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.