COVID Reporting: Staff Requirements

To support our commitment to maintaining the health, safety and wellbeing of our University community, it is essential staff are aware of the requirements with regard to reporting COVID-19 related absences.

Please note, COVID-19 positive staff should not return to campus until they have completed the isolation period advised by SA Health.

Where they can carry out their duties remotely or from home, have the appropriate line management approvals in place, and should they choose to do so, they will still have the flexibility to work remotely. For further information please refer to the information on Working from Home.

We appreciate that these situations may be concerning for you. Information on the mental health and wellbeing support available to you can be found via this link and if you have any questions please contact the People Central team

Reporting Protocol

A Protocol for Reporting and Management of Staff impacted by COVID-19(315 KB) has been developed, which outlines the University’s principles and approach to supporting our staff, including confirmed cases of staff contracting the virus.  

If any of the scenarios below apply to you or a staff member who reports directly to you, please follow the directions outlined in this Protocol :

  1. A staff member is displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  2. Staff who have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  3. A staff member is confirmed as having contracted COVID-19.
  4. Staff travelling/returning from overseas or interstate who are required to self-isolate.

COVID-19 Positive cases

If you or a staff member who reports directly to you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) you or the staff member must self-isolate immediately.

The following details should be emailed to as soon as possible:

  • The staff member’s name and position title
  • The date they received confirmation of a positive result for COVID-19
  • The last day the staff member was in contact with people on campus or related to UniSA work or study
  • If the staff member will be working from home with their line manager, taking leave or a combination of both over their isolation period.

You or your line manager/ supervisor should also notify anyone you have had contact with on campus or in relation to UniSA work or study who may be a close contact.

Close contacts

If you are able to carry out your duties remotely with the appropriate line management approvals in place, the University will support you to work from home for the required 7 day testing period.

If you are unable to work from home due to the nature of your work or personal circumstances please follow SA Health guidelines, including wear a mask at all times outside of the home and avoiding high risk settings and non-essential gatherings. If appropriate, you are also able to apply for leave over this time, as discussed with and approved by your line manager/supervisor.

If you begin to feel unwell and are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, chills and body aches or muscle pain, sore throat, runny nose), even if they are very mild, you should: