public officers

The statutory responsibilities of the State’s key public integrity agencies – the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Office for Public Integrity (OPI) and Ombudsman SA – were recently changed by the South Australian Parliament. Simultaneously, the way reports of corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration are dealt with and the reporting obligations that […]

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New laws address academic freedom and freedom of speech in higher education

Academic freedom and freedom of speech are a part of laws regulating the higher education sector and academic activities. In March 2021, the Australian Parliament amended the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth) (the HESA) to specify that one of the specific purposes of the higher education sector is “the promotion and protection of freedom […]

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Beating the cheating services – new law to help preserve academic integrity in Higher Ed

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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2019: a new year for copyright protection

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 […]

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Solving the legal compliance puzzle – we can help

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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Students have a lot to learn, but they are always right under Australian Consumer Law

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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See a drone in your future? Future-proofing University RPAS operations

Futurists like to predict the many and varied uses of drones: drone taxis, first responder drones and drones that deliver are just a few anticipated applications. Drones, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), provide an agile and relatively cheap way to get clever technology into the air and to where we need it quickly. For […]

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The 2017 Higher Ed Budget: what you need to know

The Australian Government has announced a number of reforms to the higher education sector which will impact both universities and students. Amendments to the Higher Education Support Act, introduced to Parliament on 11 May 2017, aim to deliver value for money for taxpayers by increasing transparency, sustainability and support for students.

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