With the agreement of the Head of an organisational unit, it is possible for general and research staff members, levels 1-7, to work within a scheme of flexible working hours.
The following must be taken into consideration when working within a flexible hours system:
- The first priority of all staff is the maintenance of effective service to the University community and to the public.
- All staff are expected to be at work during their organisational unit's core time periods. Core time periods for the University are generally 9.30am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4pm, but core times may vary according to a particular unit's requirements and at different times of the year.
- Daily working hours must fall within the span of hours as set out in the The University of Queensland Enterprise Agreement (General Staff) 2005 (doc)
As part of the agreement on flexible working hours, one of the following schemes of work must be specified:
- a standard day of 7 hours 15 minutes with variations in starting times;
- the four-and-a-half day week: the employee works 36 hours 15 minutes in 4 1/2 days at the rate of 8 hours per full day and 4 hours 15 minutes per part day;
- the nine-day fortnight: the employee works 72 hours 30 minutes in nine days;
- flexitime: subject to an organisational unit's requirements, staff may vary the time of starting work in the morning and/or the length of lunch break and/or time of ceasing work;
- voluntary banked time: by mutual agreement with their supervisor, staff members working under a flexitime or nine-day fortnight scheme may accrue a credit of up to five working days in excess of ordinary hours worked.
The following policy on flexible working hours is fully documented in the Handbook of University Policies and Procedures (HUPP):