External grievance procedures
While we encourage you to try to resolve your issues with us directly, you can refer your complaint to an external agency at any time. The following agencies may be able to help you with some guidance and support.
New South Wales Ombudsman
You can make a complaint about administrative actions and decisions of the University to the New South Wales Ombudsman. If you have not followed the University's internal grievance procedures, the Ombudsman may ask you to do so before accepting the complaint.
Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)
You can make a complaint about suspected corrupt conduct to the ICAC, which aims to protect the public interest, prevent breaches of public trust and guide the conduct of public officials.
Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
You can make a complaint to the AHRC about suspected discrimination or breaches of human rights under federal laws.
Fair Work Ombudsman
You can make a complaint to the Fair Work Ombudsman who investigates complaints or suspected contraventions of workplace laws, awards and agreements.
The Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW
You can make a complaint to the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW which deals with complaints of discrimination.
NSW Civil and Adminstrative Tribunal (NCAT)
You can make a complaint to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal which investigates some complaints in relation to professional misconduct and commercial disputes.
Information and Privacy Commission (IPC)
You can make a complaint to the Information Privacy Commission which can review a decision by the University in relation to access to information.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.