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Designated Specialist Officers

One of the key requirements for the establishment and maintenance of a robust and strategically focused compliance program is to ensure that designated officers within ECU are formally acknowledged as subject matter experts for specified legislation with accountability for ECU's compliance with the legislation.

For each piece of legislation risk rated as substantial or above, as identified by the Manager, Legal and Integrity, a Designated Specialist Officer (DSO) will be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.  DSOs are responsible for ensuring University compliance with legislation.  In relation to the specific legislation assigned to a DSO, the roles of these key officers include:

  • Providing guidance and support to ECU staff on compliance matters;
  • Liaising with external parties including regulatory authorities and other stakeholders as required;
  • Reporting any recurring non-compliance issues or systemic non-compliance issues of a substantial or higher risk to the Manager, Legal and Integrity;
  • Assisting the Manager, Legal and Integrity when conducting reviews and changes in policy and processes in line with amendments to compliance obligations; and
  • Providing information and guidance to the University where changes to compliance obligations occur.
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