The University of Adelaide operates within legal and statutory requirements.

Over 200 South Australian and Commonwealth Acts impact on our day to day activities. Some apply to everyone at the University while others may be relevant to specific areas only. Legal compliance management helps us keep up to date with our legal obligations so that we avoid financial penalties or fines, damage to organisational or individual reputation and criminal prosecution.

The Legal Compliance Framework was established to protect the reputation of the institution as a whole (see the Legal Compliance Policy). The Framework provides information and resources that support staff to understand, clarify and manage their obligations. The objective is to maintain a robust compliance culture.

We provide support, information and advice to all University staff about the application of legislation to their activities within the University.

The Legislation Directory contains links to all Acts relevant to the University. All personnel have an obligation to report any non-compliance.

Legal Compliance Handbook

Sandra Lilburn, Manager Compliance

"The University Compliance Centre helps the University stay informed and responsive to changing statutory requirements. Subscribe to the Legal and Risk Branch Notices for regular updates or consult our library of plain language legislation summaries."

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For more information

University Compliance Centre
08 8313 4539

For compliance education material see the Legal and Risk self service page.

For answers to common compliance queries see compliance FAQs.

Legal and Risk Notices - Legal Alerts



New Trusts Governance Framework

This year, the Trusts Governance Framework will be implemented across the University to improve accountability and compliance with the University’s statutory obligations and donor expectations, and to prioritise the use of trust funds for the highest strategic benefit.



Preying on our minds - how predatory publishers ambush scholarly effort

The adage “publish or perish” resonates throughout the academy. Scholars and universities both rely on publication statistics to measure achievements and quantify contributions to knowledge.



Waste not, want not – new measures to reduce harmful single-use plastics

The University makes every effort to identify and implement environmentally sustainable practices wherever possible.



The promise of education cannot be guaranteed

The University has a lot to offer students including access to the knowledge, skills and experience to build a future career. But great education services are no guarantee of future outcomes.



Simplified reporting obligations for public officers

The statutory responsibilities of the State’s key public integrity agencies – the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Office for Public Integrity (OPI) and Ombudsman SA – were recently changed by the South Australian Parliament.



Deeds: Who can sign them on behalf of the University?

Did you know that there are formal requirements for signing deeds? To streamline this process, the University has recently authorised specific officeholders to sign deeds under a Power of Attorney.



Modern slavery statements shine a light on a hidden global problem

In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was the first legal document to articulate fundamental human rights that must be protected.



What you should know when undertaking activities outside the University

In their personal capacity, University staff can be involved in a variety of activities outside of the University. Where those activities relate to an area of academic expertise or are connected to employment or status at the University, we all need to carefully draw a line between our personal interests and those of the University.



New laws address academic freedom and freedom of speech in higher education

Academic freedom and freedom of speech are a part of laws regulating the higher education sector and academic activities.



Freedom of Information: Public access to University records

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 (SA) (FOI Act) gives anyone a right to access documents held by public agencies such as universities.