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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  • National Environment Protection Council (New South Wales) Act 1995 (NSW) - Level 3The object of this Act is to ensure that, by means of the establishment and operation of the National Environment Protection Council:

    (a) people enjoy the benefit of equivalent protection from air, water or soil pollution and from noise, wherever they live in Australia, and
    (b) decisions of the business community are not distorted, and markets are not fragmented, by variations between participating jurisdictions in relation to the adoption or implementation of major environment protection measures.
  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (Cth) - Level 3The object of this Act is to introduce a single national reporting framework for the reporting and dissemination of information related to greenhouse gas emissions, greenhouse gas projects, energy consumption and energy production of corporations to:
    - inform government policy formulation and the Australian public; and
    - meet Australia’s international reporting obligations; and
    - assist Commonwealth, State and Territory government programs and activities; and
    - avoid the duplication of similar reporting requirements in the States and Territories.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 (Cth) - Level 3An Act to establish an National Health and Medical Research Council, and for related purposes.

    A prerequisite for receipt of National Health and Medical Research Council funding is compliance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) (National Statement (2007). The National Statement (2007) consists of a series of Guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. It is intended for use by:
    - any researcher conducting research with human participants;
    - any member of an ethical review body reviewing that research;
    - those involved in research governance; and
    - potential research participants.
    The National Statement is developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia.
  • National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW) - Level 2The Act is a broad piece of legislation that covers a number of different areas including reserving lands, managing certain reserved lands, the protection of Aboriginal objects and places, the protection of fauna and the protection of native vegetation.

    Reserved land types include:
    * National parks
    * Historic sites
    * State conservation areas
    * Regional parks
    * Karst conservation areas
    * Nature reserves;
    * Aboriginal areas
    Each of the different types of reserved land must be governed according to a set of management principles in the Act. The Chief Executive of the OEH (Office of Environment & Heritage) has responsibility for the care, control and management of all national parks and historic sites, unless there is a board of management for the park or site. The Chief Executive of the OEH is responsible for ensuring that all reserved lands under the Chief Executive’s care, control and management are covered by a Plan of Management as soon as practicable following reservation.

    The Act makes special provision relating to the reservation, lease and management of Aboriginal lands and lands subject to native title claims.

    This Act is relevant to the University as the Newholme Field Laboratory surrounds the majority of the Duval Nature Reserve which has a plan of management. A plan of management is a legal document that outlines how a reserve will be managed in the years ahead.
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) - Level 2Native title is the recognition in Australian law, under common law and the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), of Indigenous Australians' rights and interests in land and waters according to their own traditional laws and customs. Unlike freehold titles or leases, native title is not a grant or a right that is created by governments. Native title may be recognised in places where Indigenous people continue to follow their traditional laws and customs and have maintained a link with their traditional country.
  • Native Vegetation Act 2003 (NSW) - Level 3This Act regulates the clearing of native vegetation on all land in NSW, except for excluded land listed in Schedule 1 of the Act. The Act outlines what landowners can and cannot do in clearing native vegetation. The Act has relevance for the University as a landowner.
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987 (Cth) - Level 3This Act gives effect to Australia's obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and other agreements, and establishes a system of control over nuclear material and associated items (associated material, associated equipment and associated technology). The system of control includes establishing requirements for permits for possession and transport of nuclear material and assiciated items, and the independent regulator - ASNO (Australian Safeguards and Non-proliferation Office).