Policy: Paid outside work – the 52 day rule
- University Intellectual Property – including that developed by the member of staff, but excluding know-how;
- Professional staff time;
- Research assistant staff time;
- Libraries, Laboratories and other Facilities; or
- ANU Email accounts, phone numbers
- Computers, servers, telephones and printers;
- Office space;
52 day rule
- Full-time members of academic staff may engage in up to fifty-two (52) days of Paid outside work activity per calendar year. The period for staff members holding fractional appointments is calculated on a pro-rata basis.
- The 52 day rule does not apply to the following activities. These activities are outside the scope of the policy and staff do not need to obtain permission when engaging in them, unless in situations where clarification is required:
- ex-officio Company Directorships;
- remunerated activities connected to academia, such as peer review, service on boards or media interviews, to the extent that these do not conflict with the performance of staff duties (refer conflict section below);
- paid work undertaken with no connection to the staff member’s employment or professional skills used in relation to the staff member’s employment (e.g. part-time fitness instructor) – provided the additional paid work undertaken does not damage the reputation of the University, and does not represent a conflict of interest, commitment or priority (refer conflict section below) and which is undertaken outside of the normal hours of work or agreed by relevant Supervisor;
- activities relating to an approved Outside Studies Program – see Outside Studies Program (OSP) procedure section 23;
- Other Activities as defined in this policy.
- All Paid outside work must be approved by the authorised Delegate following the procedure set out in Paid outside work – the 52 day rule Procedure. Undertaking or agreeing to undertake work without first obtaining approval may result in disciplinary action under the University's Enterprise Agreement.
- In approving Paid outside work for externally-funded staff (such as Fellows and fixed-term project staff, Delegates must ensure that the proposed work is consistent with any contractual obligations the University may have with the funding agency, and pay particular attention to real or perceived conflicts of interest and commitment.
- Approvals for Personal Consultancies other than Professional Practice must be renewed every twelve (12) months. Approvals for Professional Practice are only required every three years or where there is a significant change to the pattern of work.
- Any Paid outside work including a Research Project component must be undertaken as a University Consultancy or Research Project.
Conflict of interest and priority
- Members of staff undertaking Paid outside work must ensure that:
- Priority is given to University duties and responsibilities;
- Conflicts or perceived conflicts of interest between Paid outside work and University responsibilities are managed according to the University policy and procedure on Conflict of Interest and Commitment, and clause 23 of the Enterprise Agreement 2013-2016. Conflicts of Interest in academia and industry are common, and include (but are not limited to);
- Close personal relationships (relatives, other financial dependent persons, a de facto partner, or any person with whom there is currently or has been an intimate relationship)
- Financial conflicts of interest, e.g. staff involvement or holdings in external companies
- Reputational conflicts between external work and the staff member’s University position
- Time conflicts between expectations of the staff member’s University position and the external work (e.g. for externally-funded staff)
Private nature of paid outside work
- Each member of staff is personally responsible and wholly liable for all expenses, insurances, taxation, reports and contractual obligations arising from Paid outside work.
- Paid outside work is not a University business or activity. Except in limited Professional Practice situations set out in clause 10, each member of staff must ensure that they do not represent themselves as acting as an employee of the University through use of the name of the University or any academic organization unit or other area; or use of ABN or insignia – including the use of University logo, business cards, email accounts, phone numbers or letterhead.
- For staff expected to undertake Professional Practice in order to maintain accreditation, members are able to use their University affiliation and email where there is an institutional-level agreement between the ANU and the organisation contracting the staff member, or where the individual’s employment with the University requires such service. The staff member should ensure it remains clear that the Professional Practice work is not performed as University business. Where an institutional-level agreement exists, the requirement in clause 11 that services are carried out in a personal capacity may not be relevant, depending on the conditions of employment.
- Each member of staff must ensure that any agreement or contract for the staff member to perform Paid outside work is in their personal name and does not refer to the University either as a party, or in any other way. If required, the Supervisor of a staff member seeking to engage in Paid outside work may require the staff member to provide written confirmation from the third party that they understand that the services being provided by the staff member under that contract with the third-party are carried out in a personal capacity completely separate to their University duties.
- University Resources are not to be used by members of staff undertaking Paid outside work. Staff members using University Resources, including incidentally, indemnify ANU against any costs or claims arising from such use. Activities that plan to use University Resources must be treated as University Consultancies.
- Non-compliance with this policy may be considered a breach of the ANU Code of Conduct.
Insurance and other expenses
- Insurances held by the University do not cover staff members engaged in Paid outside work. Staff members are liable for their activities in relation to any Paid outside work and should take advice as to what insurances they should take out for any potential liability they may incur through the performance of the relevant contract.
- Staff members should ensure that they have relevant sickness or injury insurances as required prior to undertaking Paid outside work, as these activities are outside the coverage of the University’s insurance schemes including workers’ compensation.
Review of Decision
- Under the current Enterprise Agreement 2013-2016, a staff member may seek a review of a decision taken in relation to approval or otherwise for Paid outside work in accordance with clause 23 (outside work) –and the Review of Decision provision clause 78.
|Printable version (PDF)|
|Title||Paid outside work – the 52 day rule|
|Purpose||To establish the framework for ANU staff undertaking consultancies and professional activities as paid outside work|
|Topic/ SubTopic||Research - Grants & Consultancies|
|Effective Date||1 Apr 2015|
|Review Date||1 Apr 2018|
|Responsible Officer:||Director, Research Services|
|Contact Area||Research Services|
Australian National University Act 1991
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014
ANU Enterprise Agreement 2017 – 2021
On 9 April 2021, the ANU Council assigned authority to approve academic policy to the Academic Board.