Risk management requirements

From extreme weather to insecure data – all areas of the University face risk. It’s everyone’s responsibility to be risk smart in their day-to-day at RMIT.

Get to know the different types of risks

It’s important that you understand and consider the different types of risk RMIT could face to protect yourself, and our community, against potential negative impacts. All risks could impact RMIT as a whole, its brand, reputation and, most importantly, our people. We all need to do our bit in ensuring risks are identified quickly in order for us to manage our risks effectively.

Some risks and consequences you could experience at RMIT include:

Plagiarism and cheating

The penalties for breaching academic integrity include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and expulsion resulting in the cancellation of your program. Find more information about Academic Integrity to make sure you know the rules and where to get support.

Concerning, threatening or inappropriate behaviour

At RMIT, we are committed to providing a respectful and safe place to study and work. Go to Safer Community to learn more about threatening or inappropriate behaviour and which support options are available.

Cyber security risks

All students at RMIT have a responsibility to know and understand what is required of them to protect RMIT data, systems and personal information. Go to Cyber Safety to learn more about how to stay safe online.

Research lab faults

Research lab refrigerators can store up to 4 years’ worth of research, and all it takes is one electrical fault or power outage to ruin it all.

Chemical management

RMIT has developed processes and guidance material to provide advice on hazardous chemicals within RMIT premises for the following:

  • Risk assessment requirements
  • Purchasing of chemicals
  • Maintaining a hazardous chemical register
  • Storage, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals
  • Training
  • Health surveillance
  • Records

Please check your local area for any specific processes that may have been developed in line with the RMIT processes below.

ChemAlert Chemical Management System

RMIT’s Chemical Management System can be accessed by RMIT students and staff.  The database is designed to assist with the management of chemicals used in RMIT activities and to meet strict requirements of hazardous chemicals.

ChemAlert provides:

  • Access to original supplier MSDSs
  • A customised inventory of hazardous chemicals for all storage locations
  • Advice on segregation and placarding
  • A Workplace Risk Assessment Module
  • ChemAlert Label Module.

Spotted a risk? Here’s what to do

Please reach out to your tutor, lecturer or Course Coordinator to discuss potential risks to RMIT as you come across them so that we can all work together to successfully manage them. 

Outlined below are some other specialist areas which manage different types of risks within RMIT.

Building maintenance requests

If you notice a building maintenance issue, such as a spill, a fault with one of the lifts, or a bird in the building, please get in contact with Property Services.


You can raise concerns and complaints about RMIT's academic, administrative and support services. Policies are in place to ensure your complaint is resolved quickly and fairly.


Stopline is a whistle blower hotline where you can report any issue that may adversely affect RMIT, its people or its reputation. Click the link below for further information or to make a report.

Risk Management Team

The Central Risk Management Team is available to help you in identifying and managing current and potential risks to RMIT.

Report a health or safety risk (SafetyNow)

If you see something at RMIT that may lead to injury or illness of a person and/or damage to property or the environment, report it using the SafetyNow system.

Academic integrity

When you submit university work, it must be your own. Know the rules about preparing assessments and where to get support to get it right.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.