National Security Compliance

The University of Newcastle is committed to ensuring it complies with the legislation related to national security, foreign influence and foreign interference.

This webpage provides information and resources on the legal responsibilities with regards to foreign interference – there are both individual responsibilities and organisational responsibilities that need to be met.

University Foreign Interference Taskforce Guidelines

  • Security must safeguard academic freedom, values and research collaboration;
  • Research, collaboration and education activities mindful of the national interest;
  • Security is a collective responsibility with individual accountability;
  • Security should be proportionate to organisational risk; and
  • The safety of our university community is paramount.

The Guidelines to counter foreign interference in the Australian university sector were developed by the University Foreign Interference Taskforce. The guidelines are intended to protect the university sector against foreign interference, through supporting an environment of trust and guiding decision making, based on potential risks, so Australian universities can continue to produce world-class research.

Learn more View a full copy of the guidelines

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