Your Employment and Leave

UniSA is committed to minimising the impact of the current pandemic on its staff wherever it is feasible for us to do so. We appreciate the uncertainty staff may be experiencing and are keen to provide clarity about the support available from the University.    

Alternative working arrangements

As part of UniSA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we developed a set of principles to inform decision making about appropriate alternative working arrangements for staff. The principles can be found here.   

Employment Principles 

The COVID-19 Key Employment Principles (PDF 865kb) have also been developed to provide clarity for staff on how we will manage employment considerations, such as fixed term employment and leave in the event a staff member needs to self-isolate, is quarantined or contracts the virus.

These principles will be reviewed and evolve as we continue to navigate the current situation.  Where appropriate, we have signalled specific review dates for principles and activities but if there is anything that is not clear here or you would appreciate additional information, please email


The University has introduced an exceptional special leave with as a once only discretionary benefit to support all of our staff who are impacted by COVID-19 in the following circumstances.

For continuing or fixed term staff required to self-isolate due to COVID-19 and who are not able to carry out their duties working from home during this time, exceptional special leave with pay will be provided to cover up to 14 calendar days for the self-isolation period.  In the event a staff member is confirmed as having COVID-19 during the self-isolation period, they will be required to access their personal leave or other accrued leave entitlements in the event their personal leave is exhausted.  Part time staff members will be paid exceptional special leave in these circumstance for the ordinary hours they would have worked in that 14 calendar day period.  

For casual staff the University recognises the impact that COVID-19 may have on them during a period of uncertainty and the financial impact this may have given they are not entitled to a number of paid leave entitlements.  For more information regarding this entitlement, please go to the staff FAQ “As a casual staff member, what support is available to me?”