Conduct and Public Interest Disclosures

We are committed to the values of honesty, fairness, trust accountability and respect. These values are enshrined in our Code of Conduct.

We endeavour to maintain a high level of public trust and confidence in the integrity and professionalism of all members of the University Community, including graduates, academics, professional staff, students and volunteers, and in relation to the teaching and learning, research and research training, community, business and service activities of the University.

We take conduct issues seriously. If you believe that a member of the University has treated you unfairly or in a disrespectful manner, please contact the Complaints Officer to notify us of your concern.


Reporting fraudulent or corrupt practice is also known as ‘whistle blowing’ or making a public interest disclosure (PID). UON does not tolerate corrupt conduct and takes any reports of such behaviour very seriously.

You are strongly encouraged to report these behaviours, and in accordance with the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994, UON has a policy and structures in place to protect and support whistle blowers to ensure you are not disadvantaged for raising your concern. To be afforded this protection, it’s important you report your concerns correctly.

Public interest disclosures include allegations of:

  • fraud
  • corrupt conduct
  • maladministration
  • serious and substantial waste of public money
  • other serious misconduct.

You can read more about how we prevent, report and investigate such allegations on the Fraud and Corruption page on our website.

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.