Our sessional academic workforce is part of our core workforce and staff are committed to delivering quality teaching. The university makes a commitment to our sessional workforce through providing programmed work related to a teaching session.

Where the work no longer exists, for example because the university is closed, or the work at hospital, school or similar no longer exists, ACU will continue to pay sessional academic staff for their programmed work for the current teaching session. Programmed work means an employment contract is in place and it outlines the work to be undertaken, when and where, and includes lecturing, tutoring, clinical nurse (practicum), and practice teaching supervision.

Sessional academic staff may also be asked to contribute to other relevant and applicable work activities, as the university transitions to modes of online delivery.

If a sessional academic staff member is unable to work from home because they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have an influenza-like illness, the university will continue to pay for their programmed work for the current teaching session.

The sessional academic staff member should talk with the lecturer-in-charge, complete a reporting form for staff, and notify Service Central of the sick leave details. This must be supported by a medical certificate from a registered health practitioner.

If a sessional staff member has programmed work for the current teaching session and elects not to attend or perform the work, ACU will not continue to pay them.

Where work no longer exists for sessional staff, from semester 2, variations or cessations will be dealt with in line with the enterprise agreement.

ACU College and the Centre for Languages are continuing to offer many courses. However, where ACU decides to withdraw short courses which have already been offered, and the associated work no longer exists, ACU will pay sessional teaching staff for the scheduled work associated with that short course.

Please see the section about sessional staff above for further details.

If you have questions or concerns which have not been addressed to date, please raise these with your supervisor for escalation to the relevant dean or director.

Any staff member or student who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection must follow health guidelines and directions from health professionals. ACU will require evidence that you have been assessed by your treating health professionals as no longer infectious.

Health authorities advise that people with confirmed COVID-19 infection are required to stay in isolation under the care of medical specialists until they are no longer experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

Before being released from isolation, a person who had a confirmed COVID-19 infection must have tests to determine whether they have recovered and are no longer infectious. Once they are discharged, they will have a follow up assessment by the medical team to make sure they remain well.

ACU is providing staff a combination of vaccination clinics facilitated by Vitality Works on campus and vouchers that can be redeemed at hundreds of chemists/pharmacies across Australia. The vaccination vouchers will be available from early to mid-April and clinics will be scheduled on our main campuses during the last two weeks of May.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a government-funded flu vaccination. More information is available here.

This year, ACU is also offering to reimburse staff who purchase an influenza vaccine through their preferred provider e.g. their GP. The reimbursement is capped at $22 per staff member.

There is currently no vaccination against COVID-19.However, the annual flu vaccination reduces the severity and risk of contracting influenza, which could make you more susceptible to COVID-19. 

On-campus clinic waiting areas will be set up to observe social-distancing requirements.

If you are working remotely, you can register for a vaccination voucher or clinic, on your local campus.

To apply for reimbursement for an influenza vaccine you purchase through your preferred provider, please complete the form called Staff Flu Vaccine Reimbursement Form on ACU’s Finance Forms site here. Once you have your supervisor’s approval, please send the completed form to HR (hr@acu.edu.au) for approval and processing by Accounts Payable.

Further details about the program are on the staff site.

The university has developed protocols on the running of, and attendance at, events and meetings scheduled by ACU, on and off campus, in line with the university’s directive and protocols for management of the spread of COVID-19. The protocols can be found here (PDF).

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