Establishment of a University Foreign Interference Taskforce

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On 28 August 2019, Minister for Education Dan Tehan, announced the government is establishing a University Foreign Interference Taskforce to provide better protection for universities against foreign interference. A guiding framework for the development of best practice guidelines to counter foreign interference in the Australian university sector was developed in a partnership between government and the university sector.

The Taskforce will bring together universities and Australian Government agencies to develop a set of best practice guidelines to support an environment of trust and to guide decision making, based on potential risks, so Australian universities can continue to produce world-class research.

The Taskforce will comprise of a steering committee and working groups that will focus on four key areas: Cyber Security; Research and Intellectual Property; Foreign Collaboration; and Culture and Communications.

It is anticipated draft guidelines will be circulated to the sector for consultation in September 2019 and finalised guidelines will be available by November.

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