Professor Walker will be reviewing university progress against the principles of the Model Code produced by former Chief Justice of the High Court Robert French in 2019.
Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said:
“Last year universities agreed to adopt, adapt or ensure the principles of the French Model Code were reflected in the broad suite of policies that cover freedom of speech and expression at universities.”
“Universities have either finalised that process, or are part way through, and look forward to discussing progress with Professor Walker.”
“Freedom of expression and academic freedom are part of the DNA of Australian universities.”
“This is why Mr French’s proposed model code has been given careful attention by our universities to ensure the robustness of their frameworks for free speech and academic freedom.”
“In asking universities to give full and careful consideration to adopting the model code, Education Minister Dan Tehan noted the making of regulations and policies by a university is a matter for each institution reflecting institutional autonomy.”