unisa logo

The University is following all guidelines related to the prevention of spread of COVID-19 as outlined by the Department of HealthSA Health and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.  All these agencies provide information regarding prevention of the spread of this virus.  

The University has been actively working with the help of the UniSA Medical Clinic to not only support the health of our University community, but also increase awareness of ways to prevent the spread of transmissible respiratory illnesses. We encourage all members of the University community to practise good hand hygiene and sneeze/cough hygiene, as this is the best defence against most viruses. This includes hand washing, using hand sanitiser and covering any coughs and sneezes and disposing of tissues in appropriate waste collection containers. 

The Department of Health has issued advice about wearing face masks. There are also a number of resources on the Department of Health’s website including this general fact sheet.

On 24 April 2020, National Cabinet agreed to the National COVID-19 Safe Workplace Principles. In accordance with these Principles, nationally-consistent work health and safety guidance on COVID-19 is being provided by Safe Work Australia, accessible to Australian workplaces to assist with managing health and safety risks posed by COVID-19.

By following the guidelines related to preventing the spread of COVID-19 we are making every effort to minimise the spread of COVID-19, so that UniSA is as safe as possible an environment in which to study and work.

1. Health Advice

  • What is COVID-19? minus-thick plus-thick

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause respiratory infections. They can range from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). This new disease caused by the virus is named COVID-19.

    Information about COVID-19, its symptoms and preventative measures that can be taken are available on SA Health’s website.

  • What are the symptoms? minus-thick plus-thick

    Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.

    People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:

    • fever
    • respiratory symptoms
      • coughing
      • sore throat
      • shortness of breath

    Other symptoms can include runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

    To stop the spread of COVID-19 people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should get tested.

    If you are concerned you may have COVID-19:

    While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying these symptoms are likely to be suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness – not COVID-19.

  • What should I do if I feel unwell or develop any symptoms? minus-thick plus-thick

    If you feel unwell, even with only very mild 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):

    • stay at home and isolate
    • do not go to public places or attend work, schools, or universities.

    If you are severely unwell, such as having difficulty breathing, call 000 (Triple Zero).

    If you are concerned you may have COVID-19:

    If you have recently returned from overseas or interstate, or been in direct contact with a person who has COVID-19 and you suspect you have COVID-19, contact a COVID-19 clinic or testing centre for further information.

    If you have a chronic medical condition or a compromised immune system you may also wish to consult your GP or the UniSA Health Medical Clinic to determine whether you should return to work.

    Help stop the spread in SA – follow SA Health advice and download the COVIDSafe app

  • What does self-isolate mean? minus-thick plus-thick

    To prevent the spread of COVID-19, you may be required to self-isolate or self-quarantine for 14 days.

    You will be required to self-isolate for 14 days if:

    • you have arrived in South Australia from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, or Victoria
    • you have arrived in South Australia from overseas
    • you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
    • you have tested positive for COVID-19.

    During the 14 days you must stay at home (or your hotel room if you have arrived from overseas) and not leave unless you need to seek urgent medical care.

    For full details on self-isolation read the following advice from SA Health: Self-isolation and quarantine advice

  • Is there any accommodation support available if I need to self-isolate and am unable to do so at home? minus-thick plus-thick

    The Government of South Australia has set up the COVID-19 Relief Call Centre that provides information and assistance with accommodation support for people who are required to quarantine but are unable to do so at home.  

    To apply for this accommodation support, contact the COVID-19 Relief Call Centre immediately upon arrival in Adelaide on 1300 705 336. The staff member will then undertake a quick assessment of your personal circumstances over the telephone. If you are eligible, they will arrange for you fully-funded accommodation in order to self-quarantine for the required period (Note: food and internet are not provided).

    Please note that you must be in South Australia to be assessed for this accommodation support. If you are making your enquiry from interstate you can email housingrelief@sa.gov.au for further details.

  • What is social distancing (or physical distancing)? minus-thick plus-thick

    One way to slow the spread of viruses, such as coronavirus, is physical distancing.

    The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

    As states and territories ease restrictions, it is important everyone continues to stay 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible.

    Physical distancing in public means people should:

    • maintain a minimum physical distance of 1.5 metres, and when you're in an enclosed space have no more than one person per 2-square metres
    • avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
    • pay using tap-and-go instead of cash
    • travel at quiet times and avoid crowds
    • avoid public gatherings and at-risk groups like older people.
  • What is good hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19? minus-thick plus-thick

    1. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough

    • The virus can travel through the air when a person coughs or sneezes. When you cough or sneeze you should turn away from other people, coughing and sneezing into your arm, not your hands, where possible, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water, or sanitise with alcohol-based hand gel as soon as possible afterwards.
    • Where possible, use disposable tissues rather than a handkerchief.

    2. Wash your hands

    • Washing your hands regularly with soap or with alcohol-based hand gel is the single most effective way of killing the flu virus. Alcohol based hand products are an alternative to soap and water.

    3. Don’t share personal items

    • The virus can spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it and then touches their face.
    • At work, think about what shared facilities you are using and whether that means you need to wash your hands more frequently.

    4. Clean surfaces

    • Viruses can live on surfaces for a number of hours. You should regularly clean surfaces such as tables, benches and fridge doors with soap and water or detergent. Regularly cleaning your workstation will help with optimum hygiene.

    5. Avoid close contact with others

    • Keeping your distance from others (at least 1.5 metres apart) will help reduce the chances of spreading the virus to other people. Meetings should only be held face to face where appropriate and effective social distancing can be achieved.
    • Avoid going out in public when you are unwell. If you have the flu, you should remain at home. You should not attend work or other public gatherings and avoid taking public transport if you can, or alter the times that you travel.
  • Should I wear a face mask? minus-thick plus-thick

    Please refer to this Department of Health factsheet for current advice about wearing masks.

  • I have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or know another staff member who has – what should I do? minus-thick plus-thick

    The University has developed a set of protocols and an approach for managing the appropriate response to staff who are impacted by COVID-19, including confirmed cases of staff contracting the virus. In the first instance staff should notify their line manager/supervisor or People, Talent and Culture (PTC) team. They must self-isolate and follow the advice of their treating medical practitioner.  The line manager/supervisor or PTC representative will notify ptc@unisa.edu.au and PTC will ensure the appropriate advice and support is provided to the staff member concerned and that additional actions and reporting required are completed, working in collaboration with the health agencies as appropriate.

    Please visit the SA Health page for additional information about a positive result for COVID-19

  • When should a staff member or student be sent home if they report potential exposure to a confirmed case of COVID? minus-thick plus-thick

    A staff member or student must be sent home if they have:

    • been contacted by SA Health advising they have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19
    • symptoms of a respiratory illness. In this case the staff member or student should be advised to seek medical advice as soon as possible. If they are advised to get tested and the result is positive, they must follow medical advice and not return to work or study until certified by a doctor as medically fit.

    Staff and students are asked to notify the University via ptc@unisa.edu.au for staff members or pvc-see@unisa.edu.au for students if they have a positive COVID-19 test result so that appropriate services can be offered to assist them during self-isolation.  Health information will be kept confidential in accordance with relevant University policies and procedures.

    In all cases staff and students should observe the 1.5 metre social distancing rule, follow recommended hygiene practices, including hand washing and/or use of hand sanitiser and it is strongly recommended that staff and students download the COVID app so they can be easily contacted in the event they may have been exposed to  a confirmed case.

  • What should a staff member or student do if they receive a negative result for a COVID-19 test? minus-thick plus-thick

    If a staff member or a student receives a negative result for a COVID-19 test, they have no respiratory symptoms, and they have not been advised by SA Health that they need to continue to self-isolate, they can return to work or studies on campus. However, if they continue to have symptoms of a respiratory illness (e.g. cough or cold) they should stay at home until their symptoms have resolved and then return to work or study as usual. In the event their symptoms don’t resolve (or worsen) they should seek medical advice. If they have been advised by SA Health to continue to self-isolate, they should stay at home until the self-isolation period concludes and they have met any conditions required by SA Health, and then return to work or study as usual.

  • What should a staff member or student do if they believe they may have been in contact with someone who could have been exposed or could potentially be positive for COVID-19? minus-thick plus-thick

    A staff member or student should be advised to contact SA Health directly and seek specific medical advice for their particular circumstances and then follow that advice. Staff and students are asked to notify the University via ptc@unisa.edu.au for staff members or pvc-see@unisa.edu.au for students if they are required to be tested for COVID-19 and remain in self-isolation until they are advised of the test result.  (Refer to Q 1 if the test is positive).  

    In all cases staff and students should observe the 1.5 metre social distancing rule, follow recommended hygiene practices, including hand washing and/or use of hand sanitiser and it is strongly recommended that staff and students download the COVID app so they can be easily contacted in the event they may have been exposed to  a confirmed case.

  • Does a student need a medical certificate in order to come to campus after self-isolation? minus-thick plus-thick

    No, not to return to study following a period of self-isolation. Some students may require specific medical-related documents for placement purposes (e.g. in hospitals, health services, residential aged care, schools and childcare centres and other industries).   For these students, the University is working with staff at the UniSA Medical Clinic who will provide a consultation with a GP to prepare documentation.   In the first instance, please ask students to call the Clinic on 1300 172 996 for this consultation.

  • I am unwell, but I am not displaying the symptoms of COVID-19. minus-thick plus-thick

    In the event a staff member is unwell, they should take Personal Leave as they ordinarily would and report their absence to their line manager/supervisor and record their absence through myUNISA. They should not return to the work until they are fully recovered.

    Please note that symptoms associated with COVID-19 are diverse, so don’t assume that your symptoms are not COVID-19. Refer to the FAQ: What should I do if I feel unwell or develop any symptoms?

    If you are one of our casual staff members, please see the response to the question “As a casual staff member, what supports are available to me?”

  • I am a first aid officer, should I still carry out this duty? minus-thick plus-thick

    In the absence of relevant symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) respond as usual to any first aid incidents. Please visit the Federal Government’s Department of Health site for the latest guidance.

  • What mental health and wellbeing support is available? minus-thick plus-thick

    As the University manages the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we are doing everything we can to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and wider community remains the highest priority.

    To support the wellbeing of our people, we have a wide range of information, resources, training modules and tools available for you to access through the People, Talent and Culture website.

    SA Health also 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 more information on their website.

2. Impact on University Operations

  • Is the University still open? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes, UniSA is open, subject to some changes to teaching delivery, facility accessibility and University services that are in place to minimise the risk and spread of COVID-19.

    The University has released a Pandemic Response Framework which includes a timeline of how we will safely phase all teaching, operations and working arrangements back to on-campus delivery.

    Lectures will remain online for the remainder of 2020. Tutorials will be delivered on campus from Monday 15 June 2020, with appropriate distancing and safety protocols in place.

    Studios, workshops and practicals will be delivered on campus from Monday 15 June 2020 with appropriate social distancing and safety protocols in place. 

    From Monday 29 June the maximum persons allowed in a group, class will be determined by 1 person per 2m square. The maximum number will be determined by the size of the room available using this guide.

    Students may also continue with their external placements where the external provider agrees to continuation of the placement and where the student can continue with their placement requirements.

    The University is constantly monitoring the Australian Government’s directions and will continue to adhere to Federal and State advice on what control measures are required.

    The University will always consider the health, safety and wellbeing of our community when decisions are being made about our services and operations. Any changes as a result of COVID-19 will also be communicated promptly to staff, with advance notice wherever possible.

  • Are there any changes to the academic year in response to COVID-19? minus-thick plus-thick

    UniSA’s academic year commenced as planned and we have welcomed more than 9,000 commencing students from 75 countries to the University.

    As the academic year progress, we are making some key decisions around teaching delivery, assessment and examinations, grading and intake dates to align with government health advice and ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the entire UniSA community.

    We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and communicate updated information promptly to all staff and students, with advance notice wherever possible.

  • Which classes and activities are on campus and which are online? minus-thick plus-thick

    The UniSA Pandemic Response Framework outlines which activities are online and which are on campus at which stage.

    Lectures will remain online for the remainder of 2020. 

    Tutorials, studios, workshops and practicals are being delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and safety protocols in place. 

    The Recovery Roadmap limits on group size refers to gatherings on campus, not to teaching. The maximum persons allowed in a group or class will be determined by the size of the space (using 1 person per 2 square metres from the State health guidelines) and furniture and equipment configuration to ensure 1.5m between those participating in the class.

    Students may continue with their external placements where the external provider agrees to continuation of the placement and where the student can continue with their placement requirements.

    The University is constantly monitoring the Australian Government’s directions and will continue to adhere to Federal and State advice on what control measures are required.

    The University will always consider the health, safety and wellbeing of our community when decisions are being made about our services and operations. Any changes as a result of COVID-19 will also be communicated promptly to students and staff, with advance notice wherever possible.

  • What is happening with the Study Period 5 2020 intake timing? minus-thick plus-thick

    All current start dates for the second half of 2020 remain as published. Study Period 5 will commence on Monday 20 July 2020 for most students (students studying Law and Business will commence Monday 3 August 2020). UniSA Online start dates are also unchanged.

  • What is happening with graduations? minus-thick plus-thick

    For more information on changes to graduations, please refer to the ‘Graduations’ section in the student FAQs.

  • As I move my teaching online, how can TIU support me? minus-thick plus-thick

    TIU has several resources and supports in place to assist staff move their teaching online. Visit the TIU webpage for more information on workshops and individual consults or visit the dedicated FAQ page for answers to the most common queries.

     

  • Other jurisdictions are placing limits on public indoor gatherings and meetings – are we? minus-thick plus-thick

    All University public events are deferred until further notice.

    All staff must also follow the University’s social distancing protocol when holding any essential meetings on campus which requires a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and other people where possible.

  • Research grants minus-thick plus-thick

    For queries regarding research grants, please contact grant.management@unisa.edu.au. The Research and Innovation Services Team have expanded the number of people managing these enquiries. They will communicate regularly with the ARC and NHMRC, and work through enquiries for all categories of research funding and update FAQs to help researchers manage these important partnerships. We will similarly be working with our research leaders to advance appropriate contingencies for research activities and HDR students. 

  • Is the UniSA library still open? minus-thick plus-thick

    UniSA Library facilities currently remain open and accessible. Study areas and small meeting rooms in campus libraries will be set up to ensure social distancing. Signage is provided to remind students of good social distancing practices. Students are asked to always observe the adjusted seating capacity of the bookable group study and meeting rooms.

  • Is UniSA sport still running? minus-thick plus-thick

    In line with UniSA’s Pandemic Response Framework, the University’s indoor sport and fitness facilities will begin to progressively re-open (at times with required limits in place).

    For more information, please visit the UniSA Sport website or follow us on Facebook.

  • What UniSA sports and recreation facilities are open? minus-thick plus-thick

    In line with UniSA’s Pandemic Response Framework, the University’s indoor sport and fitness facilities will begin to progressively re-open (at times with required limits in place). For more information, please visit the UniSA Sport website or follow us on Facebook.

  • What on-campus food outlets are open? minus-thick plus-thick

    University food outlets are progressively re-opening in line with state government protocols. Please see the Food and Beverage Providers page for more information.

  • How can I continue to safely conduct my research activities? minus-thick plus-thick

    Research and fieldwork may continue, with the appropriate permissions and safety protocols in place.

    Until 12 June, research that cannot be done remotely may be conducted on campus, with the permission of the relevant Dean or Director of Research, using the approved preparedness framework.

    From 15 June, most research may be undertaken on campus, in line with distancing and safety protocols.

    Any research that requires human contact can only be undertaken with permission from the relevant Dean or Director of Research, until the end of 2020.

    Researchers who are currently working remotely, and who must access campus research facilities to continue their work can do so if:

    1. WHS controls—including social distancing—are met, as well as any technical or supervisory requirements; and
    2. an up to date researcher preparedness framework has been completed and returned to the relevant Dean/Director Research.

    Social distancing protocols must be strictly met by all researchers, as well as all other WHS requirements, including use of the UniSA Safezone app with location enabled. 

  • Now that the government has announced they are starting to ease restrictions over the coming weeks, when will the University return to face to face activities on campus? minus-thick plus-thick

    As you know, our campuses have remained accessible to students and our learning centres and computer facilities are being well used. We have also recently indicated that where possible, labs, practicals, studios and workshops can be undertaken face to face with appropriate physical distancing arrangements and over the coming weeks we expect these activities to increase.

    The  health and well-being of our staff and students are of paramount concern to us as we look to adopt the latest national and local health advice about returning to a COVIDSafe workplace. The complex transition to working and learning remotely required significant planning and logistical management to deliver successfully and we are all very mindful of the potential for a second wave of infection and must take all reasonable precautions to guard against that possibility. In order to appropriately plan and risk assess UniSA’s staged transition back to on-campus activities, we have published a roadmap for this next transition.

  • Can I still use the end of trip facilities when I ride to work? minus-thick plus-thick

    You can still use secure storage areas to secure your bike. Please ensure you continue to abide by the 1.5 metre social distancing guidelines while doing this. Change room facilities are currently closed based on specific advice received from SA Health. Further advice will be issued when these can be reopened.

  • Can I still use the lifts? minus-thick plus-thick

    Lifts within buildings will continue to remain in operation. The government has excluded lifts from the 2 square metre social distancing protocol.

  • Is the Campus Connector bus service operating? minus-thick plus-thick

    As a result of the COVID-19 impacts on the University, we regretfully advise the Campus Connector free shuttle service, which operated during Study Period 2 and Study Period 5 between Magill and Mawson Lakes campuses, will cease to operate for the foreseeable future. For transport options, please visit the Adelaide Metro website

     

3. Travel Advice

  • What travel ban restrictions are in place? minus-thick plus-thick

    The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has placed restrictions on intrastate, interstate and international travel.

    All international travel on University business and/or study tours is suspended until further notice.

    For existing travel bookings which have not yet commenced (and were previously booked through the University), the University’s Travel Team will work with affected travellers to cancel flights and accommodation.

    However, it is noted that on Wednesday 18 March 2020, the Federal Government urged all Australians who are currently overseas to return to Australia. They also raised the national travel level from ‘do not travel’ to ‘travel ban’ on Wednesday 18 March 2020.

    In line with UniSA’s Pandemic Response Framework, the University will consider work-related regional travel from Monday 18 May 2020. From Monday 15 June 2020, required essential work-related interstate travel may be approved, and requests for approval of essential interstate travel will be reviewed in line with State border restrictions.

    For all support around travel-related issues for travel booked via the UniSA Travel Team, contact 08 8302 6430 or e-mail travelteam@unisa.edu.au.

    For all current travel restrictions applicable to South Australia, refer to SA Governments COVID-19 website.

  • I have been booked to attend a conference later in the year, should I still go? minus-thick plus-thick

    In line with the University’s travel announcement, and the Federal Government’s travel ban put in place on Wednesday 18 March 2020, all international travel on University business and/or study tours is suspended until further notice.  

    For existing travel bookings which have not yet commenced (and were previously booked through the University), the University’s Travel Team will work with affected travellers to cancel flights and accommodation.

    In line with UniSA’s Pandemic Response Framework, the University will consider work-related regional travel from Monday 18 May 2020. From Monday 15 June 2020, required essential work-related interstate travel may be approved, and requests for approval of essential interstate travel will be reviewed in line with State border restrictions.

    As this is an ever-evolving pandemic and restrictions are assessed and eased it is advised that you continue to monitor travel restrictions set by the University, as well as the Federal and State Government.

    For all support around travel-related issues for travel booked via the UniSA Travel Team, contact 08 8302 6430 or e-mail travelteam@unisa.edu.au.

  • A visiting scholar is scheduled to arrive in Australia later in the year. Do I need to cancel their visit? minus-thick plus-thick

    The University will continue to follow and align with the Australian Government’s direction.  At this stage we are working to support current travel and border restrictions.  A decision will need to be made based on the Government’s advice closer to the visiting scholar’s arrival date.  It is recommended that you remain in contact with them regularly and ensure they are aware of and monitoring the Australian Government’s provisions about travel into Australia from overseas.

  • What assistance is UniSA planning to provide to international students to help them return to Australia during this travel restricted period? minus-thick plus-thick

    A pilot proposal to welcome our returning students back to campus is currently under discussion with the State and Federal authorities. Once details are determined that ensure the health and safety of our students and wider community, we will advise the University community and communicate directly with students impacted.

  • Can I travel from Interstate to South Australia? minus-thick plus-thick

    As part of state control measures, the Government has imposed some border restrictions for anyone travelling into and out of South Australia. To find out more and what registrations may be required to complete, visit the SA Government Travel restrictions webpage.

  • What is an Essential Traveller? minus-thick plus-thick

    If you wish to travel and consider your trip essential for work purposes, please be aware of the following process.

    As per the directive from the Vice Chancellor, all travel requests are required to go through an essential travel assessment prior to ticketing. The following steps are required to be undertaken:

    1. Discuss your travel requirement with your Line Manager/Supervisor to ensure the proposed travel is classed as essential;
    2. If so, complete a BTR (Business Travel Request) with your travel requirements, and;
    3. Once the BTR is submitted, complete remaining information relevant to your requirements and submit to the Travel Team member looking after your request.

    Once the completed essential travel questionnaire is received, additional endorsement is sought from ELT and the Travel Team member will keep you informed as to the status of your request.

    The University also has some work travel restrictions in place depending on location in line with state and federal government advice. To find out more, visit our Recovery Roadmap webpage.

    For personal travel, the SA Government has set out what they define as an ‘Essential Traveller’ – please refer to the schedules linked at the bottom of their Travel restrictions webpage for more information regarding this, as well as the South Australia Police website for advice around cross-border travel.

4. Working Flexibly

  • What is the University’s plans for the safe return to working on campus? minus-thick plus-thick

    As Federal and State COVID-19 restrictions being to ease, the University has released a recovery plan which outlines how we will safely phase all teaching, operations and working arrangements back to on-campus delivery.

    To find out more about the University’s plan, including the phased approach and timelines, guiding principles and FAQs, please visit the Recovery Roadmap webpage.

  • What facilities are available to staff when working from home? minus-thick plus-thick

    Staff are able to take their University issued laptop or PC and necessary accessories to their home as part of an approved working from home plan. Staff who do not have a laptop may obtain permission from the senior manager in their academic or central unit to take their hard drive and associated equipment home if necessary.  ISTS will be providing their usual IT help desk services. In the event IT services or the equipment needs IT support, the staff member will need to bring the equipment back on campus to access ISTS support.

    Relevant information about working from home, the necessary WHS forms and information on wellbeing and other resources about working remotely are available on the People, Talent and Culture page.

    While you are working from home, please also 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. There is information available here to help you keep UniSA data safe. If you have any questions of concern in this regard, please contact the IT Help Desk.

  • I’m a staff member who may need to work from home. How do I prepare? minus-thick plus-thick

    Staff who are going to be working from home must completed the  COVID-19 Pandemic - Working from Home Arrangement (Appian form) reflecting the conversations they have had with their line managers and what alternative arrangements have been agreed and support or resources provided. We then strongly encourage you to use this Working Remotely Checklist (pdf723kb) to ask yourself some key questions before you leave the office or work location. Once you're home use this WHS29 - Home Workstation Self-Assessment (Appian form) that is designed to help staff work from home in a safe manner.  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 follow 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 worksite will need to mirror the University’s office-based policies;
    • Abide by the University’s ISTS policies and procedures
    • 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 members usual place of work, shall, as far as practicable, apply in carrying out work at home.

    Remember, equipment belonging to the University and for use by the employee at the home-based worksite is only to be used by staff members for the purposes of undertaking University related work. 

    In some circumstances staff members may utilise their own device while approved to be working from home. In this instance, staff members are still expected to adhere to the University’s ISTS policies and procedures.

    While you are working from home, please also 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. There is information available here to help you keep UniSA data safe. If you have any questions of concern in this regard, please contact the IT Help Desk.

    If you are approved to work from home, you are still covered by the University’s workers compensation obligations while performing University work.

    The University has developed a suite of tools for staff and their line managers and supervisors to support effective and productive remote or lone working in support of staff wellbeing and performance.  This resource will also provide information to staff including:

    • Authorisation to work from home;
    • A checklist of what equipment staff should take home; and
    • Setting up workstations ergonomically.

    The University also has a wide range of wellbeing information, resources, training modules and tools available through the People, Talent and Culture website.

    Additionally, 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 more information on their website.

    If a staff member needs to attend campus at any stage, they must check-in their attendance through the UniSA Safezone app. You can do this through the ‘check-in’ button on the app homepage (which can also be set to ‘automatic’ under the settings tab). This will allow our security staff to concentrate their patrols. Access to campus buildings will now be via swipe card access and security officers will be able to assist with access to other buildings and spaces if required.

    Please note if a staff member does need to come on campus for any reason, any non-essential gatherings are restricted to no more than two people (1.5 metres apart) at any one time.

  • What University data sensitivities should I be mindful of when working from home? minus-thick plus-thick

    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. There is information available here to help you keep UniSA data safe. If you have any questions of concern in this regard, please contact the IT Help Desk.

     

  • What can I claim for tax deductions while working from home? minus-thick plus-thick

    The ATO has provided advice on expenses you may incur if you are working from home and the ways you can claim them. You can access that information on the ATO website.

5. Leave and other employment matters

We have developed a set of COVID-19 Key Employment principles that will guide our thinking as we continue to monitor the current situation and ensure we are responding appropriately.  Our aim is to assist staff by providing clarity and certainty where we can on how we will manage a number of key activities going forward, that will enable us to maximise our efforts to keep staff engaged and working productively whilst contributing to minimising the spread of the virus.  These principles will be reviewed and evolve as we continue to navigate the current situation.

  • Exceptional Special Leave with Pay minus-thick plus-thick

    The University has introduced an exceptional special leave with pay provision 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 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 “As a casual staff member, what support is available to me?”

     

  • Leave and Other Arrangements minus-thick plus-thick

    The following table outlines paid and unpaid leave arrangements available to staff in accordance with the University’s Enterprise and Collective Agreements, including the exceptional special leave with pay discretionary benefit and working from home arrangements.

    The Frequently Asked Questions outlined in this section are designed to provide guidance on entitlements subject to meeting the necessary eligibility criteria for the leave concerned.  They are based on what we currently know given the Government directives and advice and the University’s decision to shift teaching online and efforts to implement social distancing strategies.  If you have any further questions staff should contact their People, Talent and Culture representative for advice on your particular situation.

     

    Working from Home

    Exceptional Special Leave with Pay

    Personal Leave

    ERL/Recreation Leave

    Long Service Leave

    Family Responsibility Leave

    Carers Leave#

    Unpaid Carers Leave##

    Special Leave without Pay

    Continuing and Fixed Term Staff

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Self-Isolation

    * *

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    COVID-19 Personal Illness

    *

     

    * * *

     

     

     

     

    Non-COVID-19 Personal Illness

     

     

    * * *

     

     

     

     

    Diagnosed Medical Condition or High-Risk Profile Due to COVID-19

    *

     

     

    * *

     

     

     

     

    Carer Responsibilities

     

     

     

    * * * * *

     

    All other paid entitlements that are eligible to take have been exhausted

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    *

    Casual Staff

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Self-Isolation

    * *

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    COVID-19 Personal Illness

    * *

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Diagnosed Medical Condition or High Risk Profile Due to COVID-19

    * *

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Carer Responsibilities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    *

     

    University Partial or Full Shutdown

    * *

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    #          Carers leave is accessed from accrued personal leave entitlement.
    ##        Unpaid carers leave in periods of up to 2 days or any separate periods agreed between the supervisor and staff member.

  • I have been advised by a healthcare authority to self-isolate due to potential exposure to COVID 19, am I entitled to leave? minus-thick plus-thick

    You should in the first instance discuss your situation with your line manager or supervisor and they will explore whether working from home arrangements are feasible for you.  If your work necessitates you continuing to work on campus or other University premises, your line manager or supervisor will explore with you whether you can undertake alternative duties from home. Your line manager should advise ptc@unisa.edu.au of your absence so the appropriate advice and support can be provided.

    If your line manager or supervisor determines that you are unable to undertake your normal or alternative duties from home, the University has made additional provisions to support staff in these exceptional circumstances:

    • Continuing and fixed term staff: you will be entitled to Exceptional Special Leave with Pay as a once-only additional benefit for the duration of your self-isolation period of 14 calendar days, paid at your ordinary hours of work over that period.
    • Part time staff members will be entitled to Exceptional Special Leave with Pay as a once-only additional benefit for the duration of your self-isolation period, paid at the ordinary hours you would have worked over that period of self-isolation.
    • Casual staff members: please see the response to the frequently asked question As a casual staff member, what support is available to me?”

    Your absence should be recorded through the myUNISA portal.

     

  • I have become sick with COVID-19 while I am self-isolating, what leave should I take? minus-thick plus-thick

    Continuing and fixed term staff should take personal (sick) leave in the event they have a confirmed case of COVID-19.  Where your personal leave is exhausted you may access any other accrued leave entitlement (e.g. recreation leave or long service leave) until exhausted. Your line manager should advise ptc@unisa.edu.au of your absence so the appropriate advice and support can be provided.

    For casual staff members, please see the “Exceptional special leave with pay” section and “As a casual staff member, what support is available to me?” frequently asked question.

    The University also has a wide range of wellbeing information, resources, training modules and tools available through the People, Talent and Culture website.

    Additionally, 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 more information on their website.

  • I’m a supervisor and a member of my team is displaying flu-like symptoms. Can I send the staff member home? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes.  We need to consider all practical measures to minimise the risk to others in the workplace and you can require staff to not attend the workplace if you have reasonable grounds to believe that they are exhibiting flu like symptoms.

    For continuing and fixed term staff you can ask them to consider taking personal (sick) leave if they believe they are not well enough to undertake their full range of normal duties.  They can also consider accessing any other accrued leave entitlements (e.g. recreation leave or long service leave) if they have exhausted their personal leave entitlement.

    If a staff member believes they can undertake their full range of normal duties and you agree, please explore work from home as an option.

    For casual staff, the University’s first preference is to work with any casual staff member to explore with them whether they can work from home.  If this is not possible due to the nature of their work, then the casual staff member will be required to remain away from the workplace until they are fit to return.  They will not be paid where it is a non COVID-19 illness as the 25% loading compensates for personal leave.

    Please contact your People, Talent and Culture representative to discuss any questions you may have.

  • I have a staff member who is required to self-isolate due to Government mandated requirements based on recent travel, what should I tell them? minus-thick plus-thick

    In the event a staff member is required to self-isolate, consider whether they can work from home in the first instance. In the event that this is not possible, continuing and fixed term staff members will be entitled to Exceptional Special Leave with Pay as a once-only additional benefit for the duration of their self-isolation period of 14 calendar days, paid at their ordinary hours of work over that period. As a line manager you should advise ptc@unisa.edu.au of the staff member’s absence so the appropriate advice and support can be provided.

    In the event a continuing or fixed term staff member was to become unwell and/or has been tested and confirmed as having contracted COVID-19 during their self-isolation period and they are unable to continue to undertake their full range of normal duties (if they are working from home), they should take personal (sick) leave for the remainder of the duration of their self-isolation period and beyond, until such time as they are cleared as fit to return to the workplace by their medical practitioner.  A medical certificate will be required to be provided if they have been diagnosed as contracting COVID-19. You should advise ptc@unisa.edu.au of the staff member’s absence so the appropriate advice and support can be provided.

    Where personal leave is exhausted, a continuing or fixed term staff member may access any other accrued leave entitlement (e.g. recreation leave or long service leave) until exhausted.

    For casual staff members please see the response to the frequently asked question “As a casual staff member, what support is available to me?”.

    It is important to remain in regular contact with the staff member during their self-isolation period or the period of their personal leave and to ensure that staff are aware that the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to them during this time.

    The University also has a wide range of wellbeing information, resources, training modules and tools available through the People, Talent and Culture website.

    Additionally, 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 more information on their website.

  • I am pregnant and concerned about COVID-19. minus-thick plus-thick

    You should in the first instance discuss with your supervisor how you are feeling.  The University, where practicable, will be facilitating working from home arrangements and will be guided by advice from your treating medical practitioner. If you are unable to undertake your full range of duties from home, we will explore with you whether you can undertake alternative duties.  If this is not practicable or you are unable to undertake your full range of duties, your supervisor can discuss with you access to paid leave entitlements (e.g. personal leave, recreation leave, long service leave etc) as provided in the University’s Enterprise Agreement.  In the event those leave entitlements are exhausted, you may be able to access special leave without pay subject to approval by the relevant delegate, in this circumstance we suggest you seek further information from your  People, Talent and Culture representative

    The University also has a wide range of wellbeing information, resources, training modules and tools available through the People, Talent and Culture website.

    Additionally, 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 more information on their website.

  • Do I need a medical certificate to return to work? minus-thick plus-thick

    You don’t need a medical certificate to clear you to return to work unless your line manager requests one. The University recognises that due to the particular current circumstances relating to COVID-19 it may not be possible for you to provide a Medical Certificate particularly for self-isolation.  If we do require evidence of your circumstances and you are unable to provide a Medical Certificate, we will ask that you provide a Statutory Declaration. However, if you do have a Medical Certificate send this to your line manager as soon as you are safely able to do so and we ask that you do not return to work until you are fit and able to do so.

  • I am the primary carer of a child school age or younger, and am having difficulty undertaking my usual workload during term time – what are my options? minus-thick plus-thick

    If you are the primary carer of a child school age or younger, and are having difficulty undertaking your usual workload for a period of time during scheduled/non-scheduled term time as:

    a)    the school/preschool/OSHC/childcare centre/vacation care my child attends has been closed or is directed to close due to COVID-19; or

    (b)   the regular care arrangement (e.g. family member or other carer arrangements) for my child is unavailable due to matters related to COVID-19,

    there are a few options.

    Where your ordinary care/schooling arrangements are not available, and you are unable to make alternative arrangements:

    • As a first step talk to your line manager or supervisor about your current working arrangements and what potential changes to your hours of work could be considered to accommodate your usual workload. The University’s Flexible Work Arrangements Procedure will be helpful in identifying potential options.  
    • If your circumstances cannot be accommodated by changes to your work pattern and you are unable to undertake your usual workload, continuing and fixed term staff are able to access paid Family Responsibility Leave (FRL) and/or personal/carer’s leave. Where your FRL and personal/carer’s leave is exhausted you may access any other accrued leave entitlements (e.g. recreation leave, long service leave). Certain leave types may be taken in full or part days, to support you managing your responsibilities.
    • All staff, including casual staff, may be eligible to access unpaid carer’s leave (up to two days unpaid per occasion for unexpected emergency) in accordance with the University’s Enterprise Agreement.
    • Continuing and fixed term staff may request Special Leave without pay for a specific period should their other leave entitlements be exhausted. For more information please contact your People, Talent and Culture representative and see the Special Leave Procedure.
    • Where a casual staff member requires an extended period of time away from work due to carer’s responsibilities, they should discuss their situation with their line manager as early as possible.
  • Will my absences from work be recorded? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes, the University will need to keep a record of any absences related to COVID-19, including absences related to self-isolation.  Please ensure you record your leave absences through the myHR portal. The myUNISA portal has special provision to record those absences which directly relate to the impact of COVID-19.

  • I would like to stay home as a precaution against being exposed to COVID-19, am I entitled to leave? minus-thick plus-thick

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

    For other staff who wish to stay home as a precaution, you should discuss how you’re feeling with your supervisor.  While the University will be facilitating working from home arrangements where practicable and for as many staff as possible, in line with communications issued and updated by the University, such arrangements may not always be able to occur in the manner or way staff may seek for business and 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.

    The University is committed to taking appropriate and reasonable measures to ensure staff are provided a safe working environment and continuing and fixed term staff may also access other forms of paid leave in these circumstances subject to approval by their supervisor in line with operating requirements in place at the time.

     

  • I need to stay at home to provide care to someone in my household who has COVID-19. minus-thick plus-thick

    In this circumstance, you will be required to self-isolate. You should discuss with your line manager or supervisor working from home arrangements. If you are unable to undertake your full range of duties during this time and you are required to self-isolate because you are in close contact with a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, for continuing and fixed term staff you will be entitled to 14 calendar days of exceptional special leave with pay for full time staff members or for part time staff members, paid for the ordinary hours they would have worked in that period.   Your line manager will advise ptc@inisa.edu.au to ensure that the appropriate advice and support can be provided.

    If your carer responsibilities extend beyond the self-isolation period, continuing and fixed term staff may also be entitled to access paid Family Responsibility Leave (FRL) and personal/carer’s leave.  Where your FRL, personal leave/carer’s is exhausted you may access any other accrued leave entitlement until exhausted.

    Casual staff who are self-isolating as a result of caring for a member of their household who has COVID-19, will be paid for their projected contracted hours they would have worked over the next 14 calendar day period.  After this period, they can also access unpaid carer’s leave where they are caring for a member of their household in accordance with the University’s Enterprise Agreement.

  • As a casual staff member, what support is available to me? minus-thick plus-thick

    The University recognises and appreciates the significant contribution that our casual staff make to the success and performance of our University.  We acknowledge that for casual staff members in particular, the impact that COVID-19 may have, will understandably create anxiety.

    The University’s first preference will be to work with our casual staff members who are directly impacted by COVID-19 to explore whether work can be undertaken at home in line with their projected contracted hours.

    If your projected contracted work is cancelled by the University due to COVID-19, or is unable to be performed because you:

    • have been directed to self-isolate or been tested and awaiting results and can’t work from home;
    • have been confirmed as having contracted COVID-19; or
    • have a medical certificate/diagnosed medical condition/risk profile requiring them to be absent from the workplace because of COVID19-related risks,

    you will be paid for the projected contracted hours you would have worked over the next 14 calendar day period (referred to as your Projected Hours Period and Projected Hours Payment).

    The Projected Hours Payment is a once only discretionary benefit being provided by the University to casual staff members. Therefore, as a casual staff member you will have access to one Projected Hours Period where your projected contracted work is cancelled or is unable to be performed for the reasons set out above, commencing from the time that your work is first cancelled or unable to be performed. 

    If you are a casual staff member with multiple casual contracts with the University, and your work is cancelled or unable to be performed, all cancelled projected hours which fall during the 14 day Projected Hours Period will be paid regardless of the number of contracts that the hours fall under.  However, if you have already accessed a Projected Hours Period and therefore, the Projected Hours Payment, and subsequent to your Projected Hours Period you have further work that is cancelled, you will not receive payment for that cancelled work.  You can check if you have already accessed a Projected Hours Period payment by checking your leave bookings in myUniSA.  If you have an “Exceptional Special Leave (COVID-19)” leave recording then you have already had access to a Projected Hours Period. 

    In the event the University fully or partially suspends its operations, you will be paid in line with your projected contracted hours for the first 14 calendar day period commencing from the date of the of the partial or complete suspension of operations, providing you haven’t already accessed a Projected Hours Period and Projected Hours Payment.  If the University is required to operate in this way for an extended period, we will review our casual staff support.

    At the end of this question are examples of how the Projected Hours Period and Payment applies if you are a casual staff member with multiple casual contracts with the University.

    During the Projected Hours Period you would need to submit your timesheet in the usual way, accompanied by any related documentation (i.e. a medical certificate where appropriate and available), for approval.

    Casual staff who are self-isolating as a result of caring for a member of their household who has COVID-19, will be paid for their projected contracted hours they would have worked over the next 14 calendar day period.  After this period, they can also access unpaid carer’s leave where they are caring for a member of their household in accordance with the University’s Enterprise Agreement.

    The University also has a wide range of wellbeing information, resources, training modules and tools available through the People, Talent and Culture website.

    Additionally, 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 more information on their website.

    Examples of the application of the Projected Hours Period and Projected Hours Payment to casual staff members with multiple casual contracts with the University

    Example 1

    You are a casual staff member with three casual contracts (Contracts A, B and C).  Your work under Contracts A, B and C was cancelled from Monday 27 April 2020.

    In that case your Projected Hours Period commenced on Monday 27 April 2020 and ends on Sunday 10 May 2020.  As your work under all three contracts was cancelled commencing on 27 April 2020, you are eligible to receive the Projected Hours Payment for your projected contracted hours under Contracts A, B and C for the Projected Hours Period.  That is, you will be paid for the projected, cancelled hours under all three contracts for the duration of your Projected Hours Period.

    Example 2

    You are a casual staff member with three casual contracts (Contracts A, B and C).  Your work under Contracts A and B was cancelled from Monday 27 April 2020.  Your work under contract C had continued.

    As a casual staff member you have access to one Projected Hours Period.

    Therefore, if the work under Contracts A and B is cancelled starting from the same date, being 27 April 2020, then you will receive payment (the Projected Hours Payment) for their projected, cancelled hours under both Contracts A and B for the Projected Hours Period, being from 27 April 2020 to Sunday 10 May 2020.

    If the work under Contracts A and B is cancelled starting from different dates, then the 14 day period (your Projected Hours Period) commences from the date at which your work was cancelled first.  For example, if the work under Contract A was cancelled from Monday 27 April 2020 and the work under Contract B is cancelled from Monday 3 May 2020, then your Projected Hours Period commences from Monday 27 April and ends on Sunday 10 May 2020.  In this example, you are eligible to be paid:

    • for your projected contracted hours under Contract A from Monday 27 April 2020 to Sunday 10 May 2020;
    • for the work you actually perform (if any) under Contract B up to and including Sunday 2 May 2020; and
    • for your projected contracted hours under Contract B from Monday 3 May 2020 to Sunday 10 May 2020.

    You will continue to be paid for work performed under Contract C during the Projected Hours Period (and beyond).

    Example 3

    You are a casual staff member with three casual contracts (Contracts A, B and C).  Your work under Contracts A and B was cancelled from Monday 27 April 2020.  Your work under contract C continued beyond 27 April 2020, but was later cancelled.

    In this case, your Projected Hours Period commenced on Monday 27 April 2020 and ends on Sunday 10 May 2020.  Your eligibility for the Projected Hours Payment and determination of your Projected Hours Period in relation to the cancelation of your work under Contracts A and B is as set out in relation to Example 2 above.

    In relation to Contract C, as a casual staff member you are entitled to one Projected Hours Period only.  Therefore, if your work under Contract C is cancelled prior to the end of your Projected Hours Period (for the purposes this example, that is before 10 May 2020), then you will also be paid for the cancelled projected hours under Contract C which fall within your Projected Hours Period (that is, your projected contracted hours under Contract C from the date that the work is cancelled up to and including Sunday, 10 May 2020).

    However, if your work under Contract C is cancelled after the end of your Projected Hours Period, then you will not receive payment in relation to the work cancelled under Contract C.

  • I am identified as in a high-risk category if I contract COVID-19, what does this mean for me? minus-thick plus-thick

    Throughout the pandemic the University has progressed its response to COVID-19 in line with government agency advice, specifically, Australian Government, Department of Health, SA Health and Safework SA. The University recognises that staff with underlying illnesses that make them more vulnerable to respiratory disease, including those with diabetes, chronic lung disease, kidney failure, people with suppressed immune systems and older people, are at a higher risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19.

    As state government restrictions ease, the University remains committed to the safety and wellbeing of its staff and students, including those considered vulnerable and in high risk groups. In line with SA Health recommendations published as at 28 August 2020, the University acknowledges that those at higher risk of more severe diseases can return to normal activities and interactions with physical distancing and other appropriate hygiene and safety controls in place. The University will continue to work with staff members to explore reasonable adjustments that will facilitate their return to work in line with the available advice. For further information, these staff should contact their People, Talent and Culture representative for advice on potential options.

    If a member of staff has a pre-existing health condition that could potentially increase the severity of the impact of the virus if they contract it, and they do not fall into the identified groups above, then they should contact their supervisor or People, Talent and Culture representative for advice. The University will consider reasonable adjustments that can be made to facilitate a safe working environment for staff.

    The University also has a wide range of wellbeing information, resources, training modules and tools available through the People, Talent and Culture website.

    Additionally, 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 more information on their website.

  • My Fixed Term Contract is due to end shortly, will this be affected by COVID 19? minus-thick plus-thick

    The University will continue to abide by the provisions of the University’s Enterprise Agreement, legislation and University policies. In view of the exceptional circumstances we have developed a set of COVID-19 Key Employment Principles  that will guide our thinking as we continue to monitor the current situation and ensure we are responding appropriately.  Our aim is to assist staff by providing clarity and certainty where we can on how we will manage a number of key activities going forward, that will enable us to maximise our efforts to keep staff engaged and working productively whilst contributing to minimising the spread of the virus.  These principles will be reviewed and evolve as we continue to navigate the current situation. If after reviewing the principles you have further questions, please contact your local People, Talent and Culture team.

     

  • I have been provided an offer of employment on behalf of the University (verbal included), will it still proceed? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes, the University will honour employment commitments that have already been given.

  • I have a contract due to start shortly; will this start date be affected? minus-thick plus-thick

    The contract start date will remain in place. You will be contacted in advance regarding onboarding, induction processes and any local arrangements that are in place to ensure the effective management of the local area.

  • I have a contract due to commence shortly, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, what will happen? minus-thick plus-thick

    Please let the Hiring Manager or your Recruitment Consultant know about your situation by contacting them directly. The University will make arrangements to accommodate this requirement and will liaise with you in advance of you taking up your position.

     

  • I am worried about the impact of the current circumstances on my super balance, what should I do? minus-thick plus-thick

    We understand in the current circumstances that some staff members may be concerned about their super balance and investments with UniSuper.

    UniSuper advise us they are experiencing an extraordinary increase in the number of member enquiries, which has led to longer than normal wait times. They are working hard to respond to calls and emails as quickly as possible. They advise staff to visit their website regularly or log into their online account for the latest information about your super and commentary on financial markets, your investments and government announcements and updates.

    Alternatively, you can all 1800 331 685, Monday - Friday, 8:00am – 5:30pm, contact them via email , or make an appointment at unisuper.com.au/campus-bookings.

     

     

  • Is the University a qualifying employer for the JobKeeper payment? minus-thick plus-thick

    While job security and staff member retention are a key focus for the University, currently, the University of South Australia is not an eligible employer for the JobKeeper payment. As a result, the subsidy is not available to University of South Australia staff members. Staff whose employment is directly impacted by COVID-19 are advised to contact Centrelink for information about the benefits they may be entitled to.

  • How do I get an employment separation certificate for JobSeeker payments? minus-thick plus-thick

    Australian Government advice in response to COVID-19 means you do not require an employment separation certificate for JobSeeker payments, view the advice here. However if you have been advised by Centrelink that you do require a separation certificate, please contact PayrollServices@unisa.edu.au.

6. Staff Wellbeing

  • I am feeling anxious and stressed about the situation, what should I do? minus-thick plus-thick

    If you are feeling anxious about the impact of COVID-19 please contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Appointments are available from Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm and can be booked by calling: 

    • Metropolitan campuses: 1300 277 924
    • Mt Gambier Campus: (08) 8723 1999
    • Whyalla Campus: (08) 8645 8233

    Provision has been made for consultations to be conducted remotely, for more information contact Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    If you are feeling unwell, contact the Health Direct Hotline - 1800 022 222 (available 24/7), the National Coronavirus Information Helpline - 1800 020 080 (available 24/7); or the SA COVID-19 Information Line - 1800 253 787 (available 7 days a week 8.00am-8.00pm).

    The University also has a wide range of wellbeing information, resources, training modules and tools available through the People, Talent and Culture website.

    Additionally, 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 more information on their website.

  • I am worried about my friends and family. Who can I talk to? minus-thick plus-thick

    If you have been personally affected by the circumstances of COVID-19 and are feeling distressed or concerned and require support, please contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

    The University also has a wide range of wellbeing information, resources, training modules and tools available through the People, Talent and Culture website.

    Additionally, 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 more information on their website.

  • What mental health and wellbeing support is available? minus-thick plus-thick

    As the University manages the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we are doing everything we can to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and wider community remains the highest priority.

    To support the wellbeing of our people, we have a wide range of information, resources, training modules and tools available for you to access through the People, Talent and Culture website.

    SA Health also 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 more information on their website.

7. Advice to students

We have created a dedicated Student Support (COVID-19) website highlighting the resources available to support UniSA students with their learning and technology needs, financial support, as well as their health, safety and wellbeing.

8. Support Initiatives

9. Examinations and Assessment

  • How will practical classes, studios and placements be assessed? minus-thick plus-thick

    For some courses, students will be unable to complete the associated assessments for practical and/or studio-based activities. In these instances, students will be able to complete all theoretical components of the course (including related assessments), and maintain their enrolment in the course as ‘incomplete’ until they are able to undertake the required activities and assessments at a later time.

    From SP5, practical activities and associated assessments will be safely made available to students, and will be conducted according to Government social distancing requirements.

    Priority will be given to ensuring that students in their final year of their program are able to complete these practical/placement assessment requirements in the first instance.

  • Will exams be online for 2020? minus-thick plus-thick

    Considering the current COVID-19 restrictions, and health and wellbeing concerns for students and staff, exams will be conducted online for the remainder of 2020 – this includes SPs 4, 5, 6 and 7. This provision reflects the large numbers of students and staff that would need to be in the same place for exams to take place, and the difficulty of ensuring comprehensive social distancing and wellbeing protocols in large venues.

    All exams will be scheduled by SAS and will occur within the existing examination periods.

    As was the case with Study Period 2 and 3 exams, exams will be made available to students online via learnonline and the session will be unsupervised. The online exam will be made available to each student at the commencement of the scheduled time and must be completed at the end of the examination time. An additional hour will also be allocated to each examination session (over and above the currently approved examination time) to support students in completing the examination online to allow for any technical issues or temporary interruptions to be resolved without compromising examination completion.

    Given the additional hour being provided for examination times for all students the current ENTEXT provisions will not apply.

    Course Coordinators will be contacted by a member of the Access and Inclusion team, if a student’s Access Plan requires any additional time, or other modification of the assessment.

    These modified arrangements will require Course Coordinators to assume “take home” examination conditions, which may require modifications to current question styles and formats.

    The recommended way for exams to be offered is through the “quiz tool” in learnonline. The quiz tool allows for multiple choice questions (MCQs), short or extended answer questions (open text box responses), and true/false questions, in addition to a range of other questions.

    If exam question responses cannot be typed into the quiz tool, a written exam can be offered. This will require a student to upload a word document (or PDF scan or image) to the quiz in learnonlineThese situations might occur where a student needs to write using special characters/symbols not available on a computer keyboard (eg for areas of Mathematics, Engineering, and languages other than English).

    Options for students to hand write answers and then scan or photograph their response and submit through learnonline may be required in such instances. Support will be available for Course Coordinators through the Teaching Innovation Unit (TIU) to assist with designing appropriate assessment tasks. Please note that use of the quiz tool provides the best oversight for AI management

    To support students with completing their examinations, for those who do not wish to complete the examination from their home, computers will be available at all metropolitan and regional UniSA campuses. Please note that Course Coordinators should make themselves a point of contact for students throughout the entire duration of the examination.

    These changes do not apply to UniSA Online students – teaching delivery, examinations and grading will continue to run as normal. For more information, go to the frequently asked question “Do the changes to teaching, exams and final grades apply to UniSA Online students?”

  • Are secondary exams going ahead online? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes. In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions, and health and wellbeing concerns for students and staff, the secondary exams scheduled for August 2020 will be conducted online and without supervision.

    Exams will be scheduled within the existing examination period.

    As was the case with Study Period 2 and 3 exams, the preferred way for exams to be offered is through the “quiz tool” in learnonline. The quiz tool allows for multiple choice questions (MCQs), short or extended answer questions (open text box responses), and true/false questions, in addition to a range of other questions. An additional hour will also be allocated to each examination (over and above the currently approved examination time) to support students to access and complete examinations in this new process, and provide time for any technical issues or temporary interruptions to be resolved without compromising examination completion.

    These modified arrangements will require Course Coordinators to assume “take home” examination conditions, which may require modifications to traditional question styles and formats.

    If exam question responses cannot be typed into the quiz tool, a written exam can be offered which will require a student to upload a word document (or PDF scan or image) to the quiz in learnonline. These situations might occur where a student needs to write using special characters/symbols not available on a computer keyboard (eg for areas of Mathematics, Engineering, and languages other than English). Options for students to hand write answers and then scan or photograph their response and submit through learnonline may be required in such instances. Support will be available for Course Coordinators through the Teaching Innovation Unit (TIU) to assist with designing appropriate assessment tasks.

    In limited instances where a Course Coordinator can demonstrate that an unsupervised examination will not be satisfactory, a request to hold an invigilated examination (possibly at a later date) will need to be made to a Dean of Programs who can seek Provost approval. If approved, the timing of the invigilated exam may need to be outside the set examination period.

    To support students with completing their examinations, for those who do not wish to complete the examination from their home, computers will be available at all metropolitan and regional UniSA campuses. Course Coordinators should make themselves a point of contact for students throughout the entire duration of the examination.

    Given the additional hour being provided for examination times for all students the current ENTEXT provisions will not apply.

    If a student who has a current access plan which makes it difficult for them to complete their assessment online, an alternative assessment method should be considered.

    These changes do not apply to UniSA Online students – teaching delivery, examinations and grading will continue to run as normal. For more information, go to the frequently asked question “Do the changes to teaching, exams and final grades apply to UniSA Online students?”

  • Do we have to convert our face-to-face exam to an online exam? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes; If your course requires an exam, you will need to prepare to deliver the exam via a summative learnonline quiz. A discussion with your Program Director and/or Dean of Programs is still recommended to consider how your exam can be adapted for online delivery. 

    There is an Exam final checklist (18.9 KB), which should be used to ensure you have completed all the necessary steps in setting up an online exam. This is a critical part of the process in order to minimise the risk of error and issues arising on the day of the exam. 

    Please note that student communication is required, and new exam arrangements should not disadvantage students. The TIU has prepared a resource ‘Preparing for Online Exams’ to support you through the necessary steps in preparing your Online exam.   

    Please note:  In 2021, the ENTEXT provision will be removed from the APPM, therefore this provides Course Coordinators with an opportunity to critically review their exam as fit for purpose assessment.  

    If you believe an alternative fit-for-purpose assessment can be used in place of the exam, the Teaching Innovation Unit (TIU) can support staff through online consultations with Academic Developers (ADs) and/or Online Educational Designers (OEDs) to develop the assessment piece. Students will be required to complete this assignment during Week 13 of SP2 not the timetabled exam week. If you change your exam to another form of assessment, it will require you to follow the process for a ‘Change in assessment type’.

  • Are there any special conditions being applied to SP2 and SP3 final grades? minus-thick plus-thick

    The University will proceed with releasing final grades to students following current practice.

    To minimise the impact of the COVID-19 disruptions on student learning and assessment, the following special conditions will be available to all students enrolled in Study Period 2 and 3 courses:

    1. Where a student passes a course but receives a final grade that they believe will adversely impact upon their overall Grade Point Average (GPA), they may make a request for their grade to be amended to a non-graded pass (NGP), within 10 days of the release of grades. The NGP will not affect your GPA. Adjustments to honours grading protocols may be considered with approval from the Dean of Programs.
    2. Where a student fails a course, they may make a request for their fail grade to be amended to a Withdraw Not Fail notation by emailing ask@campuscentral.unisa.edu.au within 10 days of the official release of grades.

    These changes do not apply to UniSA Online students – teaching delivery, examinations and grading will continue to run as normal. For more information, go to the frequently asked question “Do the changes to teaching, exams and final grades apply to UniSA Online students?”

  • Do the changes to teaching, exams and final grades apply to UniSA Online students? minus-thick plus-thick

    UniSA Online teaching, exams and grading will all continue as normal, with no changes.

    Exams for UniSA Online courses will continue to run in their usual format, with the normal time allocation.

    UniSA Online students won’t be eligible for grade changes outside of the normal processes. 

  • What does “open book” or “take home” conditions mean for these unsupervised exams? minus-thick plus-thick

    Online exams will not be invigilated, effectively making them an open-book exam. Furthermore, exam responses from the quiz tool cannot be uploaded to TurnItIn – this is a limitation of the tool. Academics therefore may be required to re-think the style or nature of the questions they are asking. If staff are using textbook-derived questions, many of those are already in the public domain accessible via a Google search. It is important to note that questions written for an online exam in Learnonline in SP2 2020 cannot be re-used in subsequent exams (e.g. supplementary and deferred) as these questions will technically be in the ‘public’ domain and may be shared during, or after the exam.

    The Teaching Innovation Unit is available to provide support.  Assistance can be sought from TIU’s assessment consults.

  • Who can I contact for help with the design of my online exam? minus-thick plus-thick

    The Teaching Innovation Unit is available to provide support.  Workshops on setting up a learnonline exam, and additional resources can be found on the TIU’s Assessment website. Assistance can also be sought from TIU’s assessment consults.

  • What do I do for students with Access Plans? minus-thick plus-thick

    Students with an Access Plan that includes extra time in exams are entitled to receive this in addition to the extra hour provided to all students. For exams registered with SAS, a member of the Access & Inclusion team will contact the Course Coordinator if they have students with Access Plans that require extra time or alternative assessment arrangements. For guidance on how to set up extra time in learnonline for students with an Access Plan, Course Coordinators should contact the TIU. For guidance on accessibility requirements for online material for students with vision or hearing impairments, Course Coordinators should contact the Access & Inclusion team.

  • What do I do for students with ENTEXT provisions? minus-thick plus-thick

    The additional hour above the existing examination time is in acknowledgment of the varied circumstances, including students eligible for ENTEXT provisions.  No additional time is required.

  • Does an extra 10 minutes reading time need to be provided? minus-thick plus-thick

    The additional hour above the existing examination time is in acknowledgment of the varied circumstances, including reading time.

  • What reference materials can students use during their exam? minus-thick plus-thick

    The exam is an unsupervised, open book exam therefore students could reference any hardcopy or electronic reference materials.  This should be considered when discussing the design of your online assessment with TIU.

  • Will students receive a personal exam timetable? minus-thick plus-thick

    As per usual process, students will receive a personal exam timetable listing all unsupervised online learnonline examinations scheduled by SAS.

  • What time will my online exam be scheduled? minus-thick plus-thick

    As per usual process, the exam timetable will allocate exams to either a 9:00am, 2:00pm or 6:30pm session.  Students should note the exam start time listed on their personal exam timetable is Adelaide, South Australia time.  Students are encouraged to check the Time Zone Converter to ensure they access the exam at the Adelaide time: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html.

  • Do I need to use the standard exam paper coversheet provided by SAS? minus-thick plus-thick

    No. Whist you are welcome to use or adapt the standard SAS exam paper coversheet, it’s use is only mandatory for exams managed or invigilated by SAS. The TIU will provide information to be circulated to students in relation to using the learnonline platform for examinations.

  • What happens if students have technical issues? minus-thick plus-thick

    The additional hour above the existing examination time is in acknowledgment of the varied circumstances, including allowing for any technical requirements, system access and upload and download requirements. We encourage Course Coordinators to be online and available for student to contact during the examination period. The ISTS HelpDesk will be available to provide support where requires.

  • When will the exam timetable be available? minus-thick plus-thick

    Exam timetable release dates are available from the student exam webpage.

    Students will receive a personal exam timetable via email.  They can also access their personal exam timetable and the course exam timetable via the Student Portal. 

  • Can students undertake their unsupervised online exam on campus? minus-thick plus-thick

    Unsupervised online exams are designed for ‘at home’ environments and are to be taken without supervision via learnonline. For those not able to sit exams ‘at home’, the following spaces are available if students need to utilise on-campus facilities for examinations:

    • Computer pools/barns at each campus (not bookable)
    • Designated quiet spaces in metropolitan campus libraries during the exam period (not bookable)
    • A limited number of study rooms are available at each metropolitan campus and at Whyalla, and can be booked here. Maximum booking periods for study rooms will be extended to 4 hours to accommodate exams.
    • Spaces at the Mount Gambier campus can be booked by contacting ian.mckay@unisa.edu.au.

    No on-campus spaces will be supervised.

    If students choose to come on campus, they are encouraged to arrive an hour before their exam is due to start to locate a space and get set up.

  • Who should students contact for support during their online exam? minus-thick plus-thick

    If students experience any technical issues which impact their ability to complete their online exam, they should contact the IT Helpdesk. This includes issues related to:

    • Internet connection and/or;
    • Computer performance

    When raising an issue, students should note the specific details of the technical issue, including time and any screen shots or other evidence to support their request.

    The IT Helpdesk can be contacted on the following phone numbers:

    • Local: (08) 8302 5000
    • Interstate & Country: 1300 558 654 (cost of a local call)
    • International: (+61 8) 8302 5000 (we can call you back to minimise your call costs)

    Students should not hang up even if they are on hold as a service ticket will be raised once the call is answered. This service ticket will be their evidence of an issue occurring.

    If students require clarification of any question in the exam, they should contact their Course Coordinator via email. They should do this in a new web browser window or a dedicated email client to ensure they are not logged out of the exam. This can occur at any time during the exam.

    If there is an issue that impacts all students in the course, students will receive advice or instructions from the Course Coordinator via email. 

    If there is an issue that impacts all students, such as a learnonline outage, students will receive advice and instructions via SMS and/or email, and details will be made available in myUniSA, under Critical Systems Availability.

    UniSA Online students requiring support during examinations should visit this webpage.

  • How do students submit a request to change their SP2 or SP3 grade to NGP following their secondary exam or assessment? minus-thick plus-thick

    Students must submit a request in writing via email to ask@campuscentral.unisa.edu.au within 10 days of the official secondary result release date. Official secondary result release for SP2 and 3 secondary exam or assessment is Saturday 22 August. 

    On receipt of the request, Campus Central will update the student record to NGP.

    This is not available for enrolments in UniSA Online, OUA, or Offshore SP1 enrolments (except SP1 Offshore courses where the teaching delivery was impacted, in which case please contact Campus Central).

  • How do students submit a request to change their SP2 or SP3 grade if they fail the course after completing the secondary exam or assessment? minus-thick plus-thick

    Students must submit a request in writing via email, to ask@campuscentral.unisa.edu.au within 10 days of the official secondary result release date. This will result in a Withdraw Not Fail (W) notation being applied to their record. The official secondary result release is Saturday 22 August.

    This is not available for enrolments in UniSA Online or OUA courses. Please contact Campus Central for Offshore Study Period 1 enrolments where the teaching delivery has changed.

  • What is the deadline for students to submit a request to change their SP2 or SP3 grade to NGP after completing the secondary exam or assessment? minus-thick plus-thick

    Students can submit a request to ask@campuscentral.unisa.edu.au in writing via email, up to 10 days after the official result release date. The official secondary result release is Saturday 22 August.

    This is not available for enrolments in UniSA Online, OUA, or Offshore SP1 enrolments (except SP1 Offshore courses where the teaching delivery was impacted, in which case please contact Campus Central).

  • What is the deadline for students to submit a request to change their SP2 or SP3 grade to a W after completing the secondary exam or assessment? minus-thick plus-thick

    Students must submit a request in writing via email, to ask@campuscentral.unisa.edu.au within 10 days of the official secondary result release date. The official secondary result release is Saturday 22 August. On receipt of the request, Campus Central will update the student record.

    This is not available for enrolments in UniSA Online or OUA courses. Please contact Campus Central for Offshore Study Period 1 enrolments where the teaching delivery has changed.

  • Who can authorise the NGP change of grade for SP2 and SP3 2020? minus-thick plus-thick

    As the decision to approve the NGP has already been approved by the Enterprise Leadership Team, no further approvals are required to complete this process. 

    This is not available for enrolments in UniSA Online, OUA, or Offshore SP1 enrolments (except SP1 Offshore courses where the teaching delivery was impacted, in which case please contact Campus Central).

  • Can I re-use my SP2 2020 online exam for the secondary exam? minus-thick plus-thick

    No. Questions written for an online exam in Learnonline in SP2 2020 cannot be re-used in subsequent exams (e.g. supplementary and deferred) as these questions will technically be in the ‘public’ domain and may be shared during, or after the exam.

    The Teaching Innovation Unit is available to provide support.  Assistance can be sought from TIU’s assessment consults.

  • Can a student who has received a Supplementary Pass (SP) or Supplementary Fail (F) still apply for NGP or W? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes. Students must submit a request to ask@campuscentral.unisa.edu.au in writing via email, within 10 days of the official secondary result release date. The official secondary result release is Saturday 22 August.

10. Staff Returning to Campus

  • How do I return the equipment that enabled me to work from home? minus-thick plus-thick

    Your supervisor will contact you about the arrangements for you to return to campus as and when appropriate. This will include discussing a date for your return and any preparations that need to be undertaken to make the transition to working back on campus as smooth as possible. 

  • What is our approach to teaching and research? minus-thick plus-thick

    We have designed this staged approach to minimise disruption to the current study plans of students, and to allow time for preparation of workplaces and facilities in support of teaching and research activities. The key activities are planned as follows;

    • Lectures will remain online for the remainder of 2020
    • Tutorials, practicals, seminars and workshops will be delivered on campus from 15 June where social distancing guidelines can be implemented
    • University facilities – e.g. food outlets – will open progressively from 18 May, but in line with state government protocols (i.e. takeaway and limited sit-down dining)
    • Some staff will begin to transition back to the workplace from Monday 25 May, with the majority commencing their return from Monday 15 June – but in a staged manner and in consultation with their managers who will determine the best arrangement for delivery of their services
    • There will be regular enhanced cleaning on campus.

    It is also important to note that class and group sizes will be determined by the size of the room being used, and the ability to maintain appropriate social distancing protocols. The 10/20-person maximum references in the Return to Campus roadmap refer to gatherings on campus, not to teaching groups. As an essential service, the University is exempt from group size restrictions for teaching – however we will ensure the appropriate measures are in place.

  • What happens if things change in the next few weeks? minus-thick plus-thick

    The roadmap is a high level guide, and individual workplaces and areas of the University will work within this framework and communicate directly about specific changes.  The roadmap will also be adapted if we need to at any time to align with the advice and directions of state and federal governments.  Our highest priority remains the health and safety of staff and students and front of mind if the potential for further infections so we will continue to review our approach and adapt it quickly as necessary.

  • What should I do if, after I have returned to work, I experience any cold or flu-related symptoms? minus-thick plus-thick

    Any member of the University community, including staff, students, contactors and business visitors, who experience or demonstrate cold and flu symptoms must not attend the University and should be advised to go home if they do present on campus.

    If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, follow the Australian Government’s Department of Health advice and seek medical help.

    In the event you are not able to attend work as a result of cold and flu symptoms, contact your supervisor, who will advise you on the appropriate leave arrangements.

    Any confirmed cases of COVID-19 must be reported immediately, in line with our COVID 19 reporting protocol, via email to PTC@unisa.edu.au.

    If you need further advice about your symptoms, the National Coronavirus Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 020 080.

  • A person I live with is deemed to be in a high-risk category for COVID-19, is it safe for me to return to work? minus-thick plus-thick

    The University recognises that people with underlying illnesses that make them more vulnerable to respiratory disease, including those with diabetes, chronic lung disease, kidney failure, people with suppressed immune systems and older people, are at a higher risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19.

    The University encourages staff who are in high risk groups, or who live with a person in a high-risk category, to continue to work from home where possible with the approval of their supervisor and to seek medical advice to ensure the suitability of returning to work is supported by appropriate risk assessment and decision-making. If a staff member lives with someone in a high-risk group and they are unable to work from home, they will need to take leave. Information on the leave provisions staff can access can be found here.

    If a member of staff, or someone they live with, has a pre-existing health condition that could potentially increase the severity of the virus if they contract it, they should contact their supervisor or People, Talent and Culture representative who will facilitate an appropriate return to work strategy guided by advice from the relevant treating medical practitioner.

  • Do I need to download the COVIDSafe App? minus-thick plus-thick

    Staff are strongly encouraged to download and utilise the COVIDSafe application in line with Government advice however this is a personal decision and staff are not obliged to do this. The University recognises the app as a measure to assist in minimising the risk of infection and staying healthy, but acknowledges that, ultimately, it is an individual choice.

    The Australian Government has released the COVIDSafe app to speed up contact with people potentially exposed to coronavirus. This helps to protect others who may have been within 1.5m of an infected person for 15 minutes or longer and enables public health officers to offer testing more rapidly so the appropriate advice and action can be provided.

    If a member of the University  community is diagnosed with coronavirus or advised to self-isolate because they have been exposed they should follow the COVID-19 reporting protocol and immediately notify the University by email to PTC@unisa.edu.au. 

  • I am not in a high-risk category, but I have concerns about returning to work. Can I choose to continue to work from home? minus-thick plus-thick

    In the first stages of our return to on-campus activities, staff who can work productively and effectively from home can continue to do so with the support of their supervisor and if regular contact with team members and other colleagues can be ensured. Staff will need to contact their supervisor or relevant People, Talent and Culture Business Partners for information about how the return to campus plans impact their individual position before returning to campus so this can be managed effectively in consideration of the health and safety of the staff member and other staff. The University is supportive of flexible working however the impact on the local area and teams needs to be considered and approval is required from your supervisor.  

  • What physical distancing measures has the University implemented? minus-thick plus-thick

    University staff, in all work environments, must adhere to UniSA’s Social Distancing Protocol and the physical distancing rule of two (2) square meters per person. Accordingly, maximum occupancy for indoor areas will be calculated based on room size. Clear signage has been provided at the entrance of all general teaching and meeting spaces to indicate the maximum occupancy. Generally, all work environments have been designed so that individuals have greater than 2 sqm, however if staff have any concern they can contact their local FM Assist office for advice. Staff are able to attend business meetings on campus where physical distancing measures can be maintained. Long or large meetings where physical distancing is more difficult to maintain should be facilitated by audio-visual link, for example via zoom.

  • Can I use the on campus prayer rooms when I return to work or study on campus? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes. Extra high frequency touch point cleaning has been implemented across the University to support a safe and hygienic environment. You will need to consider the number of people in the prayer room at one time following the one person per 2m square rule and the 1.5 metre social distancing rule. The capacity of all shared spaces is clearly signed and limitations must be followed. The approach applied is in line with official health advice and if a room is 16 square metres, the capacity limit will be eight people.

  • Will University events now recommence? minus-thick plus-thick

    In line with health advice and the UniSA Pandemic Recovery Plan roadmap, the University will continue to defer and/or cancel non-essential events until advice from State and Federal Governments indicates otherwise.

    • Large Events will be not be held until the advice of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) indicates it is safe to do so.
    • Small Events will be cancelled or deferred, unless considered essential, in which case the event will be hosted online or within appropriate physical distancing protocols in line with government advice about the maximum number of people who can come together.
    • Workshops/Conferences will continue to be held online until further notice.

    The University also delivered its annual Open Day as a large virtual event, supplemented by small on-campus tours in line with COVID-19 safety measures.

  • Should I be concerned about using public transport to travel to and from work? minus-thick plus-thick

    Adelaide Metro have increased cleaning schedules across all public transport modes and disinfectant products recommended under national health guidelines are being used.

    In addition to standard cleaning, extra crews are being used across the network with particular focus being given to hard surfaces such as handrails, validators and push buttons.

    Adelaide Metro has also transitioned to a cashless system to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    Follow @AdelaideMetroSA on Twitter for updates, check the Adelaide Metro website, or contact the Adelaide Metro InfoLine on 1300 311 108.  If you are feeling ill with flu-like symptoms, please avoid travel on public transport and remain home and contact your supervisor.

  • Can we now travel further afield, interstate or overseas? minus-thick plus-thick

    The most significant risk of a potential ‘second wave’ of coronavirus infections arises from travel interstate and overseas therefore the University will continue to take a cautious approach to travel based on government medical advice and essential business and/or personal needs. The return to campus roadmap sets out the high level advice and more information is available via the Smartraveller website and the University Travel website. Any requirement for you to travel in relation to your role and responsibilities must be discussed with your supervisor.

  • Can the University accommodate business visitors at this time? E.g. Contractors, volunteers and couriers. minus-thick plus-thick

    All essential business visitors are able to attend University campus environments in locations where physical distancing measures can be easily maintained. All visitors will be expected to comply with the social distancing and hygiene protocols in place.

  • I share a workspace with another staff member. Is this in breach of physical distancing protocols? minus-thick plus-thick

    Not necessarily. Workspaces (e.g. hot-desks, job-sharing facilities, communal areas) that are regularly used by more than one staff member will require a  local disinfecting protocol and a roster of attendance to ensure physical distancing and hygiene measures can be maintained. Responsibility for disinfecting shared workstations rests with the local area. In the first instance disinfectant wipes (or equivalent) will be made available via FM Assist offices.

    Staff members who regularly share workspaces should contact their supervisor to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place to ensure physical distancing and hygiene practices can be maintained effectively or an alternative workspace/location agreed.

  • I have observed a staff member (or student) exhibit symptoms that I suspect to be COVID-19. What should I do? minus-thick plus-thick

    As with all situations involving colds and flu viruses, please advise people who are unwell to stay home until they have fully recovered. You can recommend them to seek medical advice with their own treating medical practitioner or at the UniSA Medical Clinic. Staff should phone ahead before attending in person.

    If a member of the University  community is diagnosed with coronavirus or advised to self-isolate because they have been exposed they should notify the University by email to PTC@unisa.edu.au. Please refer to the University’s COVID-19 reporting protocol for details.

  • What additional cleaning is being undertaken by the University to minimise the risks associated with COVID-19 and ensure it’s safe on campus? minus-thick plus-thick

    The University is committed to protecting its staff by engaging in regular and thorough cleaning of offices, campuses and high-touch surfaces.

    The Facilities Management Unit has also increased high frequency touch point cleaning throughout the day, and where practicable doors will be left open.

    Staff are encouraged to:

    • Wash your hands when you arrive at work and use hand sanitiser regularly if you are not able to wash your hands. Use of moisturiser will help prevent skin drying out and cracking.
    • Clean shared surfaces before and after use e.g. kitchen food preparation areas.
    • Use disposable cutlery and crockery where possible.
    • Avoid sharing computer workstations e.g. computer barns, hot desks. If not possible, use disinfectant wipes to clean keyboard and mouse prior to using. To prevent damage, do not use spray cleaners on computer equipment.
    • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes and cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing and then wash or sanitise hands or cough/sneeze into elbow.
    • Avoid sharing food e.g. cookie or lolly jars and restrict share platters to small group meetings (refer to the FAQ ‘Can we share food at a Team/Unit Meeting? Or have a morning tea?’ for more information).

     

  • Can we share food at a Team/Unit Meeting? Or have a morning tea? minus-thick plus-thick

    The Department of Health recommends, to protect yourself, your co-workers and others that food handling and sharing be limited in the workplace.

    For small group meetings (single table, team meetings), a share platter of food is allowed.

    For larger group meetings (where multiple tables are required), it is advised that shared food be restricted to each table and only consumed by people seated at that table.

  • Can we have a BBQ/Sausage Sizzle? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes, this is considered as takeaway food, but certain measures must be taken to reduce the risk of infection, including:

    • People being served must practice physical distancing when lining up to order and practice good hygiene.
    • No self-service of condiments etc. (person serving the food must apply condiments).
    • Cooked food must be protected from contamination and stored away from the area where orders are placed.