Human Resources have been working on a revised version of the Smoke-free University HSW Handbook chapter.

The key changes to the chapter for noting are  –

  • The inclusion of e-cigarette products in the scope of the chapter
    This is in response to a change in the legislation.  As of 31 March 2019, e-cigarette products in SA are also now regulated through the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products Act 1997.
    The new laws cover all e-cigarette products (including e-cigarettes and accessories such as cartridges and liquids) and tobacco.
  • Removal of the requirement to provide information during a local induction and capturing a record on the School/Branch/area Training Needs Analysis.
    Information to inform staff, students and visitors of a “Smoke-free University” will be provided through campus signage, the University induction (for staff) and the HSW Website.


It would be appreciated if you could review and provide any feedback/suggested amendments to the HSW Team

via email using track changes before COB – Friday 10 January 2020.

Further information

Should you wish to discuss any of the changes or requirements please do not hesitate to contact your Senior HSW Advisor.

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At this time to ensure the ongoing safety of staff and students, the University has invoked a temporary ban on travel to Hong Kong.

Our travel provider Campus Travel (now FCM Travel) will not facilitate bookings where Hong Kong is the final destination of travel at this time.

Staff whose final destination is not Hong Kong but who transit through Hong Kong International Airport are asked to consider alternative options.

Where there are no alternative options staff are advised to spend any transit time airside at the airport to minimise the risks to their safety and security.

If you have any queries relating to staff safety and Hong Kong, in the first instance please direct these to Gerald Buttfield, Director, Health Safety and Wellbeing at or on 8313 6079.

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The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Gas cylinders and compressed gases, to guide workers and supervisors in general precautions and emergency responses.

The information should be read in conjunction with the Chemical Safety Management HSW Handbook chapter.

It includes information on:

  • the general hazards of compressed gases;
  • how to identify gas cylinders;
  • the general rules for use;
  • the maintenance requirements including portable regulator inspection and testing; and
  • the general rules for storing, transporting and disposing of gas cylinders.

Further information

Should you require further information please contact your local HSW contact.

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In accordance with clause 4.1.4 of the Enterprise Agreement, leave loading payments will be made to eligible staff on pay day 6 December 2019. The calculation of annual leave loading is based on 17.5% of four (4) weeks of your salary. This will be capped at the Higher Education Officer Level 9 step 1, except where […]

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Following a recent discussion at the HSW Community of Practice, it was identified that there have been instances where the University and another organisation have a collaborative project and arrangement in place, but the responsibilities for HSW have not been clearly defined at the commencement of the project.  This becomes problematic during day-to-day operations and […]

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This Safe Work Month, SafeWork SA are raising awareness on managing the risks associated with Elevating Work Platforms (EWPs). Three information sheets have been created to assist workers operating this machinery. Safe operation of elevating work platform The safe operation of EWPs information sheet covers a range of safety requirements including: selecting the appropriate equipment for the task pre-operational checks positioning and stability use of […]

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The University will be closed for business from Wednesday, 25 December 2019 and will reopen in the new year on Thursday, 2 January 2020. Public Holidays and Annual Leave Days Wednesday 25 December 2019 Christmas Day Public Holiday Thursday 26 December 2019 Proclamation Day Public Holiday Friday 27 December 2019 University Day as per clause […]

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The revised HSW Policy has now been posted on the HSW Website. The revised version: incorporates the change of Delegation Holder, from the Vice-Chancellor and President, to the Executive Dean and Divisional Head to approve “Very high” residual risk activities.  (Noting approval for travel to a DFAT 3 or 4 high risk destination also requires […]

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Is this the employment contract I need? When recruiting new staff, it is important to use the right type of employment contract. If a fixed term contract is what you have in mind, be sure to choose one of the options set out in clause 2.3 of the University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021 (‘Enterprise […]

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This National Safe Work Month we ask you to ‘Be a Safety Champion’ and commit to building safe and healthy workplaces by promoting the importance of ensuring health at safety at your workplace. Anyone, workers, employees, managers, supervisors, teams and organisations can be leaders in work health and safety. Safe Work Australia has many resources to help […]

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