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  • the University's policy framework and hierarchy
  • the process to be followed when developing Policies, Standards, Procedures and Guidelines
  • approval procedures
  • draft policy documents published for consultation with the University community
  • the A to Z Policy List
  • a custom Google search for the policy collection


COVID-19 Policy Addendum ('Addendum')
This Addendum was approved by the President and Vice-Chancellor on 26 August 2020.
This Addendum will operate as a new policy of the University modifying certain existing Policies, Procedures and Guidelines ('policy documents') on an interim basis to take account of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Addendum is to operate as if the contents in the table were incorporated into each of the named policy documents.
The interim changes in this Addendum are an amendment to the relevant document and have the same compliance status as the relevant Policy, Procedure or Guideline.
The Addendum will remain in force until it is removed from the Governance Policy website
The Director of Governance may approve minor updates in accordance with COVID-19 information distributed by the President and Vice-Chancellor.

Update on 2021 Statement on Financial Restrictions

Last year due to the economic impact of COVID-19 on the University, a series of financial restrictions were put in place in relation to non-essential business expenditure for an interim period. Management Board has noted the potential for an improved financial result for 2021 and has agreed that the University will relax a number of former expenditure restrictions.
Though 2021 appears slightly favourable, 2022 and 2023 will remain a challenge and so caution is still required.
With immediate effect:
1. All areas of the University may incur business expenditure up to their approved expenditure limits.

2. All expenditure must be incurred in strict compliance with all relevant policies and procedures

Expenditure must be for a legitimate University purpose, meaning they are reasonable and appropriate in the circumstances, and publicly defensible. The expenditure must not be, or perceived to be, excessive and must meet the Business Expense Policy principles:

  • Necessary to perform a valid business purpose fulfilling the mission of the University
  • Reasonable in that the expense is not extreme or excessive, and reflects a prudent decision to incur the expense
  • Appropriate in that the expense is suitable and fitting in the context of the valid business purpose
  • Allowable according to the terms of any federal regulation, sponsored contract, or University Policy and Procedure.
In particular with the resumption of credit card usage (details noted below) it should be said that non-compliance with policy and procedure will not be tolerated and action will be taken for such contravention.
3. Credit Card usage will resume in a controlled manner
Most University credit cards have been suspended with credit limits reduced to zero, effective from 7 May 2020. These suspensions will now be lifted in a controlled and sensible manner. Faculties and Divisions may have different approaches to administering credit cards and therefore this reintroduction will be managed locally according to local conditions.
Finance Business Partners play a key role in this process and should assist in the implementation. Credit cards are typically an area where non-compliance is experienced as part of this reintroduction of credit cards all holders should be made aware that non-compliance will not be tolerated.
The Business Expense Procedure (BEP) provides advice on what is allowable as well as providing guidance on limits for some expenditure which continues to apply with the exception of the following additional financial restrictions:

  • Travel - International Travel and Domestic Travel approval is subject to the guidance which can be found on the COVID-19 and Travel website. All travel must be booked via the mytravel portal with preapproval sought from your manager.
  • Work from home equipment – UNSW expenditure (including the use of your UNSW credit card) for home office equipment and consumables (both IT and non-IT) is not permitted.
Some  financial restrictions remain in place as follows: 

  • Expenditure on activity under various projects and plans, including the Estate Development Plan, the Estate Improvement Plan, the IT program and the 2025 Strategy is now subject to regular review and adjustment by Management Board.
  • Appointment or engagement of staff - the Management Board Recruitment Sub-committee will now focus its attention on ensuring recruitment is undertaken only where there is budget to do so.
Implementation of the changes is effective immediately (20 May 2021).