Welcome to UniCasual, a workplace information portal for Australian casual academic staff.
Produced by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) this site contains details about your workplace rights, your obligations and those of your employers, and information on how NTEU can assist you. This website aims to help you find out what you need to know to survive as a casual, and provides practical tips as well as introductions to NTEU and CAPA.
To find your local NTEU Branch, click here.
The 2nd Semester issue of Connect, the NTEU and CAPA magazine for casual academics, is now available. All casual academic members will receive a copy in the post in the coming days.
There’s nothing casual about casual employment. The working conditions experienced by tens of thousands of casual academics in Australia’s public and private universities demonstrate that ...
Are you looking for work that looks highly-paid and flexible, but is actually low hourly rates hidden behind unrealistic workloads and abysmal annual wages disguised by inconsistency of contracts? Then Sydney University is the place for you!
Here at Sydney University, casual academics are paid to mark 4,500 words per hour. All tutors know that this is unrealistic. In real terms, this means casual tutors receive around $15 per hour. This is just one of the many ways unrealistic workloads disguise underpayment of casual academics, and demonstrates why a wage increase that at least keeps pace with inflation is crucial.
Casualisation 'the dirty little secret of university expansion', union tells public parliamentary hearings into insecure employment bill
Casualisation is the “the dirty little secret of university expansion over the past decade”, the NTEU told public parliamentary hearings into insecure employment bill. General Secretary ...
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has welcomed the announcement by the Australian Greens today that it will campaign against the latest cuts to university funding and student support made ...
Hardship Funds Available for Casual and Part-Time NTEU Members who participate in the strike
The NTEU is determined to address the growth of casual and precarious labour at the University. This is a core element of our Enterprise Bargaining campaign.The Branch has been collecting money for members who suffer severe hardship by participating in the strikes. Casuals and part-time staff who are NTEU members who lose a full weeks pay by participating in the strike action either on Thursday March 07, or Tuesday March 26 and Wednesday March 27 should apply for support.
We will need proof of loss of income, NTEU membership (you must also have been a member prior to taking strike action), and a letter of request. Other members who suffer severe hardship will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Members who participate on the picket line will be given preference.•
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is banning the transmission of exam results for non-graduating offshore students enrolled at RMIT University of Technology in Melbourne over its refusal ...
Casualisation “the dirty little secret of university expansion”, union to tell public parliamentary hearings into insecure employment bill
A casual academic, who received an award for teaching excellence from the University of Sydney, has been so desperate for housing she lived on the balcony of the home of an elderly man, and ...
On Monday May 06, the Sydney University Casuals Network held a Yogaction outside the meeting of the University Senate. The action highlighted what managements' claims about "flexibility" mean in reality.
- Bending Over Backwards
- Tied Up in Knots
- Finding Balance
- Management's Own Flexibility
- Table Pose - Be Your Own Office
- Heads Down in Downward Facing Dog
- Keep it All Inside in Child's Pose
- Learn to Play Dead with Savasana
- Standing on Our Heads
You can also read an article in New Matilda written by Sharni Chan, Janin Bredehoft and Claire Parfitt, three of our casual activists.
Here is Kurt Iveson talking about casualiation and why the NTEU's academic workforce claims in the current round of Enterprise Bargaining are so important. He talks about how those claims will address the explosion of precarious and casual teaching in the University and invest in the next generations of academics. High quality education relies on high quality working conditions for staff.
Casualisation and the Academic Workforce