Risk assessments for teaching and research

To keep you, your students and anyone involved in your research and teaching safe, you need to complete a risk assessment before starting any new activity.

You will need to assess the risks by completing the general risk assessment process and completing the Safety Review Form (PDF, 2MB).

NOTE: The form functions best using Adobe Acrobat from the Creative Cloud which you can download from http://www.adobe.com/downloads/ Sign into the download by using your University numberplate xxx123@newcastle.edu.au.

Please ensure you do not have another version of Adobe installed.

For research and teaching that involves high risk international travel* please also complete the International Travel Safety Risk Assessment and Approval Form (DOC, 75KB). For further information, please see the international travel and activity frequently asked questions (PDF, 446KB).

*High risk international travel is outlined in KRA 2.5 Travelling on University Business (PDF, 338KB).

Safety approvals

Once your forms have been submitted, the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Team will arrange for them to be reviewed by the relevant committee or subject matter expert in order to seek approval for the project or activity to proceed.

The information is reviewed and assessed, which might involve discussions with the responsible academic or an inspection of the workplace. Where the risks are determined to be well controlled, safety approval is granted and you are notified that you can proceed.


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.