A-Z Register

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.

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  • Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - Level 1The Fair Work Act and Fair Work Regulations is the main legislation that governs the employee/employer relationship in Australia. It provides a safety net of minimum entitlements, enables flexible working arrangements and fairness at work, and prevents discrimination against employees.

    The independent government organisations:
    - the Fair Work Ombudsman, and
    - the Fair Work Commission
    regulate Australia's workplace relations system but have different roles. Part of the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman is to ensure compliance with Australian workplace laws (the Fair Work Act, related legislation, awards and registered agreements); the Fair Work Commission is the independent national workplace relations tribunal, responsible for maintaining a safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions.
  • Food Act 2003 (NSW) - Level 3Food hygiene acts, legislations, regulations and enforcement are the responsibility of the health authorities in each state and territory. In NSW the Food Act 2003 is the overriding legislation which covers food for human consumption and the general requirements which will ensure food sold to the public will be safe and suitable to eat in NSW. The objective of this Act is to: ensure food for sale is both safe and suitable for human consumption; prevent misleading conduct in connection with the sale of food; and provide for the application of the Food Standards Code in NSW. The Food Regulation, made under the Act, contains requirements of the Food Standards Code (Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSANZ)). It provides more detail than the Food Act itself and gives detailed guidance to food service operators. It also sets minimum food safety requirements for food industry sectors which have been identified as higher risk and details food authority licence requirements, notification procedures and auditing procedures.

    Other laws which relate to food and promotion and packaging are enforced by other agencies and include:
    1. Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cwlth) - enforced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
    2. Trade Measurement Act 1989 (NSW) - enforced by the NSW Fair Trading
    3. Fair Trading Act 1987 (NSW) - enforced by the NSW Fair Trading
  • Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018 (Cth) - Level 2The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme aims to provide the public and government decision-makers with visibility of the nature, level and extent of foreign influence on Australia's government and political process. The scheme introduces registration obligations for persons and entities who have arrangements with, and undertake certain activities on behalf of, foreign principals. Whether a person or entity is required to register will depend on who the foreign principal is, the nature of the activities undertaken, the purpose for which the activities are undertaken, and in some cases, whether the person has held a senior public position in Australia.

    Under the scheme, people or entities that undertake certain activities on behalf of a foreign principal for the purpose of political or governmental influence are required to register unless an exemption applies.

    A foreign principal includes: a foreign government; a foreign political organisation; a foreign government related entity and a foreign government related individual.
    Categories of registrable activities include: parliamentary lobbying on behalf of a foreign government; parliamentary lobbying on behalf of other kinds of foreign principals for the purpose of political or governmental influence; •general political lobbying for the purpose of political or governmental influence; communications activities for the purpose of political or government influence; disbursement activities for the purpose of political or governmental influence; activities undertaken by former Cabinet ministers on behalf of a foreign principal
    •activities undertaken by recent designated position holders in the 15 year period immediately following their public role where those activities draw on the knowledge, skills or experience gained in their previous role.

    UNE may have an obligation to report in the event that it is involved in or aware of a registrable activity.
    The scheme also:
    •allows for the Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department to issue a transparency notice if the Secretary is satisfied that a person is a foreign government related entity, or a foreign government related individual, and
    •establishes criminal offences ranging from failing to comply with obligations under the scheme, through to failing to register in circumstances where a person is required to do so.