Professional and general staff

CSU encourages employees to undertake further education. Study leave and support is available to professional and general staff doing tertiary study.

Study leave

Professional and general staff may be able to access study leave if they are doing part-time study to enhance their professional development and career progression.

Apply for study leave

  • Eligibility

    Per the Professional and General Staff Study Leave Policy, staff who currently hold a continuing or fixed term appointment are eligible to apply for study leave upon successful completion of probation.

    Performance must be considered to be satisfactory.

    Indigenous staff may also apply for the Indigenous Staff Study Support Scheme.

    Casual staff are not eligible to apply for study leave.

  • Examples of study leave
    • A technical, trade or vocational course conducted by TAFE or a registered training organisation (RTO);
    • an enabling or bridging course;
    • an undergraduate or postgraduate course at a university;
    • any other accredited course at a tertiary institution or RTO;
    • single subjects not leading to the attainment of a formal qualification (e.g. Associate Student Program at CSU).
  • Hours of study leave

    The maximum entitlement of study leave is four hours each week, for each week in the academic session. Study leave ceases outside the academic session.

    Study leave does not accrue and any leave that is not taken on a weekly basis during each session, semester, trimester, for example, will not accrue to the following week.

    If you work part-time, you can calculate the maximum number of study leave hours you are entitled below:

    4 hours × your employment fraction as a % = Maximum number of hours per week.

    For example, 4 hours x 75% employment fraction = 3 hours maximum per week in the academic session.

  • Applying for study leave

    Study Leave is a mutual agreement between you and your manager/supervisor where approval is subject to the operating requirements of your work area.

    It is advised that you discuss your study leave requirements and submit the application to your manager/supervisor before the start of each academic session or as soon as confirmation of enrolment is received.

    Please note that approval is required from your supervisor and the Executive Dean/Executive Director or equivalent.

    You should only apply for the amount of study leave needed to meet course requirements and this may be lower than the maximum entitlement.

    If you are commencing a course, the completed application form must be accompanied by a copy of:

    • your offer of admission;
    • the full program of study that has been approved by the tertiary institution or registered training organisation; and
    • relevant subject/module details for the current academic session

    Once approval has been received, you must apply via Web Kiosk for the days that you wish to use your study leave entitlement.

  • Reapplying for study leave

    At the commencement of each new study session, you will need to complete the application form.

    If you are continuing a course, the completed application form must be accompanied by a copy of:

    • subject/module results for the previous academic session; and
    • relevant subject/module details for the current academic session

    Once approval has been received, you must apply via Web Kiosk for the days that you wish to use your study leave entitlement.

  • Attending exams

    Special leave to attend and travel to/from compulsory examinations associated with a course or nominated subject is in addition to the maximum entitlement for study leave.  Once you know the dates, you can then apply for special leave via Web Kiosk.

Study support

Indigenous Staff Study Support Scheme

CSU is committed to supporting the career development of Indigenous staff. The Indigenous Staff Study Support Scheme provides financial assistance to those staff who would like to do part-time study.

How to apply

To apply for Indigenous Staff Study Support Scheme complete the form.

Download application form

Postgraduate Study Support Scheme

The Postgraduate Study Support Scheme enables professional/general staff to undertake postgraduate study on a part-time basis in the field directly related to a current or future position.

How to apply

To apply or renew your postgraduate study support scheme, complete the relevant form:

Download application form

Download renewal form