Normally, no. A staff member may access up to five (5) days per calendar year (January to December) of time release to participate in approved community engagement activities that satisfy the parameters in this policy and ‘where it occurs during the staff member’s normal working hours’.
There may be a case for requesting special exemption in an instance where the community engagement activity is with an established ACU partner organisation and only occurs at a specific time outside of work hours and participation directly impacts your ability to work during office hours. (E.g. Catholic Care Connections Week project which occurred from 5am-9am and 8pm-12am over the course of one working week; for OHS reasons it was not possible for staff to participate in this activity and attend their normal full workday). Any special requests should be submitted to the staff member’s supervisor, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement, for appropriate consideration and approval.