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ANU Staff newsletter

Tuesday 7 February

All the important campus news, events and opportunities for ANU staff. In your inbox every Tuesday. 

What you need to know

  • Our thoughts are with our staff and students impacted by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. If you are affected, ANU has support services available for all staff through our Employee Assistance Program.
  • Free rapid antigen tests (RATs) and P2 masks will be distributed at the Kambri Hub for all staff and students from next week:  
    • Available between 10am – 4pm in the Kambri Hub on Joplin Lane on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February, and Tuesday 21 – Thursday 23 February.  
    • Bring your staff ID to collect (one pack per person).  
    • Please remember to be kind and patient when collecting your pack. Our volunteers are doing their best to help keep our community safe. 
    • You must continue to notify ANU using the e-form if you test positive. Read more on COVID-Safety on campus.
  • Yesterday there was a Service Outage affecting authentication systems. Read the Chief Information Security Officer’s (CISO) message.

Vice-Chancellor announces he will step down in December

Last week Chancellor the Hon Julie Bishop and Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian P. Schmidt shared their vision for the year ahead in the annual 2023 State of the University address to ANU staff. 

As a part of that address, Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt announced his intention to step down as Vice-Chancellor at the end of the year after eight years in the role. Brian will return to Mount Stromlo to continue his research and teaching as an ANU professor of astronomy. 

Read or watch the full speech here

Meet the new Director of the Crawford School

World-leading public management expert Professor Janine O’Flynn has re-joined ANU to head the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy as the new Director.  

“To be asked to lead the School is a huge privilege. I plan to build on the outstanding reputation and stature of the Crawford School and ensure the School is seen as the best public policy school in the region and in the world.” 

Read more about Janine

Events & activities

2023 Commencement Address

Monday 13 February, 10-11am, followed by morning tea 

In person tickets for the 2023 Commencement Address have sold out! Commencement is the opening event for ANU Orientation Week and serves as an opportunity to welcome new students to our campus. 

You can still join in on the event virtually so please register. If you are registered (in-person) and can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket so those on the wait list can take your place.

Watch virtually or put your name on the wait list


In Conversation with Geoff Mulgan 

Tuesday 14 February, 5.30-7pm 

The ANU School of Cybernetics is co-presenting a book launch and discussion supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation with Sir Geoff Mulgan, professor of collective intelligence, public policy and social innovation at the University of College London. He will be in conversation with Associate Professor Catherine Ball to discuss his new book and explore how collective intelligence might be applied to cybernetics to inspire new models of engagement and governance, critical thinking and doing and systems reform. 

Register for the Book Launch 



Apply to be a part of this year’s Winter Innovation Festival 

ANU is a partner of the ACT Government and Events ACT’s Winter Innovation Festival this year. The Festival runs from Friday 7 July – Sunday 16 July 2023 and is an opportunity to showcase the creativity that exists in Canberra in the innovations space. 

Innovators, artists, creatives, businesses, community organisations and researchers, can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for grants between $5,000 and $20,000. The grant will support events and activities that are uniquely Canberra and people focused. Don’t miss the deadline and get your EOI in before 5pm, Sunday 12 February 2023. 


Enrol in a Continuing Education Course  

Did you know as an ANU Staff member you are eligible for discounted Continuing Education courses?  

Start learning Italian or Medieval History. Or learn new skills like how to produce your own videos or paint your own masterpieces. 

ANU staff are eligible for a 50 per cent discount. Email the Continuing Education team to request the code. 

Courses start soon so book in your seat now. 


There has been an amendment to the Fair Work Act 2009 which replaces the current entitlement to family and domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards. From 1 February 2023, all full-time, part-time and casual employees will be able to access ten days of paid, and five days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave in a 12-month period.  

For more information regarding this change see the fact sheet on domestic violence leave. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for all staff. Please reach out for support if you need. 

Services' fun fact for the week 

As of November 2022, the University Legal Office had opened 1,337 new files across every College and Portfolio. Each file represents the ULO assisting that area with general legal advice, contract negotiation support and much more. If each file was printed and placed side by side, it would loop around Fellows Oval twice!  


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