COVID-19 Leave and Employment FAQs

The University strongly encourages you to stay home if you test positive for COVID-19 until your acute symptoms have cleared (usually 5 to 7 days).

Continuing and fixed term staff are able to apply for leave via the myHR portal if they are unable to work from home due to their personal circumstances or the nature of their work.

The University will also support you to carry out your duties remotely, where appropriate and with the appropriate line management approvals in place, until you are fully recovered.

If you are unable to work from home due to the nature of your work or personal circumstances please follow SA Health recommendations, including wear a mask when indoors and avoiding high risk settings and non-essential gatherings. If you work in a high-risk setting such as a health, disability and aged care, please speak to your line manager/supervisor about when you will be able to return to work.

For casual staff members, please see the response to the FAQ 'As a casual staff member, what supports are available to me?’

Last updated:Friday 10 October 2022

If you are a close contact and 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 7 day time period recommended by SA Health.

If you are unable to work from home due to the nature of your work or personal circumstances please follow SA Health recommendations, including wear a mask when indoors and avoiding high risk settings and non-essential gatherings.

If you begin to feel unwell and are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 you should:

  1. not attend campus
  2. follow SA Health advice

For casual staff members, please see the response to the FAQ 'As a casual staff member, what supports are available to me?’

Last updated: Monday 13 February 2023

SA Health recommends that you should stay home until your until your acute symptoms have cleared (usually 5 to 7 days).

Last updated:Friday 10 October 2022

All absences should reported to your line manager/supervisor. 

If you are unable to attend work or to work from home due to the nature of your work or personal circumstances, your leave absences should also be recorded through the myHR portal.

Last updated: Monday 13 February 2023

We understand that some members of the University community feel anxious about the current COVID-19 pandemic and the University will prioritise working from home arrangements for staff members in high risk groups and those who are pregnant.

For other staff members who wish to stay home as a precaution, you should discuss how you’re feeling with your line manager/supervisor.  While the University will be facilitating working from home arrangements up to a maximum of 40% of a staff member’s employment fraction where practicable, such arrangements may not always be able to occur for all staff in the manner or way staff may seek for operational reasons.

It may be that you would benefit from support from our Employee Assistance Program, via Human Psychology. This free, confidential service is available to staff and their families and can be contacted on 1300 277 924.

Last updated:Friday 10 October 2022

Yes, your leave booking may be amended with the written approval of your line manager/supervisor.

If the leave has occurred in the past, or is in the current pay period, you will be unable to cancel the leave yourself. In this case, please ask your line manager/supervisor to contact People Central with their written approval for us to amend the leave booking. Please note, we are unable to amend a booking if you email us without line manager/supervisor approval.

If the leave is in the future, you can request to cancel the leave by accessing the booking in the myHR portal and clicking on the red 'X' button. After the leave cancellation has been approved by your line manager/supervisor, you can then resubmit through the portal as needed.

Please contact People Central if you require assistance in amending the leave booking.

Last updated:Friday 10 October 2022

The University recognises the impact that COVID-19 may have for casual staff members, given they are not entitled to paid leave entitlements. The University’s first preference will be to work with our casual staff members directly impacted by COVID-19 to explore whether work can be undertaken remotely in line with their contracted hours.

In the event that the projected hours of a casual staff member are unable to be performed due to:

    • Government directives or advice;
    • Operational decisions by the University to require staff to work remotely or to pause specific business activities; or
    • Other factors beyond the University’s control,

the University will consider whether it can provide alternative duties consistent with the work and hours outlined in the staff member’s casual contract or other arrangements as agreed with the staff member.

If this is not possible, and the casual staff member is unable to undertake their duties in a remote working arrangement, the staff member will be paid for time they have worked to date as approved by their time sheet approver up until the date the work ceased.

SA Health has a mental health support line you can contact on 1800 632 753 (available 7 days a week from 8.00am to 8.00pm) as well as a mental health fact sheet with supporting information on their website.

Last updated:Friday 10 October 2022

Please refer to the information in the FAQ ‘What should I do if I feel unwell and have symptoms consistent with COVID-19?’

Last updated:Friday 10 October 2022

 

You don’t need a medical certificate to enable you to return to work unless your line manager/supervisor requests one because it is relevant to your individual circumstances. The University recognises that due to the particular current circumstances relating to COVID-19 it may not be possible to provide a medical certificate.

If evidence of your circumstances is required and you are unable to provide a Medical Certificate, we may ask that you provide a Statutory Declaration.

Last updated:Friday 10 October 2022

Please refer to SA Health advice for the current requirements in cases of identified contact with a person infected with COVID. Your line manager/supervisor will work with you to identify what options may exist for alternative working arrangements for you. 

Continuing and fixed term staff may access paid Family Responsibility Leave (FRL) and personal/carer’s leave.  Where your FRL, personal leave/carer’s leave is exhausted, you may access any other accrued leave entitlement until that is exhausted.

Casual staff who are quarantining as a result of caring for a member of their household who has COVID-19, can access unpaid carer’s leave where they are caring for a member of their household in accordance with the University’s Enterprise Agreement.

Last updated: Monday 13 February 2023