Late last year, the Government introduced a new legislation, the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018 (the Act), designed to improve transparency regarding the nature and extent of foreign influence in Australia’s governmental and political process.
The Scheme establishes registration obligations for individuals and entities that undertake certain activities on behalf of foreign principals. The scheme covers activities that are political in nature (e.g. lobbying of members of parliament) and activities undertaken for political or government influence (e.g. providing information or material to influence public voting during a federal election).
Most ordinary University activities will not be captured by the Scheme, however RMIT staff who interact or collaborate with foreign governments and/or institutions should be aware of their obligations under the Scheme and the types of activities that may give rise to an obligation to register.
More information on the different types of activities covered by the Scheme is covered on Worklife.