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Controlled entities

The University of Technology Sydney Act 1989 (NSW) (UTS Act) provides for controlled entities in part 4, division 1, section 16A.

UTS controlled entities are as follows.

Insearch Ltd

Insearch Ltd is a registered non-self accrediting higher education institution and a pathway provider to UTS. Its board of directors set high standards in corporate behaviour, teaching excellence and student care.

accessUTS Pty Ltd

accessUTS is the wholly owned commercial arm of UTS. The company was established in 2001 and is responsible for the provision of UTS consultant expertise to business, industry, the community and government.

accessUTS consultants work across a range of academic disciplines, providing consulting and expert opinion services, laboratory testing and analysis, training programs and study tours.

UTS Global Pty Ltd

For information about UTS Global, contact the Manager, Policy and Secretariat.

Major related entities

UTS Union Ltd

UTS Union provides a range of non-academic services and facilities at all campuses.

Sydney Educational Broadcasting Limited

UTS, in conjunction with Macquarie University, operates Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd (radio 2SER-FM), an independent and non-commercial radio station.

UTS Child Care Inc

UTS Child Care is an incorporated association that coordinates the operation of all child care services at UTS.

Commercial activities

The University of Technology Sydney Act 1989 (NSW) (UTS Act) provides key definitions, guidelines and other details relating to UTS commercial activities and functions in part 4, division 3 (sections 21A–21E).

The UTS governance instruments relating to commercial activities are as follows.

Commercial Activities Policy

The Commercial Activities Policy fulfils the obligation of Council under section 21B(1) of the UTS Act that ‘Council must by resolution determine, and must maintain, Guidelines requiring specified processes and procedures to be followed in connection with University commercial activities’. The Policy provides requirements for the evaluation of proposed commercial activities, necessary approvals and ongoing monitoring.

Standing Delegations of Authority

The key delegations relating to commercial activities are defined within the Standing Delegations of Authority. They are 1.17, 1.18, 3.3 and 3.4.

These delegations should be exercised subject to and in accordance with any other relevant governance instruments.

Changes to governance instruments

The UTS Act was amended in 2014 to, amongst other things, remove the requirement for Ministerial approval of Guidelines for Commercial Activities. In August 2015, Council approved the Commercial Activities Policy, which supersedes the UTS Ministerial Guidelines on Commercial Activities and the Council Directives for Commercial Activities.


For further information on governance instruments for UTS controlled entities or commercial activities, contact:

Richard Birrell
Manager, Policy and Secretariat
Tel: 02 9514 1249