Staff Support

Working from home during COVID-19

We understand that this is a tough time, not only for our Students but for our staff and their families as well. Your health and wellbeing and that of your family is important to us. Without you, we cannot continue to deliver the Learning and Teaching services and support to our students.

Working from home is a new (and sometimes daunting) experience for most of us. Add to the pressures of possibly sharing a workspace with other members of your household and/or assisting children with home schooling, we face challenges which we may have never had to address before. To assist you, we have brought together some useful tips and tools to help you navigate through some of these working from home obstacles.

Staff can also access support through the Work Health, Safety and Wellbeing Unit.

As an extension of WSU duty of care, our staff are entitled to free, confidential counselling services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) contactable on 1800 818 728.  Information on the EAP and how to go about getting an appointment is available via this link.

Vaccination for Your Community

How to apply

Your COVID-19 Immunisation History can be downloaded as a PDF from your MyGov.au account via the Medicare tab, (you may have to link your Medicare account, to your MyGov account). You can then download your COVID-19 digital certificate which is located at the bottom of the Immunisation History page.

As with other leave entitlements, you can claim your special leave via Staff Online. There will be an option for Special leave in the drop-down menu under Leave Code. There will be two options to book your leave – First Vaccination and Fully Vaccinated. When you select either of these leave options, you will be prompted to attach the relevant documentation for approval (your COVID-19 Digital Certificate). Then save and submit. Your request will then be forwarded to your supervisor for their consideration and approval.

You will be entitled to up to three days paid leave (pro rata for part time staff), to be taken before by 17th December 2021, after which time the leave will expire. Please apply for this leave after you have had your vaccination. This leave does not carry forward.

You can claim payment by emailing casualemployment@westernsydney.edu.au. Be sure to provide your Staff ID, Full Name and attach the supporting documentation confirming your vaccination status. The Casual Employment Team will then process the payment for you, please note this will be paid in the corresponding pay period dependant on when the request for payment has been received. Payment will not be received immediately.

Payment for Casual Professional Employees will be 1 hour for each vaccination. A total of 2 hours to be paid at the current HEW Level & Step.

Payment for Casual Academic Employees will be 1 hour for each vaccination. A total of 2 hours to be paid at a rate of $50.81 per hour.

If you aren't planning on taking leave or applying for the one-off payment just yet, but you are fully vaccinated and willing to share this information with us, please email your COVID-19 Digital Certificate to HumanResources@westernsydney.edu.au.

The Practical Side

Your Health and Wellbeing

Following are various wellbeing resources to assist you coping with Stress and anxiety during COVID-19:

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Following are various webinars to assist you coping with Stress and anxiety during COVID-19:

  • Financial Coaching Webinar – EAP
  • Resilience – EAP (Coming Soon)
  • Working from home and relationships – EAP (Coming Soon)
  • Training for Managers – how to stay connected with your teams – EAP (Coming Soon)

Whilst working from home, it’s important you look after yourself. Below are some interesting and helpful tips and tricks to assist you in taking care of yourself.

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Online Programs

The online modules listed below can be accessed from MyCareer Online by typing the name of the module into the search field (magnifying glass icon) at the top right of the MyCareer Online homepage, or to access LinkedIn Learning directly, login with your Western Sydney University credentials using the button below.

LinkedIn Learning provides more than 9,000 video based online courses.

LinkedIn Learning is now fully integrated with MyCareer Online and accessible to all Western Sydney University staff at no cost. This means that you are now also able to access all courses directly from MyCareer Online, and all course completions will be shown on your University training record, as well as on the LinkedIn Learning system.

How to access LinkedIn in learning modules

Online Modules – Available through MyCareer Online

  • Managing Stress for Positive Change
  • Building Resilience as a Leader
  • Managing Stress
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Happiness Tips
  • Embracing unexpected Change
  • Working Remotely
  • Time Management: Working from Home
How to register and attend professional development with Zoom

Topics covered include:

  • Interpreting Learning Analytics
  • Alternative Assessment Options
  • Writing Questions for Online Exams
  • Using Turnitin and Feedback Studio
  • 8 Tips for Effective Online Discussion

Manager’s Tools – Managing your Team Virtually

Online Modules – Available through MyCareer Online

  • Managing Virtual Teams
  • Avoiding Burnout
  • Humour in the Workplace
  • Leading with Stories
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • Leading Virtual Meetings
  • Leading at a Distance
  • Leading Change