Casual Academic Staff - Procedures

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1. Purpose and Objectives

These procedures outline the minimum requirements the University expects organisational units to follow in relation to the recruitment and selection process for casual academics, including advertisement of vacancies, applications, selection and appointment. These procedures also address minimum standards relating to induction, resources and facilities, and staff development for casual academic staff.

These procedures supplement and apply in accordance with the Enterprise Agreement.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

Enterprise Agreement – The University of Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014 - 2017

3. Procedures Scope/Coverage

These procedures apply to casual academic staff.

4. Procedures Statement

4.1 The University of Queensland is committed to an equitable and consistent approach to the recruitment, selection, employment and development of casual academic staff. Casual academic staff employment conditions are derived from the Enterprise Agreement.

4.2 Casual academic staff are normally employed to provide lecturing, tutoring and/or assessment support for UQ courses during a semester. A casual academic is employed at the prescribed hourly rate for a defined period of time, during which the duties are determined by the Head of the organisational unit (or their approved delegate). A casual academic staff member is appointed to supplement the work of teaching staff.

4.3 Casual academic staff who provide limited or infrequent teaching, such as a single session or lecture, or assessment of a single item are exempt from certain areas of the procedures, specifically Sections 7.1, 8 and 9.

4.4 Generally, casual academic staff who are scholarship holders have employment restrictions, which may include a restriction on the number of paid hours worked. For further information on scholarships, refer to the UQ Graduate School website.

5. Recruitment and Selection

The University’s principles of recruitment and selection are outlined in PPL 5.30.01a Recruitment and Selection – Policy.

All stages of the recruitment and selection process must conform with the provisions of various Acts of Parliament. Information on these Acts is available from the Australian Human Rights Commission website and from the University’s Equity and Diversity website.

The stages of the University’s recruitment process are simplified for casual academic staff as follows but must not compromise the University’s principles of non-discrimination and appointment on the basis of merit.

5.1 Stage 1 – Vacancy

5.1.1 Pool – Vacancies for casual academic staff may be filled from a ‘pool’ of people with indicated interest that organisational units may create for this purpose. A pool may be utilised for selection and appointment over more than one teaching semester. It is recommended that the pool be regularly reviewed and refreshed to ensure a diverse pool is always available.

5.1.2 Advertisement – Where a decision has been made to advertise for casual academic staff, vacancies should be advertised normally around six weeks prior to the start of each semester. This practice will allow adequate time for each appointed casual academic to receive appropriate induction prior to the start of the semester.

5.1.3 Vacancies may be advertised either internally or externally. However, casual employment opportunities must be made known to University postgraduate students, as a preferred source of candidates.

5.2 Stage 2 - Applications

5.2.1 A Head of an organisational unit (or their approved delegate) should ensure that all applicants are made aware of these procedures.

5.2.2 A Head of an organisational unit (or their approved delegate) should ensure that all applicants are fully briefed on the University’s work entitlements and conditions for casual academic staff, full details of which are included in the Enterprise Agreement at Schedule 2 ‘Duties and Pay Calculation of Casual Academic Staff’. This information should be provided to applicants in conjunction with the casual academic application form.

5.3 Stage 3 - Selection

5.3.1 Casual academic staff should be selected on the basis of merit.

5.3.2 Selection is normally undertaken by a Program or Course coordinator responsible for the employment and coordination of casual academic staff.

5.3.3 All selection decisions should be approved by the relevant Head of organisational unit or approved delegate.

5.4 Stage 4 – Appointment

5.4.1 Whenever possible, confirmation of appointment should be provided to all new casual academic staff well in advance of their commencement of employment.

5.4.2 The Program or Course Coordinator must develop a duty statement for the casual position, which sets out the type of work to be performed, the course and time involved, and provide this to the successful candidates. A copy of the duty statement and associated detail should be signed and retained by the appointee and the Head of the organisational unit.

5.4.3 A Head of an organisational unit (or their approved delegate) must approve the appointment.

5.4.4 Human Resources require a completed Casual Appointment Form. Part A must be completed by the casual staff member and Part B by the organisational unit. The completed form must be forwarded to the relevant HR Officer who will process the details in the Aurion Human Resources system. The casual appointee will be provided with an Offer of Casual Appointment letter as their instrument of engagement in accordance with PPL 5.30.02a Approval of Staff Appointments - Policy.

6. Remuneration

Remuneration for casual academic staff is outlined in the Enterprise Agreement at Schedule 2 ‘Duties and Pay Calculation of Casual Academic Staff’. A casual staff member will be paid within 22 days of submitting a completed valid claim for payment.

7. Resources and Facilities

7.1 The University will provide appropriate resources and facilities to all casual academic staff. All casual academics, with the exception of those staff identified in Section 4.3, should be provided with access to office accommodation that includes desk and storage facilities.

7.2 Casual academic staff should normally have access to computer facilities including appropriate software.

7.3 Casual academic staff may obtain a University of Queensland staff Identification card, (see PPL 5.30.12 Identification Cards for University Staff and Associates). This card will enable library access.

7.4 The organisational unit should ensure that necessary technical support for casual academic work is available. It is recognised that the necessary level of support required will vary depending on the course.

7.5 Although the organisational unit may identify limits for the use of facilities, such as photocopying, printing, internet and telephone usage available for casual academic staff, access to these resources and facilities should normally be available and a reasonable limit set.

8. Induction

All casual academic staff, with the exception of staff identified at Section 4.3, must complete an induction program at the time of their first appointment. Full details of induction for casual academic staff are available at

9. Staff Development

Casual academic staff, with the exception of staff identified at Section 4.3 will have access to nominated programs in the University’s staff development program. The University’s training strategy for casual or sessional academic staff is available from the ITaLI Tutoring Website.

Chief Human Resources Officer Dr Al Jury
Chief Human Resources Officer Dr Al Jury