Shutdown Arrangements for Academic Staff

If you are an academic staff member, whether you are required to take annual leave over the shutdown period will depend on the leave you have taken or applied to take during the Leave Year (i.e. 16 February 2018 to 15 February 2019); and your leave balance.

You will be contacted by Human Resources in mid-November about which arrangement will apply to you. If you do not wish to take annual leave during the shutdown period, please consider your leave plans and apply via myUNSW for additional leave at your preferred timing.

Work from home or take voluntary annual leave

If, come December, you have already taken or applied to take your Leave Year accrual (i.e. 140 hours for full time staff, pro rata for part time staff and new starters) before 15 February 2019 and you do not have an excessive leave balance, then you will not be required to take annual leave over the shutdown period.

Of course, if you would like to take annual leave, you can do so by submitting an application via myUNSW. Alternatively, you can choose to work during this period. Given that the campus will be shutdown and facilities not generally available, you will be expected to work from home.

If you need to work on campus for compelling reasons, you should contact your Head of School to make necessary arrangements for your work area to be open during the shutdown. You will not need to apply for an exemption.

Take up to 3 days of annual leave

If, come December, you have not taken or applied to take your Leave Year accrual (i.e. 140 hours for full time staff, pro rata for part time staff and new starters) before 15 February 2019 or if you have an excessive annual leave balance, you will be required to take up to 3 days of annual leave over the UNSW Shutdown period, being Thursday 20 December, Friday 21 December and Monday 24 December 2018.

If you fall into this category, you will not need to submit an application on myUNSW for the shutdown and annual leave will be automatically processed by HR. If you need to work during this period because you are performing essential or critical services which cannot be performed at another time, you should submit a request for exemption.

For further information see the Frequently Asked Questions.