University policies complement the University of Melbourne Act, University Statute and University Regulations, and either provide more detailed requirements for practice or cover new areas of operation not covered in the legislation.
For some areas of operation (e.g. occupational health and safety, human resources, equal opportunity) there may also be government legislation which will guide the development of relevant University policies.
University staff are required under their contracts of employment to understand their responsibilities and comply with University policies when carrying out their duties.
Students of the University are required under their terms of enrolment to understand their responsibilities and comply with University policies when carrying out their studies.