Benefits of working at USC

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Benefits of working at USC

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At USC we offer you a career with many opportunities, whilst being part of a growing, forward-thinking organisation. We not only provide attractive benefits, we also support our staff throughout their life with USC by considering their unique needs and aspirations. Most importantly, we want our staff to be happy and healthy with a fulfilling career.

Make a Difference

Working at USC gives you the opportunity to contribute to your community and beyond.

From the quality education of our students, to national and international research conducted by our staff and students and partnerships with our local communities…..whatever role you’re in, academic or professional, you will contribute to making real improvements to our world.

Career Enhancement
  • Comprehensive range of professional development activities available throughout the year
  • Specialised leadership and management programs
  • Opportunities for staff to undertake a project and immerse themselves in another Australian or overseas organisation through our Professional Development Program
  • Study Assistance
  • Academic promotion
Financial
  • Generous remuneration, including up to 17% employer superannuation contributions with UniSuper
  • Salary packaging options
  • Paid parental leave scheme
  • Recognition of prior service for carry over of long service leave entitlements from other approved organisations
  • Discounted rates for private health cover
  • Discounts at select local businesses
Health and Wellbeing
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • A varying program of health and wellbeing initiatives, including activities like bocce, volleyball and netball competitions, step challenges, swimming carnival as well as tai chi and mindfulness sessions.
  • Fitness Passport giving staff and their families access to multiple gyms and swimming pools in the local area at a low cost
  • Free flu vaccinations
  • USC Singers chorale group open to staff, students and the community
Diversity

USC is committed to creating a work and study environment that values diversity, facilitates equitable access and full participation and encourages all members of the University community to take personal responsibility to eliminate discriminatory practices. This is realised through a number of initiatives and staff resources:

  • Signatory to the Australian Human Rights Commission campaign “Racism. It stops with me.”
  • Annual USC Diversity Week event
  • Participant in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot, a national program addressing gender equality for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
  • Indigenous employment and career development strategy
  • Reconciliation Action Plan
  • USC Ally Network for LGBTIQ staff and students
  • Disability Action Plan
Flexible Work Options

USC recognises that staff members have personal responsibilities outside the workplace and have a range of flexible work arrangements available to support staff in maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Part-time Working Arrangement

A staff member may request a temporary change to their employment fraction (for example from full-time to part-time) so that they are able to work a different number of hours. When a staff member enters into a part-time working arrangement, salary, leave accruals and other entitlements and benefits will, in general, apply on a pro-rata basis. The variation to employment fraction is for a specific period of time, at which point the arrangement can either be reviewed or cancelled.

Job Sharing

Job sharing is a form of part-time work where a single position is shared between two or more staff members, with the position’s duties and responsibilities divided between the staff members. Job sharing is a voluntary arrangement, usually at the same level but not necessarily the same salary increment. Staff sharing a job can work alternative days or weeks, on the same days or weeks, or other arrangements that meet the operational requirements of the work area.

Flexible work hours for professional staff

The Flexible Working Arrangements Guidelines provides staff with the opportunity and flexibility to achieve a better balance between their personal and working lives. The arrangement allows for staff to accrue 'flex-time', during a 4-week work cycle that can then be taken as time off work without loss of pay at a later date.

Purchased leave

​Under the Enterprise Agreement, Flexibility Term clause, staff can apply to purchase up to four weeks additional recreation leave​ per year.

Variety of leave options

USC offers a range of leave options for staff with family and carer responsibilities, including:

  • ​Recreation leave
  • Sick leave
  • Parental leave
  • Carers leave
  • Leave without pay
  • Special leave
  • Bereavement / compassionate leave
  • Domestic and Family Violence leave

Study assistance

Study assistance is intended to support the development of staff. Financial assistance and leave to attend classes and examinations may be granted to eligible staff members enrolled in an approved program. The Study Assistance Policy sets out the assistance available to staff members to improve their education and the conditions under which financial and other assistance can be granted.

Working from home

The opportunity to work from home is available to both Academic and Professional staff, although work from home can only occur by formal agreement between the University and a staff member. Any work from home arrangement must be in accordance with the Working from Home Guidelines and our duty to provide a safe and healthy work environment remains unchanged even if staff work from home.

Children on campus

The Children on Campus Policy outlines the conditions under which children are permitted to be on USC premises, recognising that there will be occasions when it may be necessary for children to accompany their parent/carer on campus.​

Pre-Retirement Contracts

Pre-retirement flexibility arrangements and contracts can be requested by a staff member to vary their employment arrangements in the lead up to retirement.

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