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Tools and templates

To assist with the effective management and reporting of risks within the university, it is important to ensure that risks are documented. A risk register is simply a documented record of the identified risks, their significance or rating, and how they are managed or treated. All areas within the university are encouraged to formally record and document their risks within a  risk register. In this way, a risk profile or description of the types and significance of risks will evolve.

Operational Risk Register

The Operational Risk Register is used to document ECU's Strategic and Operational Risks. This register should be used by all schools and centres and should be updated annually for inclusion in their strategic and operational planning. Operational Risk Registers are linked to the ECU Strategic Risk Register and contain those strategic risks that schools and centres manage in whole or part on behalf of ECU as well as key risks that are specific to their business activities.

Activity Risk Register

The Activity Risk Register has been developed to assist in identifying and managing the risks associated with university activities that may include: Research Projects, Functions on campus,  student excursions and field trips, international study tours, special student programs/events etc.

PLEASE NOTE: Activities with an overall risk rating of Substantial or above must be supported by a Risk Management Plan.

Research Project Controls Self Assessment Tool

The tool is designed to assist Chief Investigators and HDR students with quickly assessing the risk profile of their research project.  It is intended as a guide and assist a researcher in ensuring that the controls necessary to manage their research projects risks are implemented.

Student Practicum Risk Assessment and Management

When completed this document allows students, supervisors and the host organisations to indicate that they have recognised possible risk factors involved in a student placement in an industry workplace and that all reasonable efforts have been made to mitigate such risks on an ongoing basis.

For further information on these templates or for assistance contact Darryl Welsby (University Risk Manager), on email:, or phone: (08) 6304 2426.


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