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.
- Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (Cth) - Level 1The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (the ESOS Act) regulates the education and training services provided to overseas students by providing tuition and financial assurance, as well as a provider registration requirement. The Act provides for sanctions for non-compliance with the Act as well as breaches of the National Code of Practice and ESOS Regulations. Where the University seeks to recruit, enrol or teach overseas students, or to advertise their ability to do so, it must be registered on the "Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students" (CRICOS). Providers of education services to overseas students, and their agents must not promote a course to overseas students or intending overseas students unless the course and provider are approved by the relevant State or Territory and are registered on CRICOS. All written materials, including those in electronic form, must identify the registered provider and provider number. The Act prescribes the records that must be kept for each overseas student including full name; residential address; date of birth; nationality; course start and completion day; attendance; academic performance; Details of payments received; health cover information; english language proficiency; passport and visa numbers. The University as a registered provider must generate an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment for intending overseas students. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) uses this in assessing the student's application for a student visa. Education providers are required to report students failing to comply with the attendance or course progress of theirvisa to the department and must keep a record of the reason for any termination of studies where applicable. The provision to impose an Annual Registration Charge for CRICOS registration and the calculation method for the charge is prescribed in the Act.
- Electronic Transactions Act 1999 (Cth) - Level 4The Electronic Transactions Act 1999 ensures that a transaction under a Commonwealth law will not be invalid simply because it was conducted through electronic communication.
If a Commonwealth law requires a person to:
- give information in writing
- provide a handwritten signature
- produce a document in material form
- record or retain information
the Electronic Transactions Act means you can do these things electronically.
The Act applies to all laws of the Commonwealth unless they are specifically exempted by the Electronic Transactions Regulations 2000. If a law is exempt you may still have to use paper forms or retain paper-based information.
Most exemptions can be found in Schedule 1 of the Regulations.
Each Australian state and territory has its own Electronic Transactions Act, which generally mirrors the Commonwealth Electronic Transactions Act.
- Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) - Level 2The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) is the Australian Government's central piece of environmental legislation. The EPBC Act focuses on the Australian Government interests on the protection of matters of national environmental significance, with the state of NSW having responsibility for matters of state and local significance. The EPBC Act comes into play when a proposal has the potential to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance.
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) - Level 3An Act to institute a system of environmental planning and assessment for NSW. Prior to development taking place in NSW, a development application (DA) must be lodged with the relevant authority describing the intended work. The application is lodged with the relevant consent authority and then assessed against State, Regional and Local planning controls to ensure the work is environmentally sustainable. The level of assessment is determined by relevant planning legislation. Where a development application is issued to the University or parties contracted by the University, all conditions of the approved development application must be adhered to.
- Environmental Trust Act 1998 (NSW) - Level 4This Act makes provisions to conserve the State’s environmental heritage. It provides for the identification and registration of items of State heritage significance, provides for the interim protection of items of State heritage significance, constitutes the Heritage Council of New South Wales and confers on it functions relating to the State's heritage. It has relevance for the University as it is the custodian of heritage listed buildings, in addition to research artefacts.
- Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Act 1985 (NSW) - Level 3The EHC (Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Act 1985) allows the EPA (NSW Environment Protection Authority) to regulate chemicals or groups of chemicals of environmental concern. These requirements are set out in chemical conrtol orders (CCOs), and may require a licence or prohibit certain activities. The activities may include storing, transporting and treating chemicals and/or their wastes.
The University stores and uses chemicals in relation to teaching, horticulture, research, farming activities, research, and cleaning which may be subject to CCOs (in relation to the manner in which chemicals are stored, used and disposed).