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Staff benefits

Let us reward you for your hard work

Our staff enjoy excellent working conditions and a wide variety of financial and non-financial benefits.

When you join the University of Sydney, you become an integral part of a community in which you are fully supported to achieve your career ambitions. You’ll be in a workplace where development is encouraged and intellectual pursuits foster a sense of purpose and confidence.

Flexible work options

  • flexible working arrangements that let you balance your work and personal responsibilities
  • generous leave entitlements.

Support for you and your family

  • family-friendly working hours
  • up to 36 weeks paid parental leave
  • University Parents and Carers Network
  • breastfeeding-friendly rooms on all our campuses
  • several childcare centres near the University
  • up to 20 days paid leave in support of staff experiencing family violence.

Financial benefits

  • competitive salaries
  • a University contribution of up to 17% of base salary to your superannuation (pension) fund
  • tax-efficient salary packaging options for motor vehicles, laptops, and additional contributions to your superannuation fund
  • staff discounts on selected bank products and health insurance
  • on-campus UniSuper superannuation advice, seminars and financial advisers.
  • 50% discount to create your first will with Safewill, to safeguard your life’s work.

Career development

We offer a range of career development programs to support our staff to enhance their skills and receive peer support. In some cases, we also contribute to professional membership fees. You can take advantage of:

  • sponsorship and mentoring programs
  • study leave
  • professional leave to develop your skills and career
  • advice to help you identify and reach the 'next step' in your career
  • equity fellowships to assist researchers with disabilities, those who have had a career interruption due to primary caring duties, and help female researchers prepare for senior positions.

Career development for staff with disability

We offer targeted career development programs for our staff with disability. The Career Development Program for Staff with Disability provides access to learning and development opportunities for our academic and professional staff with a disability. The Laffan Research Fellow is awarded annually to a University of Sydney researcher with a disability and provides support to concentrate on research goals.

Employee networks

  • Pride Network that supports our LGBTIQ community
  • Women at Sydney Network
  • Mosaic Network for our culturally diverse staff
  • Disability at Work Network (DAWN)
  • Parents and Carers Network
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network
  • Executive Officers Network
  • Admin Network Group.

Health and wellbeing

  • two sport and fitness centres with benefits and discounted rates to facilities for members
  • health service with experienced GPs
  • free annual flu vaccinations
  • dentists, optometrist, pharmacies, and sports clinics
  • free counselling
  • access to Fitness Passport, a highly sought-after health and wellbeing program which offers staff and their families affordable, convenient access to over 800 gyms and pools across the locations where our colleagues live and work.
  • The University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospitals in Camperdown and Camden offer discounted services for pets of staff and students when a valid ID is provided at the time of the appointment.

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