Managing the University’s compliance

Given the vast amount of legislation and regulation that applies to the University, we have taken a risk-based approach. Grouping the legislation into categories, we have established a schedule of reviews with key stakeholders. The aim is to identify the key controls and educational requirements to support our performance against obligations.

Macquarie Corporate

Macquarie Corporate includes the University and its controlled entities which are covered by legislation and regulations regarding the operations and governance.

Macquarie University Act

Macquarie University Act 1989 sets out the boundaries for the operation of the University and the delivery of services.

Privacy and personal information

The suite of Privacy Acts set out how the University collects and holds personal and medical information. For this reason, the University is not permitted to collect, disclose, store, transfer or dispose information without an individual’s consent.

Privacy relating to a Request for Information (RFI)

The University will only disclose personal or health information when it has obtained consent from the relevant individual.

To verify consent by an individual, the following proof is required:

  • a consent signed by the individual that authorises the University to disclose the requested information
  • two forms of photo identification (for example, a drivers license and passport)
  • Macquarie University student or staff identification number.

If you are unable to provide the documents outlined above, you are required to issue a subpoena to the University. See additional information.

PID – Public Interest Disclosure

Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 governs how wrongdoing is reported and handled at the University and to the Ombudsmen. There are three officers at the University who are here to help you:

  • Director of Human Resources
  • Chief Financial Officer – CFO
  • Chief Operating Officer – COO

Copyright Act 1968 1879 (NSW)

This act protects the use of materials and/or ideas of the creator/author and instructs how others are able to use this intellectual property.

Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998

The Act sets out the requirement for the care and protection of, and the provision of services to, children and young persons. A young person is a person between 16-18 years old.

Defamation Act 2005

The Defamation Act protects against purposely communicating false statements or information about another party with the view to cause negative outcomes.

Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988 (NSW)

The ICAC aims to protect the public interest, prevent breaches of public trust and guide the conduct of public officials. It deals with corrupt conduct involving or affecting most of the NSW public sector (including Higher Education section), including state government agencies, local government authorities, members of parliament and the judiciary.

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

Outlines the operational requirements for any charity or not-for-profit agencies. 

Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 (Cth)

This Act covers the administration and audit of public finances. It determines the form, content and timing of financial statements for the University.

Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth)

The Act governs the registration of higher education institutions in Australia.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI)

Is the industry standard for the protection of information gathered, used and stored when using payment (debit/credit) cards.

Detailed information on these Acts can be found Australasian Legal Information Institute.

For a more comprehensive list of the legislation or seek additional support or information contact:

Scholarship of Discovery, Teaching and Learning, Integration and Application

Legislation and regulations that relate to the delivery and support of academic programs:

  • Privacy Act
  • Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1198
  • Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002
  • Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (NSW)
  • Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998
  • Ombudsman Act 1976 (NSW)
  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • TESQA  – (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency)
  • ESOS - (Education Services for Overseas Students)
  • NHMRC- (National Health and Medical Research Council)
  • ARC grant schemes- (Australian Research Council)
  • Gene Technology Act 2000 and Biosecurity Act 2015
  • Animal Research Act 1985 (NSW)
  • Radiation Control Act 1990 (NSW)
  • Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Act 1985 (NSW)
  • Defence Trade Controls Act.

Specific industry legislation

There are specific legislation and regulations that the University needs to adhere to, including:

  • Health and Safety
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Corruption
  • Medical, Hospital and Public Health
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Retail and Asset management
  • Childcare
  • Accommodation and Hotel
  • Building and Asset.

Detailed information on these Acts can be found at the Australasian Legal Information Institute.

For a more comprehensive list of the legislation or to find additional support or  information, contact:

Detailed information on these Acts can be found at the Australasian Legal Information Institute.

Other situations

There are some situations that don’t quite fit into a piece of legislation – but you know or feel that something is not right. You can find guidance in the following ways: 

Need more information? 

For more information on our review process, contact:

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