The university’s return to campus plan involved staff returning to work on campus from 1 July 2020 except for staff in Victoria who will continue to work from home until further notice.
Staff in Melbourne and Ballarat who are required to attend campus where it is necessary for practical and clinical, and permitted under the current restrictions, may continue to do so, observing any curfews in place when travelling to and from the Melbourne campus. Staff in Melbourne who are identified as Permitted Workers on-campus will be required to attend on-campus to perform vital functions and services and will be issued a Permit.
These arrangements will remain in place until otherwise advised. We are closely monitoring each development and will revise our return-to-campus plan should the Victorian Government change restrictions.
ACU is an on-campus university, committed to providing the experience and community qualities valued by both students and staff. The university and its core programs require positions to have an onsite presence. Many roles are student or client facing and are designed for on-campus/onsite service delivery as outlined in your position description and/or employment contract.
The university is aware, however, that in undertaking a comprehensive range of actions to create a safe working and learning environment, it cannot completely control or avoid the COVID-19 hazard and potential exposure for individuals. For this reason, staff need to consider whether some or all of your duties can be performed as work from home. This will be considered by nominated supervisors in consultation with the Member of the Executive, in line with the university’s Flexible Working Arrangements policy.
As an initial action you are encouraged to speak with your supervisor about a flexible working arrangement and work through your submission of a Flexible Work Arrangement Request in Service Central. Your nominated supervisor, together with the Member of the Executive who is the approver, will determine whether working from home is reasonably practicable, for all or part of your role. This consideration is of a range of matters including your individual circumstances, work activities, service delivery, safety while working at home and associated costs of working from home arrangements.
If you have personal circumstances affecting your ability to return to working on campus, you will need to discuss with your supervisor and any alternative arrangements will need to be fully considered. This includes a discussion about whether you can perform some or all of your duties from home.
Options that may be considered for staff not returning to work on campus by the required date due to exceptional circumstances include:
- putting in place a temporary flexible working arrangement to allow you to continue to work remotely with an agreed date to return to work on campus
- taking annual leave and/or long service leave, and where leave is exhausted, leave without pay.