Interactions with foreign individuals, groups or organisations are a welcome and important part of University life and integral to the success of Flinders University’s teaching, learning and research activities.
However, with foreign interactions comes the risk of foreign interference as universities can become targets for foreign actors seeking to act against Australia's national interest. To this end, foreign actors may seek to interfere in the university sector through:
- efforts to alter or direct the research agenda
- economic pressure
- solicitation and recruitment of researchers and academic staff
- cyber intrusions.
Anyone engaging in any activity or partnership on behalf of or with a foreign government, foreign university, foreign business or any other foreign organisation or entity as part of their University business must evaluate the proposed activity or partnership for the risk of foreign interference, foreign influence and/or statutory reporting or regulatory obligations – see Due Diligence.
The University’s Foreign Interactions Policy articulates how the University assesses and manages the risks associated with its foreign interactions. This webpage provides information on the various legislation, definitions, due diligence and reporting obligations relevant to foreign interactions to support members of the University community to manage the potential risks arising from their foreign interactions, and to ensure compliance with legislation and the University’s policy.