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University of Sydney policies

We have a transparent and open approach to policy
As a public institution, we are dedicated to maintaining strong internal policies and actively engaging with changes in government policy.

Internal policies

As a public institution, we have a rigorous and robust policy framework under the jurisdiction of the Policy Management Unit in the Office of the General Counsel.

Our framework consists of four types of document:

  • Policy - a mandatory statement of the principles guiding operations and decision making.
  • Procedures - mandatory statements of the standard and required practice.
  • Local provisions - binding statements of principles applicable only within a particular faculty, academic college or administrative unit.
  • Guidelines - advisory and explanatory statements offering detail, context or recommendations for good practice.

Our Policy Register can be searched by students, staff and the general public, and contains documents on topics such as health and safety, community relations, infrastructure and procurement.

Higher education and research policy submissions

As a major publicly-funded institution, we maintain important relationships with governments at all levels.

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

Activities relating to higher education policy are led by staff based in the Vice-Chancellor's Office.

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.

Innovation metrics review – 28 March 2019

The Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science released a consultation paper in March as part of a major review it is leading to improve the way it measures innovation across Australia.  

View the University’s submission (pdf, 160KB)


National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy: Issues Papers – 15 March 2019

Following the initial consultation process in February, the Expert Advisory Group has developed six Issues Papers outlining possible further actions to address the challenges facing tertiary education in regional, rural and remote areas.

View the University's submission (pdf, 230KB)


Australian Qualifications Framework Review – 15 March 2019

In the 2017-18 budget, the Australian Government announced a review of the AQF, which will ensure that the framework continues to meet the needs of all stakeholders.

View the University's submission (pdf, 250KB)


Review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards – 15 March 2019

In December 2018 the Department of Education and Training released a discussion paper for the Review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards.

View the University's submission (pdf, 1.6MB)


Tackling contract cheating - 1 March 2019

In December 2018 the Federal Government released the advice of the Higher Education Standards Panel into commercial (or 'contract') cheating in higher education. The Government is currently drafting legislation that would make it an offence to provide or advertise cheating services in higher education in Australia.

View the University's submission (pdf, 436.8KB)


National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces – 28 February 2019

On 20 June 2018 Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner announced a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

View the University's submission (pdf, 223.5KB)


Good Clinical Practice inspection program (GCP) – 22 February 2019

The TGA has released a ‘Consultation Paper’ on its plan to initiate a GCP inspection program of clinical trial sites this year.

View the University's submission (pdf, 56.1KB)


Performance-based funding for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme – 21 February 2019

In December 2018 the Federal Government released a ‘Discussion Paper’ about its proposed introduction of new performance-based funding arrangements for the Australian higher education sector. 

View the University's submission (pdf, 498.9KB)


Reallocation of Commonwealth-Supported Places for enabling, sub-bachelor and postgraduate courses – 15 February 2019

In November 2018 the Federal Government released a ‘Consultation Paper’ setting out options for a new mechanism for the Government allocation of enabling, sub-bachelor and postgraduate courses and seeks feedback from stakeholders on which courses should be funded and why.

View the University's submission (pdf, 404.2KB)


National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy – 1 February 2019

The Federal Government announced in November 2018 that it had asked a Regional Education Expert Advisory Group chaired by the Hon Dr Denis Napthine to develop a National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy for the Commonwealth. A ‘framing paper’ was released on 20 December 2018 to inform the first round of consultations with stakeholders.

View the University's submission (pdf, 510.1KB)


Publication of education agent and performance data – February 2019

Late in 2018, the Federal Minister for Education committed to publishing performance data on education agents in Australia's international education system. The Department of Education and Training sought feedback on developing a strategy for the publication of all education agent performance data by releasing a ‘policy paper’ on 11 January 2019. Publication of a final report is expected in the middle of 2019.

For more information please access the University’s survey responses (pdf, 147KB).

Submission to a review of Freedom of Speech in higher education - December 2018 (pdf, 50KB)

Submission to a consulation paper: Growing international education in regional Australia - December 2018 (pdf, 187KB)

Feedback on the Australian Labor Party's equity proposals - November 2018 (pdf, 121KB)

Submission to a discussion paper: Away from base futures – November 2018 (pdf, 548KB)

Submission to a consulation paper: Transition to new reporting standards under the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) requirements – September 2018 (pdf, 194KB)

Submission to a discussion paper: Student equity 2030 - September 2018 (pdf, 161KB)

Submission on exposure draft legislation regarding the establishment of external conduct standards for charities on – September 2018 (pdf, 169KB)

Submissions to Senate Committee reviews into the MyHealth Record System and related legislation – September 2018 (pdf, 126KB)

Submission to a review of the Indigenous student success program - August 2018 (pdf, 323KB)

Submission regarding the Medical Research Future Fund's (MRFF) Priorities for 2018-2020 – August 2018 (pdf, 13KB)

Submission to an issues paper: New Australian government data sharing and release legislation – August 2018 (pdf, 398KB)

Submission to the copyright modernisation consultations – July 2018 (pdf, 145KB)

Submission to a House of Representatives inquiry into Australian Government's funding for research – June 2018 (pdf, 240KB)

Submission to the Independent Review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 (Cth) - May 2018 (pdf, 73KB) and Supplementary in July 2018 (pdf, 152KB)

Submission to the City of Sydney's international education plan – April 2018 (pdf, 75KB)

Submission to a Senate committee inquiry into Australia's implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – March 2018 (pdf, 174KB)

Submission to the Australian Labor Party’s  consultation about the terms of reference for its proposed post-secondary education review – March 2018 (pdf, 168KB)

Submission to a Senate Committee inquiry into the future of work and workers – February 2018 (pdf, 212KB)

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 to the consultation paper: digital economy strategy - November 2017 (pdf, 330KB)

Submission to a consultation process to revise the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (pdf, 165KB)

Submission to a consultation paper on sub-bachelor course funding - September 2017 (pdf, 420KB)

Submissio to a consultation paper on visa simplication - September 2017 (pdf, 156KB)

Submission regarding the proposed closure of the Education Investment Fund (EIF) - September 2017 (pdf, 120KB)

Submission to a review of Australia's space industry capability - August 2017 (pdf, 645KB)

Submission to an Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education - August 2017 (pdf, 377KB)

Response to draft revision national standards for english language intensive courses for overseas students revisions - August 2017 (pdf, 332KB)

Submission to the Higher Education Standards Panel's discussion paper: Improving retention, completion and success in higher education - July 2017 (pdf, 300KB)

Submission to a Senate committee inquiry into Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 - June 2017 (pdf, 2.3MB)

Submission to an issues paper regarding Innovation and Science Australia's strategic plan 2030 issues paper - May 2017 (pdf, 750KB)

Submission in response to the NHMRC open access policy consultation draft - May 2017 (pdf, 155KB)

Submission in response to the Higher Education Standard Panel's Admissions Transparency Implementation Plan - May 2017 (pdf, 275KB)

Submission in response to the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council's Independent Review of Accreditation Systems - May 2017 (pdf, 950KB)

Response to the NSW Ministry of Health draft genomics strategy - April 2017 (pdf, 455KB)

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)

Covering letter for a set of submissions to the Greater Sydney Commission's draft district plans consulations - March 2017 (pdf, 140KB)

Submission in response to the Australian Taxation Office's review of advice on the tax treatment of scholarships - March 2017 (pdf, 110KB)

Submission in response to the review of Australian Research Council's open access policy - March 2017 (pdf, 185KB)

Submission on a consultation draft for a revised national code of practice for providers of education and training services to overseas students - March 2017 (pdf, 210KB)

Submission to the consultation paper: New research block grant data requirements - March 2017 (pdf, 190KB)

Submission regarding proposed changes to the publication of Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency's regulatory decisions - March 2017 (pdf, 300KB)

Submission regarding changes to the revision of the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research - February 2017 (pdf, 165KB)

Submission in response to the Australian Government's foreign policy white paper consultations - February 2017 (pdf, 390KB)

Submission to a review of Commonwealth-supported medical places – February 2017 (pdf, 290KB)

Submission to the draft National Research Infrastructure Roadmap - January 2017 (pdf, 365KB)

Submission to the Productivity Commission’s draft report: Data availability and use – December 2016 (pdf, 260KB)
Submission to the Productivity Commission's issues paper: Data availability and use – July 2016 (pdf,180KB)

Submission to the R&D Tax Incentive Review draft report – October 2016 (pdf, 260KB)

Submission to a review of the NSW local government rating system – October 2016 (pdf, 365KB)

Submission to an infrastructure capability issues paper – September 2016 (pdf, 650KB)

Submission to an evaluation of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) – September 2016 (pdf, 400KB)

Submission to a structural review of the National Health and Medical Research Council's grant program – August 2016 (pdf, 620KB)

Submission to a higher education reform options paper released by the Australian Government – July 2016 (pdf, 180KB)

Submission regarding the consultation paper: Research Block Grant Arrangements – July 2016(pdf, 320KB)

Submission in response to the Australian Research Council's consultations regrading for engagement and impact assessment – June 2016 (pdf, 565KB)

Submission regarding the Productivity Commission's draft report of the public inquiry into intellectual property arrangements – June 2016 (pdf, 320KB)
Submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into intellectual property arrangements – December 2015 (pdf, 367)

Submission to the Medical Research Future Fund Strategy and Priorities – June 2016 (pdf, 390KB)

Submission a Higher Education Standards Panel's consultation paper on admissions transparency – May 2016 (pdf, 127KB)

Submission to a Senate Committee inquiry into innovation and creativity of Australia's future workforce - March 2016 (pdf, 32KB)

Submission on the proposed public release of key financial metrics of  higher education providers registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) – January 2016 (pdf, 80KB)

Submission to a Senate Committee inquiry into the role of agriculture and agribusiness partnerships in promoting development and stability in the indo-pacific region – November 2015 (pdf, 600KB)

Submission to the National Health and Medical Research Council providing a summary of our gender equity policies  – November 2015 (pdf, 7MB)

Submission in response a Senate Committee inquiry into Australia’s relationship with Mexico – October 2015 (pdf, 237KB)

Submission in response to a House of Representatives inquiry into agricultural Innovation – September 2015 (pdf, 350KB)

Submission to a review of Australian Government research policy and funding (Watt Review) – September 2015 (pdf, 1.7MB)

Submission to the draft National Health and Medical Research Council policy on misconduct relating to grant funds – September 2015 (pdf, 217KB)

Submission to a review of Australia's research training system – August 2015 (pdf, 120KB)

Submission regarding bills to amend the Educational services for overseas students Act 2000  – August 2015 (pdf, 240KB)

Submission to the consultation paper: Vision for a science nation – August 2015 (pdf, 135KB)

Submission to Senate committee inquiry into Medical Research Future Fund Establishment Bills – July 2015 (pdf, 65KB)

Submission to a consultation paper regarding current and emerging issues for National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship Schemes – June 2015 (pdf, 280KB)

Submission regarding a draft national strategy for international education – May 2015 (pdf, 315KB)

Submission to a review of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program – April 2015

Submission to a Senate committee review of the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015 – March 2015 (pdf, 200KB)

Submission  to a Senate committee inquiry into the principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 – February 2015 (pdf, 1.4MB)
Submission regarding the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 – February 2015 (pdf, 67KB)

Submission regarding the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015 – February 2015 (pdf, 205KB)

Submission to the Productivity Commission's research project on international education services – January 2015 (pdf, 100KB)

Submission regarding the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 – January 2015 (pdf, 77KB)