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Conflicts of Interest Policy

Section 1 - Preamble

(1) Members of the University community have a duty of loyalty to the University, and it is important that they are able to recognise, declare and manage situations involving actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest.

(2) Members of the University community have the obligation to protect the reputation of the University by maintaining high ethical standards, fairness and integrity in all dealings.

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Section 2 - Purpose

(3) This document establishes the principles by which University staff and members of the University community are to judge whether a matter represents a conflict of interest, and the responsibilities they hold to the University in relation to such conflicts.

(4) This document does not cover the procedure for addressing such conflicts, which is covered in the Conflicts of Interest Procedure.

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Section 3 - Scope

(5) All staff of the University and other members of the University community including students, contractor and adjuncts must be aware of their obligations to recognise, declare and manage situations involving actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest.

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Section 4 - Policy Principles

Conflict of Interest

(6) Members of the University Community must avoid, mitigate and declare all conflicts of interest.

(7) A conflict of interest occurs when the private interests of a member of the University community may influence, compromise or conflict with the conduct of that member of the University community in relation to their activities at the University.

(8) A conflict of interest occurs when a member of the University community is being influenced by a foreign party to act in the interests of that party.

(9) Conflicts of interest can be real, potential or perceived and can involve the financial or non-financial interests of a member of the University community; as well as the financial and non-financial interests of a person in a close personal relationship with a member of the University community.

Responsibility

(10) In all interactions with members of the University community and other individuals (internal, external and foreign), a member of the University community has an obligation to:

  1. always observe the highest standard of business ethics;
  2. not improperly use their position to gain a personal benefit;
  3. not improperly use their position to gain a benefit for another party whether internal, external or foreign; 
  4. avoid, as far as possible, ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest;
  5. ensure that personal activities and interests do not conflict with their obligations to the University; and
  6. recognise and declare situations to a supervisor or other authorised person that might reasonably give rise to, or be perceived as giving rise to a conflict of interest.

(11) Where a conflict of interest does arise, a member of the University community must disclose such a conflict in accordance with the Conflicts of Interest Procedure and act in accordance with any advice received from either a supervisor or other authorised person.

(12) All staff members have an individual responsibility to raise any suspicion, allegation or report of bribery or improper conduct in accordance with the Fraud and Corruption Control Policy and Whistleblower Reporting (Improper Conduct) Procedure.

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Section 5 - Non-compliance

(13) Non-compliance with Governance Documents is considered a breach of the Code of Conduct - Staff or Code of Conduct - Students and is treated seriously by the University. Reports of concerns about non-compliance will be managed in accordance with the applicable disciplinary procedures.

(14) All staff members have an individual responsibility to raise any suspicion, allegation or report of fraud or corruption in accordance with the Fraud and Corruption Control Policy and Whistleblower Reporting (Improper Conduct) Procedure.