The University’s Integrity and Accountability Reform Program is well underway and an Interim Update highlights our significant progress.

This update is an important milestone in the evolution of our reform agenda, which has three core themes: compliance, capacity and culture.

Compliance refers to our governance and integrity systems and policies, along with our interaction with governance bodies such as the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and the CMC. Capacity is about appropriate resources, communication and training to achieve our integrity objectives. Culture describes our efforts to make integrity a pervasive ethos within our University.

These themes, when integrated, form an integrity model which underpins best practice governance and is highly resistant to potentially negative forces.

As part of the next stage of the process, the University has appointed Emeritus Professor Gerard Sutton AO to lead an independent review of the Reform Program. Professor Sutton is the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong. He will be joined by Dr David Watson in completing the review. Read more here.

Together, they will provide advice on actions to further strengthen our reform initiatives and governance systems.

The University is also working on initiatives to ensure appropriate resourcing, communication and training are in place, and that integrity is part of our underlying ethos. An all-staff survey of organisational culture, which is due to start soon, is one of these initiatives.

There has been much positive feedback from the UQ community about the program, and further input and comments can be directed to reformprogram@uq.edu.au

Capacity

Education and communication Work is progressing around ethics education and communication improvements.

Compliance

Governance and integrity - A number of governance areas are under review or completed.