Foreign Interference Advisory Committee

The ANU Foreign Interference Advisory Committee is a sub-committee of the University Research Committee.  It was established to monitor, advise and provide assurance to the University community on the management of foreign interference risks to the University.  The Committee makes determinations on foreign collaborations and, where appropriate, makes recommendations to the Vice Chancellor.  The Committee reports regularly to the University Research Committee on its operations and activities.

Terms of reference

The Committee advises the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) and the Vice-Chancellor on:

  • matters relating to foreign collaborations or foreign interference at the University
  • any matter referred to the Committee.

The Committee, in carrying out its role, is to:

  • be the point of contact for the ANU regarding external enquiries concerning foreign interference
  • provide policy advice on matters relating to possible foreign interference in the activities of the ANU
  • provide up-to-date advice on matters of foreign interference to the ANU community
  • review and provide advice on collaborative international research and/or teaching relationships
  • review and provide advice on collaborative international HDR candidate and student relationships with the ANU
  • oversee and approve ANU responses to requests from government on matters of foreign interference
  • respond to any other issues relating to foreign interference as required by the Vice Chancellor.


Category Member Term expiry
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Chair Professor Keith Nugent
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Grady Venville
Director, ANU Communications & Engagement Mr Ed O'Daly Ex-officio
Vice President, Advancement Ms Barbara Miles
Chief Information Security Officer Mr Suthagar Seevaratnam Ex-officio
Dean, HDR Professor Ann Evans
Dean, HASS Representative Professor Sally Wheeler OBE
Dean, ANU College of Law
1 Jul 2022
Dean, STEM Representative Professor Elanor Huntington
Dean, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science
1 Jul 2022


Date & location
Wednesday 9 Feb, 9am
Friday 25 Feb, 9.30am
Wednesday 9 Mar, 1pm
Wednesday 23 Mar, 1pm
Wednesday 6 Apr, 1pm
Wednesday 20 Apr, 1pm
Wednesday 4 May, 1pm
Wednesday 18 May, 1pm
Thursday 2 Jun, 11.30am
Thursday 16 Jun, 1.30pm
Thursday 30 Jun, 11.30am
Thursday 14 Jul, 11am
Wednesday 27 Jul, 1pm
Wednesday 10 Aug, 1pm
Tuesday 23 Aug, 1.30pm
Wednesday 7 Sep, 11am
Wednesday 21 Sep, 1pm
Thursday 6 Oct, 11am
Thursday 20 Oct, 1.30pm
Wednesday 2 Nov, 1pm
Wednesday 16 Nov, 1pm
Wednesday 30 Nov, 10am
Wednesday 14 Dec, 10am