External Interests Policy

The Conflicts of Interest Policy has been revised and renamed External Interests Policy 2010 (98KB PDF).

Intent

This policy:

  • outlines the general standards of conduct expected of University staff and affliates in relation to external interests; and
  • provides for the avoidance and appropriate management of actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest.

General

The University acknowledges that:

  • its staff and affiliates engage in a wide variety of external activities, and considers that these are in the public interest and of benefit to the University and to the individuals involved.
  • external interests may give rise to conflicts of interests, whether actual, potential or perceived. This does not, of itself, imply that any wrongdoing has occurred or will occur.

The External Interests Policy (98KB PDF) requires that staff and affiliates not allow their external, personal or financial interests, or duties to any external entity to come into actual, potential or perceived conflict with their duties to the University.

The table below explains the different types of conflicts of interest.

Actual conflict of interest Perceived conflict of interest Potential conflict of interest

A University staff member or affiliate is in a position

to be influenced


by their private interests when doing their job

A University staff member or affiliate is in a position

to appear to be influenced


by their private interests when doing their job

A University staff member or affiliate is in a position

where they may be influenced in the future

by their private interests when doing their job

Source: ICAC 2009 Identifying and managing conflicts of interest in the public sector