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ANU Staff Newsletter

Tuesday 23 May

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

What you need to know

  •  A reminder that Reconciliation Day Public Holiday is on Monday 29 May. National Reconciliation Week is held from Saturday 27 May to Saturday 3 June. ANU commemorates NRW on campus. Explore stories and activities
  • Enterprise Agreement (EA) negotiations are going well and we are tackling all the major issues on the University’s and the NTEU’s log of claims. Please see notices below for more details.

Striking a chord for Indigenous musicians

Yamaha Music Australia (YMA) is creating a real difference in the lives and careers of First Nations musicians by philanthropically partnering with Yil Lull Studio at the ANU School of Music.  

Yil Lull ('To Sing') Studio, led by Torres Strait Islander musician and ANU School of Music alumnus Will Kepa, is a place for First Nations people to meet, create, share and expand their stories through music. 

While you might have heard about Yil Lull Studio, you might not know Will’s story behind the naming of the Yil Lull Studio.  

Will recalls how he was gifted the name ‘Yil Lull’ for the studio and it’s a powerful story, which ties together the story of the studio and its name, with the importance of Yil Lull being here at ANU. 

Events & activities

Global Climate Policy for Philosophers

Jazz & Contemporary Student Ensembles Concert

Wednesday 24 May, 7-8pm 

Come along to an evening of dynamic performances by ANU School of Music Jazz & Contemporary students.  

Register for the Jazz & Contemporary Student Ensembles Concert

Global Climate Policy for Philosophers

ANU Orchestra in concert

Thursday 25 May, 7-9pm 

Please join the ANU Orchestra for a FREE concert in Llewellyn Hall.  

Conducted by Max McBride, the Orchestra will play the below program: 

Romeo and Juliet by Hector Berlioz 

Blue Mountains by Sally Greenaway 

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius 

Register for ANU Orchestra in concert

Righteous, Regal and Recherché?

Guided tour of Australian First Nations art and culture

Wednesday 31 May, 1-2pm 

Join a guided tour showcasing the work of Australian First Nations artists currently on display in the ANU HC Coombs Building. Commemorate National Reconciliation Week by celebrating the diverse and profound artistic expressions that encapsulate the cultural significance of Australia's First Nation communities. This tour will enable you to gain a deeper understanding, appreciation, and respect for the remarkable artistic traditions nurtured by these communities.  

Register for the guided tour of Australian First Nations art and culture

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

A spotlight on Education in Australia

Wednesday 31 May, 6-8pm 

ANU Chancellor Julie Bishop and SBS political reporter Sara Tomevska will be in conversation about the education system in Australia and how we can reduce inequities. Julie and Sara will explore how continued support for professional development of teachers and education leaders can have long-lasting impacts that benefit the education system.   

This event is free for ANU staff. Use discount code ANUVIP at check out.  

Register for A spotlight on Education in Australia

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Meet the Author – Gideon Haigh

Tuesday 6 June, 6.30-7.30pm 

Gideon Haigh will be in conversation with Tim Gavel on Gideon's new book On the Ashes, covering the greatest sporting contest of all. On the Ashes is where hope, expectation, magic and chagrin flourish in equal measure, and performance is permanently burnished. 

Register for Meet the Author with Gideon Haigh

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Meet the Author – Christine Helliwell and Mark Willacy

Wednesday 7 June, 6-7pm 

Christine Helliwell and Mark Willacy will be in conversation with Karen Middleton on Writing War, an event to launch the second edition of Christine's book Semut and Mark's Rogue Forces, which won the 2022 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Australian History and Non-fiction respectively. 

Register for Meet the Author with Christine Helliwell and Mark Willacy 

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

ANU Reconciliation Lecture 2023 in partnership with UC

Thursday 22 June, 6-7.30pm 

We are proud to announce the ANU Reconciliation Lecture 2023, in partnership with the University of Canberra, will be delivered by Professor Tom Calma AO, a Kungarakan Elder, a member of the Iwaidja people, 2023 Senior Australian of the Year and the Chancellor of the University of Canberra. 

As Australians prepare to vote on whether to enshrine an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in the Constitution, join us to hear from one of the lead architects of the proposal. 

Register for the ANU Reconciliation Lecture 2023


Enterprise Agreement negotiations

Overall, the Enterprise Agreement (EA) negotiations are going well and we are tackling all the major issues on the University’s and the NTEU’s log of claims. We have discussed approximately 70 per cent of all clauses in the EA and in the majority, we are agreeing to them “in principle”.  This means we are aligned to the outcomes each party wants to achieve though we can’t fully agree until the whole negotiation process has been completed.

We have made good progress on Flexible Working Arrangements, Parental Leave and are well advanced in our discussions on workloads and job security.

You may have heard that the National Tertiary Education Union’s (NTEU) application to hold a Protected Industrial Action Ballot has been approved. What this means is that the NTEU can now ask its University membership to vote on whether to take industrial action. For NTEU members participation is voluntary. The University recognises this is a part of the bargaining process and the NTEU’s right to undertake this.

In summary, we are in a good place, the relationship with the NTEU is positive and respectful. We are making good progress and we are confident we will be in a position to put to our employees an endorsed agreement by all of the bargaining representatives in the near future.


ANU Coursework Student Financial Support Strategy  

Chaired by Bree Slater, Director, Academic Initiatives (Service Improvement), the ANU Scholarship Strategy Working Group has produced the ANU Coursework Student Financial Support Strategy.  

The Strategy supports the ANU by 2025 Strategic Plan and provides guidelines for establishing new coursework scholarships, grants and bursaries as well as guidelines for management of existing coursework scholarships, bursaries and grants, from inception to auditing. The Strategy is an aspirational strategy with a number of actions required across the University to implement, with further discussions to be led by areas such as Directorate of Student and Academic Services and Advancement.  

Read the strategy


ANU upgrades to Google Accounts to GA4 – Announcement 

The International Strategy and Future Student Division Web team is in the process of upgrading the ANU Google Analytics platform from UA accounts to GA4 accounts. This upgrade is essential as an industry requirement, with Google ceasing to process data on old accounts from July 2023. 

As the new upgrade project rolls out, please be advised that the current Google Analytics accounts sitting with Central will be automatically migrated and linked to their respective ad accounts. If there are any special data points were tracking or generating reports is of use, contact the ISFSD-Web Team for assistance via the Service Desk. 

This upgrade will provide significant benefits to ANU, with new features and insights available. 


ANU Travel Policy & Procedures – Changes  

The Senior Management Group (SMG) has endorsed the revised ANU Travel Policy and creation of a new Travel Handbook which contains all travel related procedures and useful information. 

A series of in-person and online information sessions are scheduled this month to inform staff of key changes.  

Please find upcoming session times below: 


Wednesday 24 May, 1.30-2.15pm  

Birch Theatre 

Reserve your spot

Thursday 25 May, 2-2.45pm 

WK Hancock, West Wing Room 2.24  

Reserve your spot

Friday 26 May 11-11.45am  

Haydon Allen, Room 1207  

Reserve your spot



Tuesday 30 May, 2.15-3pm  

Reserve your spot

Wednesday 31 May, 9.15-10am  

Reserve your spot 

The online sessions will be recorded and made available for anyone who is unable to attend. 

2023 ANU Alumni Awards- Nominations now open

Do you know an ANU graduate or student volunteer who has excelled and inspires others?  

The ANU Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate the diverse achievements of our alumni, and student volunteers, who are making a real difference in the world. The awards showcase the skills, passion and achievements that make ANU alumni leaders in the community.  

Read about last year’s winners, a group of outstanding individuals who are not only excelling in their fields but also making a transformative impact on communities worldwide, driving positive change and improving lives. 

Nominations close on Tuesday 4 July 2023 at midnight.  

“It’s on you to make a change” 

75th Anniversary Debate: University of the future

Hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about how non-Indigenous Australians can be allies against racism. Check out the @ouranu Instagram video

This video is from Engaged ANU Ending Racism Initiative. For more information about Ending Racism, head to https://mk-engaged.anu.edu.au/ending-racism/


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