Getting Set Up
Faculty Induction Session
The Faculty runs a comprehensive Induction Session Program for all sessional tutors through BEL+T. The program offers a focus on teaching practices, as well as an opportunity for sessional staff from across ABP to connect. It is also available to non-sessional teaching staff in ABP.
There are two types of 2-hr workshops within the program, ABP Teaching Fundamentals and ABP Teaching Online. Both sessions incorporate prepared online materials and live activities. Session details and supporting materials, booking links and online access is via ABP Teaching Community. Staff with Unimelb logins can self-enroll through this link if necessary. New ABP sessional staff, or late contracts with a UoM student or non-UoM email address, should contact BEL+T at firstname.lastname@example.org for access (only while contracts are being finalised).
The 2-hr ABP Teaching Fundamentals session includes paid time to complete Introduction to ABP, and ABP Covid-safe Teaching information.
The 2-hr ABP Teaching Online session includes paid time to complete ABP Teaching Online Preparation and Assessment + Feedback
Staff will be paid a max of 4hrs for engagement with these sessions. This can be added in the timecard as Casual Academic Support rate A.2 (formerly ORAA rate). Instructions and Themis code details are under Tutor Induction.
Every staff member of the University needs a Staff ID CARD. Your staff card also acts as your access card and is used for parking and most office printers. Your staff card will also give you access to general areas in your Faculty/Department. If additional building access is required, you will need to contact your supervisor or authorised approver for your department to have access programmed on your card for relevant access.
Your UNIMELB EMAIL address will be provided when you have set up your staff card, and will remain active for four weeks after the completion of the contract.
All staff are expected to check their EMAIL address regularly, and to respond to student queries quickly.
All teaching-related correspondence must be via your unimelb EMAIL address, and all students must use their unimelb.student address for teaching-related queries. If students email you at a different address, you will need to discourage them, and to reply from your unimelb email.
CASUAL EMPLOYEES COMPLIANCE TRAINING’ can be completed via TrainMe. TrainME (requires login)
Sessional staff must complete the Casual Compliance (TrainME) module within the first month of onboarding for a semester, if not already completed within the past two years. Staff will need current contracts and logins to access this 30min training. Please note that those staff who need to complete this activity should do so directly after/before a teaching activity, or another non-teaching subject work (min 2hrs total for these).
Sessional Staff can claim 0.5 hours payment as ‘Casual Academic Support - Lvl A.2 or Level A.6 (phD)' for this activity. Information and the Themis code to claim is under OHS Training here.
Under18s + WWCC check
As you will know, all academic teaching and teaching support casual/sessional staff are now required to successfully complete a WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK prior to commencing employment at the University, as well as any other casual staff (including casual RAs) engaged in work that involves direct contact (including electronic contact) with any person under the age of 18 as identified by the University. This requirement applies regardless of the length of the contract or estimated number of hours for which the staff member is engaged. Please also note that your duty of care, when teaching more junior students, should be considered in your interactions with them.
The SERVICE NOW portal assists with requests for IT services or repairs, as well as discussion boards to assist staff with queries.
UniMelb Staff Hub
The STAFF HUB includes news items from across the University to stay up to date, as well as access to systems and policies, as well as support.
LIBRARY ACCESS is automatic with a current Staff Card. It applies to all Libraries in the University, even Rowden White (for non-academic resources).