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13th Annual University Governance and Regulations Forum

Upholding standards and quality in Higher Education

24 – 25 October 2018 | Novotel, Brisbane

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The 13th annual University Governance & Regulations Forum will provide a platform for knowledge sharing on current issues and challenges facing universities across Australia.

The Forum will consider how the Federal Government’s current Higher Education policy is impacting the sector, whilst considering future developments and ensuring the sustainability and competitiveness of Australian universities.

Leaders across Australia’s Higher Education sector will provide insight into current policy, regulations and best practice for good governance. Key ideas will be presented, discussed and shared to improve academic integrity, risk management, sustainability, overall governance, responsibility and accountability, taking a clear view at strategic developments and operational advances.


8:30 am

Registration and morning refreshments

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the Morning Chair


9:10 am

  •  Admissions transparency
  •  Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
  •  Academic Integrity
  •  Third party delivery


9:50 am

KEYNOTE | Enabling an affordable and sustainable higher education sector

Professor Stephen Parker AO, National Sector Leader - Education, KPMG

10:30 am

Morning Tea & Networking Break


12:00 pm

  •  Student equity is linked to billions in annual public investment
  •  Recent research highlights that accountability for investment in equity could be stronger
  •  This session describes how accountability for equity can be better integrated in governance

12:40 pm



1:40 pm

  • Showcasing the benefits of forming strong industry partnerships
  • Incorporating local community into research projects
  • Demonstrating recent successful projects


2:20 pm

  • Managing risk during planning, construction and delivery
  • Overall good governance and management of the project
  • Outlining the roles of those involved

3:00 pm

Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

3:30 pm

  •  Coherently approaching risks faced by the university
  •  Implementing appropriate strategies to manage risk
  •  Understanding the nature of different risks


4:10 pm

  •  How are universities systems for supporting complaints functioning?
  •  Is there a rise in harassment cases and how are these being managed?
  •  How are complaints reported and recorded?

5:10 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:20 pm

Networking Drinks

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the Morning Chair


9:10 am

PANEL | Ensuring academic integrity through good governance and the role of the Academic Board

Prof Mark Perry, Chair of the Academic Board, University of New England

A/Prof David Cohen, Chair of the Academic Board, UNSW

A/Prof Anthony Masters, Chair of the Academic Board, University of Sydney

9:50 am

  •  Understanding the role of academic governance
  •  Academic leadership through governance and management
  •  Building a best-practice model for Australian Higher Education Institutions

10:30 am

Morning Tea & Networking Break


11:00 am

  • How can universities ensure that students and staff are legally compliant?
  • Ensuring procedures are in place to deal with alleged copyright offences
  • Monitoring changing legislation


12:00 pm

  • Challenging standard approaches to reducing plagiarism and inputting frameworks improve academic integrity
  • Addressing current concerns about contract cheating
  • Highlighting currently developing and possible future methods of contract cheating

12:40 pm



1:40 pm

  •  Governance challenges operating non-academic entities
  •  Best practice for operating controlled entities
  •  Protecting universities interest


2:20 pm

  •  What is the in-house legal team’s role in University ethics and responsibility?
  •  The primary duty is to ensure a strong legal foundation – by establishing governance, policy and compliance frameworks, clear accountabilities and good practice.
  •  Outlining challenges faced by legal counsel looking to the bigger picture of culture
  •  Developing a healthy organisational culture is crucial to managing risk


3:00 pm

  •  Regulatory & governance challenges when operating in different jurisdictions
  •  Building international partnerships, attracting overseas students and developing exchange projects
  •  The growing international attraction to Australian high education

4:00 pm

Afternoon Tea & Close of Conference


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Event Pricing

  • Early bird rate: $2,295 // Expires 31 August 2018
  • Standard rate: $2,495 // From 01 September 2018


Dr Michael Tomlinson FCIS

Director – Assurance Group, TEQSA

Professor Stephen Parker AO

National Sector Leader - Education, KPMG

Professor Geraldine Mackenzie

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Southern Cross University & Incoming Vice-Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland

Prof Greg Hill

Vice-Chancellor, University of Sunshine Coast and Chair, Regional Universities Network

Matt Brett

Acting Director Planning and Institutional Performance, La Trobe University

Dr Scott Snyder

Chief Operating Officer, University of the Sunshine Coast

Omer Yezdani

Director, Planning and Strategic Management, ACU

Prof Mark Perry

Chair of the Academic Board, University of New England

A/Prof David Cohen

Chair of the Academic Board, UNSW

A/Prof Anthony Masters

Chair of the Academic Board, University of Sydney

Prof Hilary Winchester

Education Consultant, Hilary Winchester Pty Ltd & Chair of Academic Boards, Australian Institute of Business

Tom Joyce

University Library and Copyright Lawyer, University of Queensland

Antony Ley

Information Policy Officer, Griffith University

Dr Tracey Bretag

Director – Academic Integrity, University of South Australia

Mary-Ann Seebeck

Lawyer – Corporate Governance, Federation University

Prof Sarah Todd

Vice President (Global), Griffith University

Laurie Pearcey

Pro-Vice Chancellor - International, UNSW

when & where

24 - 25 Oct 2018

Novotel Brisbane
200 Creek Street
Brisbane City QLD 4000
Phone: (07) 3309 3309

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