FAQs

FAQs

  • What is the legal status of Macquarie University?
    • Macquarie University is a public university and a statutory corporation incorporated under the Macquarie University Act (NSW) 1989.  The governing body of Macquarie University is the University Council.
  • I wish to obtain information from the University or I have a request under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2019.  Who should I contact?
  • I wish to engage a contractor to provide services to the University (or to purchase goods).  Are there standard documents I should use?
    • Refer to the University’s ProcureRight framework. There are standard agreements and templates available through our website.
  • Can I refer work to external legal advisers?
    • No.  There are some exceptions which are set out in the Delegations Register. Contact OGC if required.
  • What does ‘legal professional privilege’ mean?  
    • Legal professional privilege protects communications between lawyers and their clients from disclosure to others and ensures that these communications are confidential.  There are conditions on this.  Communications between OGC and its internal clients are generally protected by legal processional privilege.  Legal professional privilege may be lost if proper care is not taken of OGC advice. 

      Refer to the University’s Legal Professional Privilege Guideline.
  • I have received a request from the police for personal information relating to a staff member or student.  What should I do?
    • Please contact OGC as soon as possible.
  • Where can I obtain a copy of a contract the University entered into previously?
    • The University’s document repository is held by Archives and Records Management (ARMS).  You can contact ARMS staff by email at ask.memory@mq.edu.au.
  • I am using a standard University template and I am not making any changes to it other than inserting blanks where required.  Do I send it to OGC for signing?
    • No, when using a University standard template and making no changes, OGC does not need to review or sign it.  The document may be signed by the person with delegated authority in your office or faculty (refer to the Delegations of Authority).
  • Can I make changes on a standard University template?
    • No.  Refer the change to OGC before making any alterations.
  • I am a student / staff member seeking personal advice.  Where can I go for legal help?
    • LawAccess NSW is a free government telephone service that provides legal information, referrals and in some cases, advice for people who have a legal problem in NSW.  LawAccess can be contacted by telephone on 1300 888 529.

      The Law Society of NSW maintains an online directory of NSW practitioners which can be accessed at https://www.lawsociety.com.au/for-the-public/find-a-lawyer

      Community Legal Centres (NSW) are independent non-government organisations that provide free legal services to people and communities at times when that help is needed most.  To locate the nearest Community Legal Centre, please visit https://www.clcnsw.org.au/find-legal-help.
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