Are you involved in Community Service activities? Find out what leave entitlements are available for you when you need to participate in certain community service activities such as providing jury service or firefighting and emergency assistance.
The HR Advisory Service often receives enquiries from staff about their involvement and participation in community service activities. ACU has a range of leave entitlements available to support a number of different circumstances relevant to a staff member’s involvement with the community.
You may be eligible to request Community Service Leave in the following circumstances:
Court appearances (where the staff member has been subpoenaed to appear as a witness for the Crown);
Firefighting and emergency assistance;
Volunteer in a Governmental declared State of Emergency;
Leave to contest elections;
Attendance at arbitration proceedings; and
Community service contributions including representation at major cultural, social and sporting events.
Once you have discussed your individual circumstances with your nominated supervisor and the relevant leave type has been identified, you should submit your application for leave through Staff Connect indicate the type of community service leave that you require.
The maximum period of Community Service Leave will be five (5) days per annum on full pay. However, additional time may be granted by the University.
Casual and sessional staff are entitled to up to five (5) days of unpaid Community Service Leave (including unpaid leave for Jury Service).
For more information:
In the first instance, speak to your nominated supervisor about your community service involvement. If you then require further advice, contact the HR Advisory Service on firstname.lastname@example.org or call extension 4222; or for an overview of the different types of leave and the circumstances to which they may apply, please refer to the Community Service Leave Policy.