The University of Newcastle, Australia

New Political Donations Policy

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Make sure you're familiar with UON's position on political donations.

New Political Donations Policy

We recognise the importance of maintaining integrity and public confidence in the UON as a publicly funded institution, particularly in regards to our relationships with government. We are also committed to the principle of academic freedom, including free and open discussion of political ideas and opinions.

A new Political Donations Policy has been developed that sets out UON’s position on political donations balanced with our contribution to public policy debate, freedom of inquiry and the right to participate as individuals in political processes.

To ensure we maintain a position of impartiality with respect to party politics, UON does not endorse any political party or candidate at any level of government. The University’s policy is not to make political donations using University resources.

However, UON does contribute to public policy debate on issues that affect us and the broader higher education sector. UON respects the right of individuals and the new Policy does not restrict employees, students or members of the University Council from having political views or associations (including membership of political parties, attendance at political events, or making political donations) in a personal capacity on their own time.

If you are participating in political activities (including making political donations), you should do so in such a manner that makes it clear that you aren’t representing UON, and you must not use University resources to engage in these activities.

What you need to do

Please make sure you have read, understood and comply with the new Political Donations Policy.


You can direct any questions to Kim Davis, Acting University Secretary and Director Council Services and Chancellery.


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