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The federal government has a comprehensive policy framework for education and research that provides the context for our core education and research activities. We also engage with the NSW government across a wide range of issues, as well as with local governments in the communities we serve.
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We regularly provide input to government and parliamentary policy processes that affect the University’s operations. Our submissions for the last 5 years are made publicly available here in the interests of transparency.
Consultation on the Terms of Reference of the Australian Universities Accord – 19 December 2022
On 24 November 2022, the Australian Government - through the Department of Education - opened consultations on the Australian Universities Accord Terms of Reference by inviting interested stakeholders and organisations to make an initial submission outlining their priorities for the Accord in the context of the Terms of Reference.
The University made a detailed submission, providing feedback to the Accord Panel on the priority issues it should be considering during 2023, under each of the seven ‘Focus Areas’ set out in the Accord’s terms of reference.
At this early stage in the consultations, we see the priority issues as follows:
NSW public procurement and modern slavery – 16 December 2022
In September 2022, the NSW Anti-slavery Commissioner released a discussion paper on NSW public procurement and modern slavery and invited responses from interested stakeholders to help develop a clear, shared framework for driving up the effectiveness of modern slavery due diligence in NSW public procurement.
The University made a detailed submission, drawing on insights from our firsthand experience as a reporting entity under the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 and through consultation with a number of academic colleagues. Our submission was supportive of the Commissioner’s proposed approach, while recommending that the NSW Government play a leading role by modelling best practice approaches through its public procurement, and the Commissioner drives good practice standards through the development of a guidance and information portal for use by both procurers and suppliers.
Review of Australian Research Council Act 2001 – 14 December 2022
On 30 August 2022, the Minister for Education announced an independent review into the Australian Research Council Act 2001 (ARC Review). On 9 November 2022, the ARC Review Panel released a consultation paper and invited public submissions.
The University made a detailed submission; providing comprehensive responses to the consultation questions set out in the paper’s nine areas of focus (Scope and purpose of the ARC; Governance and management; Academic expertise and peer review; Grant approval; National Interest Test; Administrative burden; Process improvements; ERA and EI; Evaluation capability).
Australian Government’s new international development policy – 30 November 2022
In October 2022, the Australian Government - through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - announced a call for submissions to inform the new policy that will set the long-term direction for Australia’s international development engagement. DFAT also released the terms of reference, which provided details on the scope, process and timeline for the development of the new policy.
The University made a detailed submission, drawing on insights from staff who are already involved in projects that contribute to Australia’s overall development presence in the Indo-Pacific. We also provided responses to five of the seven key questions contained in the terms of reference.
Review of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act 2018 – 21 November 2022
On 22 August 2022, the Australian Government - through the Attorney-General’s Department - released for public consultation an issues paper on the effectiveness of the first three years of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth). The issues paper is part of the statutory review of the Act, which is due to be completed by 31 March 2023.
The University made a detailed submission, drawing on insights from our firsthand experience as a reporting entity under the Act and through consultation with a number of academic colleagues. Our submission recommended measures to strengthen the Act to better enable reporting entities to carry out effective human rights due diligence and keep pace with the rapidly-evolving regulatory landscape in Australia and abroad. We also highlighted that the Act - in its current form - is not fit-for-purpose for non-corporate organisations such as universities, and called for the development of evidence-based, sector-specific guidance, through meaningful engagement with the higher education sector and academic experts on modern slavery risks.
National Quantum Strategy: proposed framework – 4 November 2022
On 5 October, the Australian Government - through the Department of Industry, Science and Resources - released a consultation paper on a proposed framework for the Government’s National Quantum Strategy.
The University made a brief submission - in addition to reiterating the key recommendations the Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA) made in its response to the Government’s Issues Paper earlier in 2022, we also offered feedback in three key areas (quantum commercialisation ecosystem; quantum research infrastructure; quantum talent) to complement and reinforce the priorities SQA are emphasising in the finalisation of the Government’s strategy.
Transparency of higher education admissions information – 1 November 2022
On 28 September, the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) released a discussion paper for public consultation on extending sector-agreed admissions information sets to improve the transparency of admissions information for prospective international and postgraduate applicants. HESP is the expert statutory advisory body established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act), with responsibility related to the standards for delivery of higher education in Australia.
The University made a detailed submission; supportive of HESP’s plan to improve the consistency and comparability of information on admission requirements for prospective higher education students, particularly for postgraduate courses and international applicants.
List of critical technologies in the national interest: 2022 update – 30 September 2022
On 22 August, the Australian Government - through the Department of Industry, Science and Resources - released a consultation paper on the 2022 list of critical technologies. The Department is seeking comments from all interested stakeholders, including government, jurisdictional and international partners, industry, and academia.
The University made a brief submission based on responding to the Department’s five questions for stakeholders - including noting the omission of technologies critical to ongoing Environmental Adaptation; recommending the inclusion of technologies related to disaster response and resilience, negative emissions, infrastructure adaptation, ecological forecasting and ecological engineering, and maintaining and boosting agriculture.
Data Availability and Transparency Code 2022 Exposure Draft – 19 September 2022
On 17 August, the Australian Government - through the Office of the National Data Commissioner - released the exposure draft of the Data Availability and Transparency Code 2022, accompanied by a consultation paper.
The University made a comprehensive submission, providing extensive feedback to the 22 questions contained in the consultation paper; in the form of articulating issues of concern and making recommendations. Our key concern is that the Code, as currently drafted, is unlikely to serve the legislation's key objective, which is to establish a framework that substantially improves the sharing of data held by Commonwealth agencies in the public interest, including for research and development purposes. We also reiterated our commitment to working with the Commission to ensure the Scheme’s effective design, implementation and ongoing operation.
NSW Government’s Redfern North Eveleigh rezoning proposal – 25 August 2022
On 26 July 2022, the NSW Government - through Transport for NSW - released for public consultation, a rezoning proposal for the Paint Shop sub-precinct in Redfern North Eveleigh.
The University made a submission, requesting that the consultation period on the proposal be extended to allow for engagement with the Tech Central Alliance. We are concerned that the rezoning proposal does not recognise the potential of the Redfern North Eveleigh precinct in supporting the innovation outputs of Tech Central. Both the University and Alliance submissions request that this is addressed as a priority.
NSW Annual Reporting Reform 2022 – 15 July 2022
Following internal consultation, the University made a comprehensive submission - supporting the direction of these proposed reforms, while raising significant concerns around implementation timelines and the practicalities of making the transition to the new framework as smooth as possible.
Australian Data Strategy – 30 June 2022
The Australian Government - through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - has released a discussion paper on an inaugural national data strategy as part of their vision for Australia’s development over the coming decade.
The University made a submission, including noting that from a research perspective, improved data accessibility would enable collaborative research across state and national jurisdictions and promote national and international research and industry partnerships.
NSW Industry Policy Green Paper consultations – 24 June 2022
On 16 May, the NSW Government - through the Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade - released Investment NSW’s Green Paper, Securing Future Innovation and Global Competitiveness in NSW, and requested public submissions to help shape industry policy to strengthen the state’s economic performance over the next decade.
Following internal consultation, the University made a comprehensive submission; welcoming the Green Paper’s recognition of the importance of R&D, education and skills development to NSW’s future, and specifically, the identification of international education as an established sector of strength and potential for continuing competitive advantage. In addition to addressing the broad spectrum of questions raised in the Green Paper, we also nominated three extra and interlinked transformational forces that we expect will shape the NSW higher education sector’s transition challenges and opportunities over the next decade.
National Data Security Discussion Paper – 23 June 2022
On 6 April, the Australian Government - through the Department of Home Affairs - released a discussion paper to support the development of the National Data Security Action Plan.
The University made a brief submission; noting that the resulting security uplift from improved and harmonised data security and legislative frameworks would benefit and enable collaborative and translational research projects particularly in the areas of health, social sciences and defence. Taking a high-level view, we also articulated five issues as priorities: (1) Simplification, streamlining of government holdings; (2) Ability of government to protect and handle data; (3) International and national consistency for cross-border data flows; (4) Supply chain security; (5) Skilled workforce development.
NSW Government 2022 Flood Inquiry – 23 June 2022
In March 2022, the NSW Government commissioned an independent expert inquiry into ‘the preparation for, causes of, response to and recovery from the 2022 catastrophic flood event across the state of NSW’, with the Co-Leads announced as Professor Mary O’Kane AC and Mr Michael Fuller APM.
On 16 May, the Henry Halloran Trust and the Research Portfolio convened a workshop for researchers with expertise relevant to flood response, recovery and resilience planning efforts. Subsquently, on 23 June, the Trust lodged a multidisciplinary submission with the Inquiry Co-Leads.
This submission is accessible via https://www.sydney.edu.au/henry-halloran-trust/about/publications.html.
In addition to a series of specific remarks in response to the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference, the submission also offered overall comments in relation to the role of the higher education sector across research, knowledge sharing, education, and capacity building.
Australian Research Data Commons consultations - 31 May 2022
On 1 April, the Australian Research Data Commons released the draft ‘Research Data Management Framework for Australian universities’ for comment, which is being developed as part of their Institutional Underpinnings program.
The University made a brief submission, noting our active support of the program and offering two key suggestions on the draft framework. These are that there is value in developing at least some of the second-tier elements further - in particular, data ownership, digital preservation and governance - so that they play a more prominent role in the framework, and the inclusion of appropriate Indigenous data management requirements.
Higher Education Standards Panel - proposed inclusion of research translation in the Higher Education Threshold Standards – 6 May 2022
During April 2022, UA and the Go8 both made submissions to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment on the HESP proposal to include research translation in the Higher Education Threshold Standards.
The University also made a submission, elaborating on the following four issues of concern:
Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Review 2022 – 29 April 2022
In February 2022, the Australian Government – through the Department of Education, Skills and Employment – released a discussion paper on the review of the ESOS legislative framework.
The University provided responses to the 27 questions based on the six issues articulated for consideration; in addition to the three final general questions.
In conclusion, we reiterated that the ESOS framework, the Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF) and the Migration Act all need to work better in tandem for a smoother international student experience.
ERA 2023 Benchmarking and Rating Scale Consultation – 22 April 2022
In March 2022, the Australian Research Council released the ERA 2023 Benchmarking and Rating Scale Consultation Paper for public consultation. This follows the 2020 ERA EI review which recommended that the ERA benchmarks and rating scale be revised to account for changes in the global research environment and to provide greater granularity to identify our best universities and their strengths.
The consultation paper proposes two options for revising the rating scale. Each option is intended to provide robust best practice assessments and allow for comparison of universities against the average standard of performance in the discipline worldwide. Each option is also intended to set a new elite standard for which universities can strive.
The University provided detailed feedback on the ARC's proposed options.
NSW Legislative Council inquiry into use of primates and other animals in medical research – 31 March 2022
On 1 February 2022, the NSW Government - through its Legislative Council’s Health Portfolio Committee - released their terms of reference for an inquiry into the use of primates and other animals in medical research in New South Wales.
The University provided a comprehensive submission in response to the inquiry’ terms of reference, including examples of impactful medical research involving animals at the University and of government-funded initiatives to meet the 3Rs (of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) in other countries. We also highlighted the paucity of funding for 3Rs research and emphasised that all animals that fall under the definition of an animal within the Code and the NSW Animal Research Act are given equal consideration for their wellbeing, environmental enrichment and care, whether it is a fish or a non-human primate. The Committee accepted the submission and it has been published on the inquiry webpage at no. 217.
ANZCCART Australian Openness Agreement on Animal Research – 21 March 2022
Early in 2022, the Australian & New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) released their proposed draft of an Australian Openness Agreement in animal research, for public consultation. An openness agreement is a voluntary pledge that can be signed by organisations wishing to demonstrate commitment to greater transparency in their use of animals for research or teaching.
The University provided feedback to ANZCCART to assist in refining its proposed Agreement. We also reiterated our in-principle support for the initiative, which aligns strongly with our key organisational values of openness and engagement.
ERA 2023 Submission Documents Consultation – 18 March 2022
In preparation for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2023 submission process, the Australian Research Council (ARC) released the following documents for consultation:
On 18 March 2022, the University provided feedback on the Guidelines and the associated technical specifications, business rules and the discipline matrix.
ERA 2023 Preprints Consultation – 18 March 2022
In preparation for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2023 submission process, the Australian Research Council (ARC) released a consultation paper on preprints for feedback.
On 18 March 2022, the University provided feedback on the Preprints Consultation Paper.
Higher Education Research Commercialisation (HERC) Intellectual Property (IP) Framework Materials Consultation – 2 March 2022
On 7 February 2022, the Australian Government - through the Department of Education, Skills and Employment - made the HERC IP Framework materials available for public consultation and feedback.
The University made a submission which included five key recommendations to improve the Framework documents. This submission follows one made on 18 October 2021, which articulated our approach to industry collaboration and research commercialisation and expressed three key concerns with the proposals set out in the consultation paper on the Framework.
Animal welfare policy in New South Wales – 28 February 2022
In November 2021, the NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on State Development adopted Terms of Reference for an inquiry into and report on the State's animal welfare policy, regulatory and legislative framework.
The University made a submission, restating our concerns that incorporating the Animal Research Act 1985, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 and Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986 into a single new Act risks dilution of the important internationally recognised standards of regulation for animal research and the community reassurance and confidence that this delivers. In our submission we provided feedback on the Draft Animal Welfare Bill 2022 for consideration by the Standing Committee.
Our submission is No. 78 on the list published on the inquiry webpage.
Australian Research Council Amendment (Ensuring Research Independence) Bill 2018 – 25 February 2022
On 9 February 2022, the Senate referred the Australian Research Council Amendment (Ensuring Research Independence) Bill 2018 to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 15 March 2022
International student diversity at Australian universities Discussion Paper – 25 February 2022
On 3 February 2022, the Australian Government - through the Department of Education, Skills and Employment - released a discussion paper inviting views on the benefits and challenges of diversifying international student cohorts, and the role government policy measures can play in supporting diversification at public universities.
The University made a submission which includes insights about the key drivers influencing Australian universities’ international student cohort mixes and references to research on the relationship between international student diversity, learning and graduate outcomes.
Exposure Draft of the Copyright Amendment (Access Reform) Bill 2021 & Review of Technological Protection Measures Exceptions – 25 February 2022
On 21 December 2021, the Australian Government - through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications - released a discussion paper for feedback on the Exposure Draft of the Copyright Amendment (Access Reform) Bill 2021 (the Bill) & Review of Technological Protection Measures (TPM) Exceptions.
The discussion paper seeks views on the Bill and the Government’s aim to simplify and update provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 to better support the needs of Australians accessing content in the digital environment. The Government is also concurrently conducting a review of the TPM exceptions in section 40 of the Copyright Regulations 2017.
Security of Critical Infrastructure (Application) Rules 2021 and mandatory cyber incident reporting – 1 February 2022
On 15 December 2021, the University received correspondence from the Department of Home Affairs notifying us of Ministerial intentions in relation to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018, as amended by the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Act 2021. The letter was accompanied by the explanatory statement on the Security of Critical Infrastructure (Application) Rules 2021.
The University made a short submission, following a 2021 submission made to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s review of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 (12 February) and more detailed submissions made in 2020 to the Department of Home Affairs containing feedback to the exposure draft of the Bill (27 November) and the consultation paper (16 September).\
Exposure Draft of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Bill 2022 – 31 January 2022
From 15 December 2021 to 1 February 2022, the Department of Home Affairs undertook consultation and sought submissions on the Exposure Draft of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Bill 2022 (the SLACIP Bill) and the SLACIP Bill’s accompanying draft Explanatory Document.
The University made a short submission, following a 2021 submission made to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s review of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 (12 February) and more detailed submissions made in 2020 to the Department of Home Affairs containing feedback to the exposure draft of the Bill (27 November) and the consultation paper (16 September).
Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education – 22 January 2022
On 22 November 2021, the Australian Government’s Joint Committee on Treaties commenced an inquiry into the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education (Paris, 25 November 2021)
The University made a submission supporting the Committee recommending to the Parliament that Australia ratifies this Convention. We also noted that the objectives and basic principles enshrined in the Convention are consistent with the University’s existing policies and practices, and that the potential long-term benefits of ratification for students, graduates and employers are likely to significantly outweigh the possible extra administration costs that could arise for Australian higher education providers.
Higher Education Research Commercialisation IP Framework – 18 October 2021
On 21 September, the Minister for Education and Youth announced that feedback was being sought from universities, researchers and industry on an IP framework to promote greater collaboration between universities and industry and boost research commercialisation in Australia. The Minister also launched the consultation paper on the Higher Education Research Commercialisation IP Framework.
The University made a submission - articulating our approach to industry collaboration and research commercialisation and expressing three key concerns with the proposals set out in the consultation paper.
Australian Medical Research Advisory Board consultations – 11 October 2021
On 20 September, the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) opened consultations to develop the next Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy 2021-2026 and its related Priorities. The Strategy is set every five years and seeks to take into account Australia’s health needs and areas that need greater investment.
The University made a submission; consisting of responding to the eight questions set out in the consultation paper. These questions addressed the current and next Strategy (including how to address COVID-19 related topics and impacts) and the current and next set of Priorities (including identifying the most critical current and future issues for the health system and the health and medical research sector that the next Priorities need to address through research translation/implementation).
NSW Animal Welfare Reform Discussion Paper – 17 September 2021
On 3 August, the NSW Department of Primary Industries released a discussion paper on NSW Animal Welfare Reform.
The University made a submission through completion of the online survey. While we support the NSW Government’s intention to establish a single, modern animal care and protection law, we did state our strong preference that the Animal Research Act 1985 remains an independent Act, in line with countries that are recognised world leaders in supporting the welfare of animals used in research.
Implementation paper: Growing industry internships for research PhD students through the Research Training Program – 6 August 2021
On 20 July 2021, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment released a paper for feedback on implementation arrangements for the 2021‑2022 Budget measure Growing industry placements for research PhD students through the Research Training Program.
The paper seeks views on implementation arrangements for research PhD students who undertake internships which are eligible for the new RTP weighting and associated changes to the Tertiary Collection of Student Information (TCSI) system.
The University responded to the online survey, which consisted of seven questions.
Australian Data Strategy discussion paper – 6 August 2021
During the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government committed to developing an Australian Data Strategy to create a data-driven economy through better data use.
On 20 July 2021, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet released a discussion paper; seeking the University’s input to inform development of the Strategy. Development of the Strategy is expected to conclude by the end of the year.
The University made a submission, noting that creating a national data strategy presents the government and invested sectors with a rare opportunity to align our national priorities and legislation with international standards; which will result in significant benefits for international research, innovation and economic development.
Review of Foundation Program Standards – 26 July 2021
On 9 July, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment advised the University that they were reviewing the National Standards for Foundation Programs (the Standards); inviting feedback to the related consultation paper. The paper, ‘Foundation Program Standards: positioning for quality, success and competitiveness’, discusses redeveloping and enhancing the Standards for introduction from 1 October 2021.
The University made a submission, responding to the six discussion questions in the consultation paper. We also highlighted the rigorous oversight of our foundation program; noting that we monitor intake standards and the academic progression of foundation students carefully, particularly in the first year of their chosen bachelor programs.
Quality Initial Teacher Education Review – 18 July 2021
On 15 April 2021, the Minister for Education and Youth launched the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review. Subsequently, on 21 June 2021, a standalone website was launched by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, with an Expert Panel announced and a discussion paper released.
A submission was made by Professor Debra Hayes as Head of the Sydney School of Education & Social Work.
University-Industry Collaboration in Teaching and Learning Review – 16 July 2021
On 3 June 2021, the Minister for Education and Youth, and the Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, announced a review into building closer ties between Australian universities and industry.
Subsequently, on 10 June 2021, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment issued the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Review, alongside an invitation to make a written submission or provide case studies in response to these ToR.
The University made a submission, which included highlighting how we embed Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities in a variety of different ways across our programs.
NSW Heritage Act Review – 27 June 2021
In May 2021, the NSW Government - through the Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues - undertook to review the Heritage Act 1977, in particular, to look at the effectiveness of the Heritage Act and the NSW heritage regulatory system, along with heritage aspects of the Environmental Protection and Assessment Act 1979.
The University made a submission, responding specifically to two of the 19 focus questions raised in the exhibited document ‘Review of NSW Heritage Legislation - Discussion Paper, April 2021’.
TEQSA consultation paper: Fees and charges proposal – 3 June 2021
On 30 April 2021, the Australian Government - through the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) - released a consultation paper providing information on changes to cost recovery by TEQSA commencing on 1 January 2022. The paper informs stakeholders of how TEQSA proposes to determine their regulatory fees and charges.
The University made a submission emphasising our deep concerns about the policy inconsistency of applying the Government’s regulatory full cost recovery model to charitable, not-for-profit, tax exempt higher education providers registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and the extra red tape burden the proposed regime will introduce for the sector. We also made four suggestions regarding the structure of the proposed new annual levy and TEQSA’s overall approach to developing, implementing and refining its full cost recovery model; for consideration in keeping with TEQSA’s commitment to contemporary regulation and quality assurance.
ANAO audit: Health’s Management of the Medical Research Future Fund – 28 May 2021
In May 2021, the Australian Government - through the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) - announced an audit with the objective to assess whether the Department of Health is effectively managing the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).
The University made a submission after consulting with medical researchers within the institution. While addressing the ANAO’s three criteria, we made a number of suggestions regarding the governance of the MRFF and consequent performance measurements.
Consultation paper: ‘Connected, Creative, Caring: Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030’ – 12 May 2021
In April 2021, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment released a consultation paper on the development of a new Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030.
The University made a submission after consulting within the institution. Our feedback is also intended to complement the submissions provided by Universities Australia (UA), the Group of Eight (Go8) and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), to which we have contributed.
Consultation paper: University Research Commercialisation – 9 April 2021
On 25 February 2021, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment released a consultation paper on the development of a model for university research commercialisation and possible mechanisms to incentivise and increase partnerships between businesses and universities.
The University made a submission after consulting widely with our successful research commercialisers and through them with their industry partners.
NSW Government’s Draft Westmead Place Strategy - 31 March 2021
On 14 December 2020, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) released a Draft Place Strategy for the Westmead Precinct. Feedback was being sought to inform the final plans and help shape the future of Westmead as a health and innovation district.=
The University made a submission, reiterating our wish that continued efforts be placed on incorporating the extensive work already undertaken by the Department of Premier & Cabinet, DPIE and the University in relation to the development of a University campus at Westmead, while noting that the draft Westmead Place Strategy contains some inconsistencies with the Parramatta North Structure Plan.
Inquiry into the Data Availability and Transparency Bills – 12 March
On 4 February 2021, the Senate referred the Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020 [Provisions] and Data Availability and Transparency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 [Provisions] for inquiry by the Senate’s Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee.
The University made a submission, following our more detailed submissions made to the Office of the National Data Commissioner containing feedback on the exposure draft and accreditation framework (6 November 2020); the Data Sharing and Release Legislative Reforms Discussion Paper (15 October 2019) and the Data Sharing and Release Legislation Consultations (1 August 2018), and two submissions in 2016 to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Data Availability and Use.
While the University is broadly supportive of the Bill, we did raise some concerns, including about how data custodians will apply the ‘public benefit’ test of the research, and the fees associated with accreditation of institutions and their researchers and also those charged for access to the datasets.
Commonwealth Integrity Commission consultation draft – 12 February 2021
On 2 November 2020, the Australian Government - through the Attorney-General’s Department - released draft legislation to establish their proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission which intends to strengthen integrity arrangements across the federal public sector. The draft legislation comprises two Bills - the Commonwealth Integrity Commission Bill 2020 and the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Legislation Amendment (CIC Establishment and Other Measures) Bill 2020.
The University made a submission emphasising our deep concerns about the fundamental conceptual and structural problems with the proposed legislation. We also elaborated on three of our key concerns: the unnecessary duplication and intersection with the effective State-based anti-corruption regimes that already apply to most Australian public universities; the different standards proposed for staff of higher education providers, and the increased administrative and extra red tape burden the proposed regime will introduce for higher education providers.
Review of Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 and statutory review of the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 – 12 February 2021
On 21 December 2020, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security commenced a review into the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020, following a referral from the Attorney-General. The Bill was introduced into Parliament on 10 December 2020.
The University made a short submission, following our more detailed submissions made in 2020 to the Department of Home Affairs containing feedback to the exposure draft (27 November) and the consultation paper (16 September).
Further, in addition to reiterating the importance of a proportionate and workable regulatory approach, we also endorsed the submission from Universities Australia and any advice the Group of Eight provided on behalf of its member institutions.
Treasury discussion paper: Education and training expense deductions for individuals – 22 January 2021
In the 2020-21 Budget, the Australian Government announced that it would consult on allowing individuals to deduct education and training expenses they incur, where the expense is not related to their current employment.
On 11 December 2020, Treasury released a discussion paper, which seeks stakeholder views on whether tax arrangements should play a greater role in encouraging Australians to retrain and reskill to support their future employment and career and, if so, how this would best be achieved.
The University made a brief submission, with one of our concluding statements being that making such a change to Australia’s tax system would send a strong and timely message to the community about the importance and value of individuals pursuing further education and training throughout their lives.
View the University’s submission to Senate Inquiry into the Federal Government’s proposed Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020 - 10 September 2020.
View the University’s submission to Federal Government’s proposed Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020 - 17 August 2020 (pdf, 571KB)
View the University’s submission on the contribution of Higher Education to the United Nations General Assembly’s Sustainable Development Goals and to the “leaving no one behind” mandate - 30 June 2020
Submission to the Business Council of Australia's Future-Proof discussion paper: Future-proof- Australia future post- secondary education and skills system – January and August 2018 (pdf, 388KB) and submission in resoponse to to BCA's final Future-Proof reform plan - August 2018 (pdf, 263KB)
Submission regarding legislative proposals arising from proposed reforms of the Space Activities Act 1998 - April 2017 (pdf, 340KB)
Submission in response to review of the Space Activities Act 1998 – April 2016 (pdf, 20KB)