Working from Home

As members of the University community, we all have a responsibility to support each other and to contribute to a safe working environment in line with current health advice, whilst we endeavour to continue delivering services to our students and partners.

Whilst the University remains open for business as we continue to deliver our teaching, research, support, and administrative functions, where you can carry out your duties remotely or from home, and have the appropriate line management approvals in place, the University will support you to work remotely up to 40% of your employment fraction. When you carry out your duties from an on-campus location please note that all applicable COVID-19 management protocols in place at the time need to be complied with.

These arrangements enable flexibility for staff and high-quality on-campus experiences for our students and a safe and inclusive working environment for us all. For all flexible/remote working arrangements, you will need to have your line manager/supervisor’s approval and complete the required WHS forms. It is recommended that line managers/supervisors utilise the end date on the WHS52 form to set defined periods for these flexible work arrangements to ensure they are reviewed and discussed with their staff at regular intervals.

While working from home staff are reminded that they must still:

  • Remain contactable by, and follow the direction of, their line manager or supervisor
  • Continue to uphold and comply with all relevant University policies and procedures
  • Observe confidentiality of, and ensure the integrity and security of, information in both hard and soft copy. Security of information, data integrity and privacy in the home-based/remote worksite will need to mirror the University’s office-based policies
  • Take care to ensure their health and safety in their home during periods in which they are working. All WHS procedures which apply at the staff member’s usual place of work, shall, as far as practicable, apply in carrying out work at home.

If you have any questions about flexible working arrangements, please contact People Central.

Working From Home FAQs

Do I need to lodge any forms to work from home?

If you will be working from home for any amount of your working fraction you are required to complete the Working from Home Arrangement form (WHS52).  All working from home/remote working arrangements require the formal approval of your line manager/supervisor and must be recorded.

This is to ensure that the arrangement agreed with your line manager/supervisor has considered the implications for your position, and that of other staff, so that we can be reassured that you can carry out your work safely and productively. It is recommended that line managers/supervisors utilise the end date on the WHS52 form to set defined periods for these flexible work arrangements to ensure are reviewed and discussed with their staff at regular intervals and staff are receiving the appropriate support and regular contact with their line manager/supervisor and colleagues.

If your line manager/supervisor has approved you working temporarily from an interstate location, please ensure that the specific location you will be working from is recorded on your form.

Once you're setup, use the WHS29 - Home Workstation Self-Assessment (Appian form), designed to help staff work from home safely.

Does working from home include being able to work from interstate?

If you are able to still meet the expectations and requirements of your position and you have your line manager/supervisor’s approval that you can do so appropriately whilst still complying with all University requirements, this can be considered. However, you will need to ensure that you are able to attend campus as and when required, which could be at short notice.

Please record any interstate working arrangements on your Working from Home Arrangement form (WHS52), including specifying the approved location at which you will be working.

I’m not able to work from home due to the nature of my work or my personal circumstances. What should I do?

Due to the nature of their role and responsibilities, or their specific personal circumstances, it is not feasible or appropriate for some staff to work from home (or an alternative location) as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University is not requiring staff to work from home at this time. It is making it possible for staff who choose to do so and have their line manager/supervisor’s approval to arrange to work from home. The University remains open for business.

If you have any concerns in relation to your personal circumstances and your working arrangements, you can contact People Central for additional advice and support.

What University data considerations should I be mindful of when working from home?

While you are working from home, please maintain the security and privacy of the University’s data by ensuring that no one else in your household (or visitors to your household) can access or view University data at any time. There is information available here to help you keep UniSA data safe. If you have any questions or concerns in this regard, please contact the IT Help Desk.

Please remember that all University policies and procedures must be complied with whilst working remotely/from home.

The askIT - Work from home page also provides useful information on how to set up your workstation at home and to make sure your workspace is compliant with University Guidelines.

How can I change my contact details?

Staying safe and connected is also critical. So that we can stay in touch with staff and communicate with them when we need to, we are asking all staff to check and update their contact information through the My Details page from the staff portal as soon as practically possible.

It is important that you stay in touch with your line manager on a regular basis, both one to one and as a team.