These FAQs provide guidance to staff who are transitioning back to work on campus from 11 May 2020. All staff are expected to return to work on campus by 1 July 2020. Please see FAQS for more information.

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.

We are lifting the directive that all staff must work remotely. There will not be any further requirement to be designated essential on-campus staff.

Staff will start returning to work on campus from Monday 11 May 2020. This is in line with the graduated easing of restrictions across the country. 

If your role requires you to work on campus and you have been working remotely, you need to return to campus from Monday 11 May 2020. You should talk with your supervisor about returning to work on campus and ensuring a coordinated and safe return.

At this stage, if your work can be performed from home you may continue to work from home.

The National Cabinet has released a “Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia”. Details of the roadmap can be viewed here.

Source: Australian Government

Our recovery plan follows advice from the National Cabinet, the Universities Australia Principles and Protocols for reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission at Universities, and moves by state and territory governments to transition schools back to classroom-based learning and to slowly lift social and travel restrictions.

With the difference in restrictions in each state and territory, you are advised to check the guidelines issued by the premier or chief minister and follow the most up to date directions:

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.

No, only if your role requires you to work on campus. This applies to a limited number of staff. Your supervisor will speak to you about whether your role is required to return from 11 May 2020.

Yes. Please check the ‘What do I need to do before returning to campus?’ FAQ for details on how to prepare for your return.

From 11 May, ACU staff will transition from working remotely to working on campus, with ongoing monitoring to manage the impact.

Staff whose roles require them to be on campus will return from 11 May 2020, with a gradual return of more staff to campus as government recommendations allow. ACU has notified staff that all staff will return to and work on campus from 1 July 2020.

Your member of the executive – that is, pro vice-chancellors, executive deans, heads of school, and directors – and your supervisor are responsible for managing the graduated work on campus and for ensuring a safe work environment. They will advise you on the approach that will be taken in your area, such as limited days on campus per week or rostering of staff.

States and territory governments have eased restrictions to keep children at home and have plans to return to the classroom.

If you have school-aged children who are learning remotely during some or all of your work hours and you are concerned about your ability to undertake your work on campus and in some circumstances your work on campus may be required, please speak to your supervisor about your options. 

These options include working remotely, working flexible hours, taking annual leave or long service leave and, when these are exhausted, leave without pay.

From 11 May 2020, you should speak with your supervisor about your transition back to working on campus. You should discuss your situation, including:

  • whether your work can be performed remotely
  • your current and anticipated caring arrangements (e.g. for school aged children)
  • whether you are currently deployed to other tasks or another role
  • whether you are in a higher risk of COVID-19 (people aged 70 years and over, people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions, all people with compromised immune systems, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50 with chronic medical conditions).

If you are currently deployed to other tasks or another role, please discuss with your substantive supervisor how the changes affect you and when you can transition back to your substantive role. Not all work will resume immediately as the restrictions start to ease. Your substantive and current supervisors will also need to discuss the transition back to your substantive role.

If you are at higher risk of COVID-19 (people aged 70 years and over, people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions, all people with compromised immune systems, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50 with chronic medical conditions), you must not attend work on campus.

You should speak with your supervisor about your options. These include working remotely where possible or taking leave, or a combination. In many cases, staff may continue to work from home for their usual, reduced, or modified hours.

The university’s focus is to ensure that staff are in a safe working environment. The gradual transition to working on campus is in line with government advice and there are measures in place on campus to enforce physical distancing and provide appropriate hygiene.

All staff are expected to transition to a return to working from campus by 1 July 2020 . If you have personal circumstances affecting your ability to do so, please discuss this with your supervisor as alternative arrangements will need to be fully considered.

The university appreciates that there will be impacts on staff as we transition back to working on campus, including a rebalancing of work and other commitments, commuting, and other members of your household resuming work and education.

All staff are expected to transition to a return to working from campus, with  all staff back on campus by 1 July 2020.

If you have personal circumstances affecting your ability to work from the campus, please discuss this with your supervisor as alternative arrangements will need to be fully considered.

If you are unwell, you must not attend work on campus. You should apply for personal (sick) leave in the usual way. You may return to work on campus when you are well (based on medical advice).

If you need help setting up your workspace, please log a Service Central request at least two days before returning to work so that services can assist you. As the university’s approach is for a gradual return of staff to working on campus, it is anticipated that the required support is available with sufficient notice. Where there are delays due to an increased demand on IT services, this will be communicated with staff to arrange an alternate suitable time for assistance.

If you are returning to working from campus on a rostered basis, you will need to ensure that you have the appropriate equipment both on campus and working from home. You should speak with your supervisor if you have any concerns about this.

No, you will need your staff ID card only.

The university is moving to a gradual return of more staff to campus as government recommendations allow, following the advice of health authorities.

Staff must comply with government regulations while working on campus, including physical distancing and hygiene. Social or physical distancing guidelines recommend keeping at least 1.5m apart from other people. With the initial number of staff expected to be small, staff can maintain a greater distance within office spaces. It is important that you co-operate with your supervisor’s arrangements for your team and work area so that staff numbers can be managed appropriately.

Some services, thoroughfares and amenities on campus will be modified to provide maximum safety for staff and students. This includes reducing the maximum number of people in a lift.

Please check updated signage for information about hygiene and maintaining distance around lifts and usual meeting places.

In addition to our regular campus cleaning schedule, we are cleaning the campuses more frequently. This includes cleaning public, social, bathroom, kitchen, teaching and meeting spaces, as well as lift buttons and door handles across our campuses.

We are providing hand sanitiser at each campus, and recommend staff bring their own supply of sanitiser or wipes.

ACU encourages all staff and students to consider installing the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app on their phone. The app provides valuable secure information to health authorities to assist in tracing contact with any COVID-19 positive cases. Further information about the app can be found on the Department of Health website.

We will continue to monitor government announcements and update these measures accordingly. If you have any concerns about workplace safety, please raise these with your supervisor in the first instance.

Pre-allocated staff car parking in North Sydney and Melbourne will be re-activated and normal charges will recommence from Monday 18 May 2020.

Interim car parking arrangements that have been in place for essential on-campus staff will cease from Friday 15 May 2020. 

Other North Sydney and Melbourne staff may apply for an allocated car space (paid through salary deductions) in line with the ACU’s Car Parking Policy or access other pay-as-you go car parking options close to the campus (North Sydney and Melbourne).

Two Wilson car parks in North Sydney have a special offer for ACU staff until 30 June 2020 on the following two properties:

The Denison, Denison St, North Sydney; Ward St, 22 Ward St, North Sydney

Conditions: 

  • $15 per day if booked through Wilson Book-A-Bay 
  • Promo Code: ACU
  • Valid 9 May – 30 June 2020
  • Only The Denison and 22 Ward St Wilson Parking properties.
  • Entry between 5am and 9.30am, exit between 3pm and 7pm.

Melbourne staff who wish to park casually can access the Young St car park and use their ACU staff card to access the discounted daily rate when making payment.

Parking arrangements on or near the other campuses remains unchanged.

Public transport is still operating. State transport authorities have taken measures to reduce points of contact and to encourage physical distancing.

For further information about how each of these authorities are managing passenger safety, visit Public Transport Victoria, Transport NSW, TransLink (Brisbane), or ACT Transport.

Yes, if you would like to use allocated car parking, you will need to pay the fees. The fees were suspended during COVID because we needed to use your car parking for essential on-campus staff. A staff member can relinquish their car space allocation and suspend payment in line with the Staff Car Parking Policy.

Campuses are still open for students to access libraries. There are no plans for a full return of students to campus in Semester 1. Details about Semester 2 will be updated as information about restrictions is available.

Delayed Semester 1 lab classes will resume for Faculty of Health Sciences students. Practical and simulation classes are expected to gradually start again from Monday 18 May 2020.

Campus cafes have reopened. Payment is only contactless (no cash).

No. Staff must continue to comply with government regulations while working on campus, including physical distancing and hygiene. Staff gathering in kitchen areas, meeting or staff rooms must observe physical distancing.

This will be reviewed as government restrictions are eased.

Meeting rooms can be booked and staff must observe physical distancing. Most meetings over the next couple of months are more likely to be conducted by phone or Teams.

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