Corporate Governance

The University operates in a complex compliance environment with obligations under State and Federal Legislation, codes and University Rules, Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.

The University strives for compliance with all of its obligations. Assurance Services provides staff with information about the key legislation that impacts the University and to ensure that the University policies and procedures support compliance with key legislative obligations.

All professional and academic staff of the University and conjoint staff have a role in continuing compliance by:

  • being aware of legislative obligations and University Rules, Policies Procedures and Guidelines that affect their role; and
  • reporting a breach or a potential breach of legislation, University Rules, Policies Procedures or Guidelines.

Reporting a breach of an obligation in legislation, a University Rule, Policy Procedure or Guideline allows the University to take corrective action before a breach becomes more serious;

  • enables the University to take action to minimise the risk of a similar breach occurring in the future;
  • ensures the University complies with legal obligations to report a breach to an external agency;
  • ensures the University keeps a centralised record in Assurance Services of breaches and actions taken to rectify and manage breaches;
  • helps the University to manage and resolve any similar breaches that may occur in the future; and
  • helps the University to mitigate any penalty for a breach as it can demonstrate a genuine effort to rectify the breach in a timely manner.

Find out how to report a breach here.

Legislation and compliance

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.