UNE Compliance Register
This Register lists the compliance drivers (Commonwealth, NSW and international laws and other statutory instruments, and industry, community and ethical standards and codes) that impact on University activities and operations, to the extent that the University has some obligation of compliance or accountability.
The currently documented drivers are listed below in alpha-order by title. Click on the title to access a detailed overview. You can also search the register to find all of the compliance drivers and obligations relevant to your activities and the people who can help with your compliance responsibilities.
Note: the Register is being continually enhanced, with drivers and obligations added and amended as required.
*the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975 establishes and defines the functions the functions of the ABS, establishes the office of Australian Statistician and describes the terms under which the Australian Statistician can be appointed to, and removed from, office.
- to promote proper and efficient management and administration of fundraising appeals for charitable purposes;
- to ensure proper keeping and auditing of accounts in connection with such appeals; and
- to prevent deception of members of the public who desire to support worthy causes.
Under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 a person or organisation wishing to raise money for charitable purposes â€" a fundraising appeal â€" must hold an authority to fundraise.
As an employer engaged in child-related work, and as a higher education provider involved in student education, welfare and workplace placements, the University is subject to child protection legislation. The object of the legislation is to protect children:
(a) by not permitting certain persons to engage in child-related work, and
(b) by requiring persons engaged in child-related work to have working with children check clearances.
The purpose of the national education and care services quality framework is to:
(a) ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of children attending education and care services;
(b) improve the educational and developmental outcomes for children attending education and care services;
(c) promote continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care services;
(d) establish a system of national integration and shared responsibility between participating jurisdictions and the Commonwealth in the administration of the national education and care services quality framework;
(e) improve public knowledge, and access to information, about the quality of education and care services;
(f) reduce the regulatory and administrative burden for education and care services by enabling information to be shared between participating jurisdictions and the Commonwealth.
When the head of a 'relevant entity' becomes aware of a reportable allegation or a reportable conviction, the head of that entity must notify the Office of the Children's Guardian within seven business days and conduct an investigation into the allegations. If the final entity report is not ready to submit within 30 calendar days, the head must provide an interim report with information about the progress of the investigation and an expected timeframe for completion.
The main object of this Act is to protect children by providing for the role and functions of the Office of the Children's Guardian, including -
(a) promoting the quality of organisations and persons providing services to children; and
(b) regulating those organisations and persons in providing those services.
The safety, welfare and wellbeing of children, including protecting children from child abuse, is the paramount consideration in decision-making under this Act and the regulations and in the operation of this Act and the regulations generally.
UNE is a 'relevant entity' and should have procedures relating to child protection, should ensure processes for reporting incidents are well known, must respond to any incidents or allegations via notice to the Children's Guardian and then an interim or full report within relevant timeframes, and must cooperate with requests or recommendations from the Children's Guardian.
Local councils deal with contamination that does not pose an unacceptable risk under the current or approved use of the land, through their planning and development framework.
Under the Free Trade Agreement with the United States, Australia agreed to extend the duration of copyright. As a result, the rules now are that copyright generally lasts for the life of the creator plus 70 years, and where duration depends on the year of publication, it lasts 70 years after it is first published.
As the Commonwealth has insufficient power (under Section 51(xx) of the Australian Constitution) to legislate in relation to the formation of companies, a co-operative scheme involving a referral of power from the Australian States was created and adopted by all States (for NSW refer to the Corporations (New South Wales) Act 1990 (NSW)). Under the Corporations Agreement between the States and the Commonwealth, all changes to the Act must be referred to the Ministerial Council for Corporations (MINCO) for approval.
The Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) amendments to whistle-blower provisions commenced on 1 July 2019. These provisions expand the protections available to whistle-blowers and the liabilities of board members and senior managers of corporations, including the penalties for breaches. The provisions apply to a regulated entity, which includes corporations to which the Commonwealth constitution applies.
This legislation is relevant for the controlled entities of the University.