Our benefits add a great deal of value to our overall package. And some may surprise you. Obviously, benefits vary from role to role, but take a look at the principal benefits we offer our people.
At UQ you'll enjoy free access to our vast collections of printed and digital media. Click here for the UQ Library website.
Commonwealth Bank (CBA) offers UQ employees access to the CBA Employee Plus Package. More information can be obtained from the CBA website http://www.commbank.com.au/offers/workplace-banking.html or your local CBA Branch.
You are entitled to a period of 3 days of paid compassionate leave for each occasion. Where required, a further period of leave without pay for a period up to 5 days may be approved.
There are several child care centres conveniently located on our St Lucia and Gatton campuses, plus centres located within close proximity to Ipswich, Herston and the PA Hospital.
UQ has family and parenting rooms on all our campuses and provides a network group (UQBfNG) supporting mothers who are working or studying and wish to continue breast feeding their child. UQ is an accredited breastfeeding friendly workplace with the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
There are numerous food outlets on all campuses available to both staff and students. In the Brisbane CBD, Customs House offers University staff a 10% discount in their restaurant.
You are entitled to free admission at a wide range of museums within the University.
Staff have access to free lunchtime concerts in the Nickson Room, St Lucia campus on most Thursday lunchtimes during semester.
You are entitled to 20 days recreation leave per annum. Most staff members are also entitled to recreation leave loading of 17.5%.
More information can be found in our recreation leave policy.
The Vice - Chancellor has the discretion to grant an additional 3 days paid leave, “Christmas/New Year University Leave”, covering the period between Christmas and New Year. This decision is made on an annual basis. Staff members do not have to use their annual leave when Christmas/New Year University Leave is granted.
The University offers competitively priced IT services for personal use. The services include the provision of internet services from home. To find out more, visit the website.
For travelling between campuses during semester, UQ offers a bus shuttle service for its staff and students.
The Institute of Modern Languages (IML) on St Lucia campus offers a 5% staff discount on language courses in over 30 languages.
When you've completed 10 years' unbroken service you will be entitled to 13 weeks long service leave. Years of service at other universities may be recognised in the total completed years of service that enable access to this entitlement.
The Chaplaincy Service has a team of people from different faith communities who are available to support staff and students with a range of needs in personal, family or spiritual life. Centres are established at St Lucia, Ipswich and Gatton campuses.
Community service leave is available for eligible community activities such as jury service and voluntary emergency management activities. The latter includes paid leave of up to five days per occasion, with a cap of 16 days in any 12 month period.
Defence Forces leave is available for service with the Defence Reserve, as defined under the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001.
Leave to attend court may be granted as leave or as special leave without pay, or recreation leave depending on the circumstances.
To find out about other services that we have on offer at UQ, click on the links below.
As primary care giver you are entitled to 26 weeks paid parental leave if you've completed 12 months’ service with the University prior to commencing parental leave. If you have not completed 12 months’ service prior to commencing leave you are entitled to between 26 - 52 weeks unpaid leave.
Some staff members may also be entitled to up to an additional 52 weeks unpaid parental leave. New parents who are not the primary care giver for the child are entitled to one week paternity leave with full pay if they've completed 12 months’ service with the University at the expected birth or adoption of the child.
More information on Parental leave can be found in our policy.
There are designated areas for car/motorbike parking on each campus, with charges levied at St Lucia, Herston and Ipswich campuses. The University has set aside particular parking bays for people requiring special consideration. Visit our special need parking web page for more information. There are also cycle racks available at all of the University's sites. St Lucia campus is well serviced by public transport. Click here to find out more.
Full time staff accrue personal leave at the rate of 10 days per annum. Academic staff are entitled to an additional 35 days leave per annum to cover absences as a result of illness. This is non-cumulative. Staff members are also provided with an additional 5 days non-cumulative carer’s leave per year.
If you're unfortunate enough to suffer from an illness that requires extended leave, further support may be available via temporary and permanent disability arrangements through your superannuation scheme.
You can request personal leave for the short-term care of immediate family or member of your household once your 5 days of carer’s leave is exhausted. This is at your manager's discretion.
More information can be obtained from our personal leave policy.
If you need to move to join the University, we may offer relocation expenses on appointment. For more details please refer to the policy.
The Schonell Theatre on St Lucia campus hosts live events and cinema screenings. UQ staff are entitled to discounted cinema tickets. For more information visit the website.
The UQ Union has a large number of student clubs registered, several of which are open to staff members.
The University has many sporting facilities and all staff are eligible to join UQ Sport or use the facilities on a casual basis. The UQ Wellness Program is an adult health and wellbeing program designed to encourage University staff to adopt a healthy work life balance through promotion of good health and wellbeing. The program facilitates opportunities for staff to assess their level of health and wellbeing and consider actions for improvement. The program has a range of information and activities available, is voluntary and available to all staff.
The University of Queensland is a proud sponsor of the Brisbane Institute and staff receive discounted admission to all regular Institute events.
For a consultation or for emergency animal care, please phone the Clinic on 3365 2110 St Lucia, or 5460 1788 Gatton (all hours, 7 days).
UQ offers competitive salary rates for academics, professional staff and language teachers. The current rates can be found here.
Superannuation is one of the most valuable benefits we offer. As a new starter with a minimum 2 year contract, you only need to put 7% of your salary into the scheme, while the University adds around 17% of your salary.
Junior staff (HEW 3 and below) generally make a 3.5% member contribution, but can choose to make a lesser (or no) contribution. A “half contributor” member (making a 3.5% contribution) is entitled to half the rate of benefits payable to a “full contributor”. You may elect to become a “full contributor” by contributing 7.0% of superannuable salary (in which case the total employer contribution will be an amount equal to 17% of your superannuable salary).
Staff appointed to research positions may also have similar superannuation conditions to the above provided that their appointment with UQ is for a period of ten months or more and the research grant is able to sustain 17% employer contributions. Appointments on a short term contract basis qualify for 9% of employer contribution; no member contribution will apply unless the member formally notifies UniSuper of a decision to do so (this may be salary sacrificed).
Click here for more information on UniSuper.
Salary packaging is a means of providing employees with the ability to change the structure of their remuneration package and receive part of their salary in the form of non-cash benefits. A deduction for the benefit option is made from your gross salary (pre-tax) thus reducing your taxable income and the amount of tax payable. You may be eligible to salary package superannuation, University car parking, laptops, motor vehicle leasing and UQconnect Internet Services.
More information about salary packaging at UQ can be found here.