Reports and Publications

A repository for Advocacy Service publications and reports as well as broader resources relevant to advocacy in the tertiary education sector.

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Advocacy Service Publications & Reports

Quarterly Service Reports

2012

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report May-June 2012 | pdf version (130 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report July-September 2012 | pdf version (171 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report October-December 2012 | pdf version (199 kb)

2013

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report Jan-March 2013 | pdf version (600 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report April-June 2013 | pdf version (425 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report July-September 2013 | pdf version (216 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report October-December 2013 | pdf version (269 kb)

2014

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report January-March 2014 | pdf version (201 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report April-June 2014 | pdf version (182 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report July-September 2014 | pdf version (174 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report October-December 2014 | pdf version (166 kb)

Advocacy Service Report Annual Summary 2013-14 | pdf version (138 kb)

2015

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report January-March 2015 | pdf version (145 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report April-June 2015| pdf version (186 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report July-September 2015| pdf version (189 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report October-December 2015| pdf version (166 kb)

2016

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report January-March 2016 | pdf version (175 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report April-June 2016 | pdf version (214 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report July-September 2016 | pdf version (259 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report October-December 2016 | pdf version (174 kb)

2017

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report January-March_2017 | pdf version (172 kb)

Student Union Advocacy Service – Quarterly Report April-June_2017 | pdf version (594 kb)

Briefing and Discussion Papers

Policy or Police: Student Discipline Discussion Paper April 2015 | pdf version (186 kb)

UMSU Briefing Paper – FlexAP | pdf version (423 kb)

Confirmed minutes of the Advocacy & Legal Student Advisory Group

2013

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 1 of Semester 1 2013 | pdf version (72 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 1 of Semester 2 2013 | pdf version (85 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 2 of Semester 2 2013 | pdf version (77 kb)

2014

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 1 of Semester 1 2014 | pdf version (77 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 2 of Semester 1 2014 | pdf version (61 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 1 of Semester 2 2014 | pdf version (77 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 2 of Semester 2 2014  | pdf version (60 kb)

2015

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 1 of Semester 1 2015| pdf version (58 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 2 of Semester 1 2015| pdf version (60 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 1 of Semester 2 2015 | pdf version (65 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 2 of Semester 2 2015  | pdf version (54 kb)

2016

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 1 of Semester 1 2016| pdf version (107 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 2 of Semester 1 2016| pdf version (53 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 2 of Semester 1 2016| pdf version (125 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 2 of Semester 2 2016| pdf version (69 kb)

2017

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 1 of Semester 1 2017| pdf version (107 kb)

SAG Minutes Confirmed Meeting 2 of Semester 1 2017| pdf version (89 kb)

Student Governance Initiative

Student Representatives Handbook 2017 | pdf version (273 kb)

The Handy Guide to Good Decision making on Discipline Committees 2016 | pdf version (222 kb)

Relevant Publications and Research from External Sources

Some NSW universities have no way of identifying research student complaints, the NSW Ombudsman warns in this discussion paper. It suggests universities are often ill equipped to deal with conflicts between supervisors and students, with formal grievance procedures not designed to save struggling relationships before they collapse.
Complaints about the Supervision of Post-Graduate Students – A Discussion Paper January 2016 | pdf version (448 kb)

ICAC says universities should consider key initiatives to reduce corruption risks in international student industry –
Learning the hard way: managing corruption risks associated with international students at universities in NSW | pdf version (1989 kb)

The guide looks at the requirements of two important Commonwealth Acts that impose on many decision makers a duty to provide reasons for their decisions –
Administrative Review Council Best Practice Guide 4 – Reasons  | pdf version (60 kb)

Mishandled complaints have a high potential cost, both financially and in damage to reputations. All universities should therefore adopt an organised and professional approach to complaint handling. These guidelines point the way to a best practice approach –
Complaint handling at universities: Australasian best practice guidelines  | pdf version (5167 kb)

Recent publication from the ACT Ombudsman – University Complaints Handling Guidelines April 2016  | pdf version (421 kb)

This guide aims to provide some guidance for decision-makers about the sorts of things to be considered when making decisions that may impact on a person’s rights or interests, for example in staff or student disciplinary proceedings, determinations about a student’s unsatisfactory progress, decisions about course participation and assessment, or decisions to remove rights or entitlements of students –
Compliance Guide for University Decision-Makers regarding Procedural Fairness and Natural Justice | pdf version (44 kb)

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards) clarify the obligations of education and training providers and seek to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. The Standards were formulated under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and came into effect in August 2005 –
Disability Standards for Education 2005 & Guidance Notes | pdf version (114 kb)

The University of Melbourne Competition and Consumer Law Compliance Guide (2011)  | pdf version (68 kb)