James Cook University (JCU) has a responsibility to identify and comply with range of legislative and regulatory requirements. An effective, organisation-wide compliance management system enables an organization to demonstrate its commitment to compliance with relevant laws, including legislative requirements, industry codes and organisational standards, as well as standards of good corporate governance, best practices, ethics and community expectations.
All governments, including Australia’s, try to influence deliberations on issues of importance to them. Foreign powers have an interest and desire to influence Australian Government, business, academic and individual decision-making to benefit their political, economic and strategic interests. When conducted in an open, lawful and transparent manner, these activities contribute positively to the debate and are welcome. Foreign interference activities go beyond routine diplomatic influence practiced by governments.
Given the University’s international reach and engagement, the potential risks as well as the opportunities this brings must be actively managed. Australian universities are expected to ensure that the broad benefits to Australia derived from international collaborations and recruitment are balanced against the potential for foreign interference to be enabled through these relationships.
Foreign interference occurs when activities are carried out by, or on behalf of a foreign actor, which are coercive, covert, deceptive or corrupting and are contrary to Australia’s sovereignty, values and national interest. Foreign interference can result in:
- JCU’s valuable research, or other sensitive data becoming compromised;
- The cultivation of the JCU community for espionage against Australia; or
- Foreign governments gaining an undue commercial, technical or intellectual advantage to the disadvantage of JCU
The information below is intended to assist staff and students to understand key foreign compliance obligations which may impact on University activities.