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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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Change is hard – update on mandatory screening

The timing of changes to the Working with Children Screening process have not been announced. Until then, we are in a holding pattern and no change to current procedure is needed.

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Keen to be screened in 2017

New legislation passed in November 2016 will set a new standard for working with children. During 2017, areas engaged in activities that involve children should anticipate possible delays in the screening process and be ready to review procedures. Reducing risks to children A new assessment process being implemented by the South Australian Government is intended […]

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

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 personnel have obligations to maintain files under the State […]

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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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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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Game of Drones

The “Game of Drones” has well and truly begun and Universities are at the centre of the action in exploring possible uses in education, research and other activities. Drones are becoming more commonplace, but before you play this game you must know the rules and ensure that any operations comply with the legislation. A drone is also known as […]

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‘Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!’ – the Law on incentive prize draws

Are you looking to entice more people to participate in your survey, research study, event or new initiative by offering them a chance to win a prize? If the prize will be drawn randomly (rather than being awarded on skill or merit), this will constitute a lottery and will be subject to legal requirements. “A […]

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