Risk management systems and culture that enables opportunity, frames innovation, creates competitive advantage, leverages data and underpins good governance.


Risk Management at ACU encompasses all efforts to identify, assess, monitor and respond to institutional level risks. In striving for success, ACU acknowledges that it will encounter many obstacles and barriers along the way, so our risk management process is designed to inform ACU decision making including best options, best opportunities and most effective solutions. 

Our process involves and requires input from faculty and staff across the University, for at ACU, risk management is everybody’s responsibility.  As information is gathered, it is considered by our leadership team who incorporate insights into their planning process to ensure our course remains on track yet agile and responsive to threats and opportunities presenting from an ever changing global, domestic and sector environment.    

Risk Management at ACU is administered by the Office of Planning and Strategic Management and overseen by the Audit and Risk Committee, a sub-committee of ACU Senate.  The Quality Assurance and Risk Working Group provide guidance and support. Other committees have intersecting roles and receive and provide regular reports on matters of related risk relevance.

ACU’s Risk Management is underpinned by its Risk Management Policy and Procedures and Risk Management Systems and Frameworks.

Click here for more information about risk management at ACU.

Quality assurance

In line with ACU’s commitment to its mission, vision, and strategic priorities, ACU is committed to delivering education and research of the highest quality. Its quality assurance program drives continuous improvement through the PIRI Model (Plan – Implement- Review – Improve). Click here for more information about Assurance Maps and Reviews. 

As a higher education provider in Australia, ACU is guided and complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework - Part A: Standards for Higher Education, and Part B: Criteria for Higher Education Providers – and as such is regulated by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). ACU’s registration is due for renewal in July 2025.

Click here for more information about Quality Assurance including the review schedules, reviews undertaken,  review templates, policies, advice about the regulator and the HESF Standards.

Internal audit

Internal Audit is an independent, objective assurance service designed to add value and improve ACU’s operations. Internal Audit helps ACU accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

Internal audit is administered by the Office of Planning and Strategic Management (OPSM) under guidance from ACU Audit and Risk Committee. Internal Audits at ACU are guided by our:

  • Internal Audit Policy;
  • Internal Audit Charter; and
  • Internal Audit Review Sponsor’s Guide.

Click here for more information about internal audit and activity management.

More Information

For more information about internal audit and activity management, contact Carol-Anne Rainbird, National Manager, Risk.

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Page last updated on 31/08/2020

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