Legal Compliance refers to behaving in accordance with legislation (i.e. State and Federal Acts), regulatory requirements and mandated codes. Every person who engages in University activities is impacted by legal compliance requirements and over 200 State and Federal Acts apply to the University.
Some laws are familiar and widely known, such as the Fair Work Act or the Equal Opportunity Act. Other laws are equally important but less well known and understood, like the Whistleblower Protection Act. Some laws are relevant to the whole University, such as the Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare Act or Copyright Act. Other laws are relevant only to a particular local area, such as the Mental Health Act or Animal Welfare Act.
If the University overlooks its legal obligations, the consequences could range from monetary penalties and fines, to reputational damage and criminal prosecution, or loss of statutory licences critical to its core functions.
One of the key targets of the University during the 2009-2012 period, is to improve University-wide compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
What we do
The Compliance team offers the following services, information and advice:
- Management of the Legal Compliance Rollout
- Assistance and support with compliance matters
- Compliance resources, tools and learning-aids
- Legal Compliance Policy and Procedural Advice
- RMSS (Legal Compliance) System Administration and Support
- Education and training on legal compliance issues