Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection: what you need to know

Last updated Wednesday 1 April, 2pm

The University is closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and will continue to follow the advice of the Australian Government and NSW Health. 

We're committed to doing all we can to help our affected students and community members and will continue to keep both students and staff updated. 

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Latest updates

Wednesday 1 April

  • Following the Vice-Chancellor’s announcement, the intranet has been updated with additional information about the two concessional days of leave for staff in July 2020. 
  • Staff are advised that they should adhere to the latest NSW and federal government direction regarding social distancing and rules for gatherings. Guidelines for social distancing at the University of Sydney are also available. 
  • Staff with queries about their eligibility for government support are advised to visit the Services Australia website. There are various criteria applied to different sorts of government support available and the University is not able to provide specific advice on this.

Friday 27 March

The Vice-Chancellor has sent an email to staff with updates about additional concessional leave days, our grading system, online exams, temporary parking permits and campus access as a result of COVID-19.

Thursday 26 March

Wednesday 25 March


Support for staff

COVID-19 Leave Arrangements 

In response to the current extraordinary circumstances, in addition to the normal leave entitlements available under the Enterprise Agreement, and/or relevant Statute, a special leave entitlement (COVID-19 Special Leave) of up to 10 days will be available to permanent, fixed term and casual staff to support them in dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. 

Additional concessional leave days

 As per the Vice-Chancellor’s announcement, Friday 17 and Monday 20 July are to be considered concessional days in acknowledgement of staff contribution to the COVID-19 response. The concessional leave applies in the same way it would over the closedown period, except for casual staff. These concessional days are in addition to those prescribed by the Enterprise Agreement and will be paid as follows:

The concessional days apply to all staff who are rostered to work on Friday 17 and/or Monday 20 July 2020.

For full-time continuing and fixed term staff, and part-time continuing and fixed term staff who would normally work on these days, this means that, unless you are providing an essential service, you will not be required to work on those days and will be paid as normal.   

For those staff who are advised that they are required to work on those days, you will be able to take an alternative two days as time in lieu at a later time, as agreed with your supervisor. 

For part-time continuing and fixed term staff who would not normally work on a Friday or a Monday, there is no change to your working weeks because of the concessional days. 

Continuing and fixed-term staff do not need to apply for the leave or take any action, the concessional leave and any required adjustments to pre-booked leave will be automatically uploaded and adjusted by the HR Service Centre.

The July 2020 concessional leave is being extended to casual staff who are rostered to work on 17 and 20 July. This applies only to the COVID-19 July concessional leave and does not apply to the concessional leave over the annual closedown.

Casual staff who are/would have been rostered to work on Friday 17 and/or Monday 20 July will be paid for their rostered hours but will not be required to work on those days, unless they are working in an essential service.  

Any casual staff member who is rostered to work in an essential service on 17 and/or 20 July will be paid their normal casual pay on those days and will be provided with equivalent payment effectively as time in lieu on alternative days, as agreed with your supervisor.

Casual staff will need to complete timesheets recording the hours they were rostered to work – putting ‘COVID-19 Concessional’ in the reason field – and submit to their supervisor.