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Report wrongdoing

We are committed to the investigation of suspected wrongdoing
If you know or suspect any wrongdoing by a member of the University (including staff, students and affiliates), please use this information to file a report so that we may investigate the matter.

At the University, wrongdoing broadly means when a member of staff or an affiliate may be or is involved in corruption, maladministration, serious or substantial waste of public money or the contravention of government information requirements.

Please read the University’s Reporting Wrongdoing Policy 2012 for more information about what can constitute wrongdoing.

Reports can be made in a number of ways:

  1. Submit a report online
  2. Phone: +61 2 8627 5504  (Internal Audit Director)
  3. Email: internal.audit@sydney.edu.au
  4. Visit our office in person, or mail us at:
  5. Internal Audit Office
    Room 300, Level 3, Margaret Telfer K07, 71-79 Arundel Street (view on map)
    University of Sydney, NSW 2006
     
  6. Reports can also be made to the Office of General Counsel or the Vice-Chancellor (vice.chancellor@sydney.edu.au). 

Yes. However, it is important to provide as much evidence and information as possible. Make sure you provide copies of documents, emails or other evidence of the wrongdoing, because anonymous reports cannot be followed up for further details. 

Bear in mind that it is almost inevitable with most reports of wrongdoing – anonymous or not – that further information will be needed to complete the process. 

You should also be aware that it will not be possible to provide you with information about any outcomes resulting from your report, which is something the Director of Internal Audit does at the completion of an investigation.

Internal Audit will deal with your report. Investigations are conducted by Internal Audit staff who receive, assess and manage all serious complaints, reports or allegations about wrongdoing by staff or affiliates. 

This can include reports about corrupt conduct, maladministration, serious and substantial waste of public money or some other kind of wrongdoing.

We take the issue of confidentiality very seriously and all reports of wrongdoing are treated confidentially. Some reports may also fall within the definition of a ‘public interest disclosure’, and as such are managed in accordance with the requirements of the NSW Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994. The identity of any person making a “public interest disclosure” is protected and must be kept confidential. 

If you are thinking of making a report, you should read the University’s Reporting Wrongdoing Policy 2012 where public interest disclosures are described and the process is explained. 
 
You can also visit the New South Wales Ombudsman website for further information about public interest disclosures. 

The University is committed to protecting people who report wrongdoing. For staff and affiliates, this protection is governed by the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (NSW) and the University’s Reporting Wrongdoing Policy 2012
 
Staff and affiliates who disclose wrongdoing or suspected wrongdoing must not be subjected to detrimental action by way of reprisal for having done so.

Any staff member or affiliate who believes that detrimental action has been, or is being taken against them or another person in reprisal for a report of wrongdoing, should immediately inform one of the following people:

  • Director, Internal Audit – (02) 8627 5504
  • General Counsel – (02) 9036 5277
  • Vice-Chancellor and Principal – (02) 9351 6980

Submit a report online

If you would like to make an allegation anonymously, you may leave your personal details blank. Only the allegation/complaint description is mandatory. Please be aware that making an anonymous allegation means we may not be able to investigate your concerns if enough details have not been provided. Neither will we be able to give you feedback about any action that has been taken.