Staff benefits

Staff benefits

Macquarie University is world-class for staff.


We rank amongst the top employers in the Australian Workplace Employers Index, having recently earned a five-star rating in the QS World Rankings with the highest rating for employability. Take a look at the staff benefits on offer.

We’ll make a 17 per cent superannuation contribution to a UniSuper account for you on continuing appointments and contracts of two years or more – significantly higher than the superannuation guarantee of 9.5 per cent. Our UniSuper consultants provide free general superannuation advice and help with paperwork and questions about super. We also have a fee-for-service financial advisor on campus for tailored advice on your financial decisions.

There’s an annual leave loading for eligible staff paid on accrued leave on the first payday in December and our fixed term and continuing staff get to enjoy extra leave over Christmas with an additional three concessional days between Christmas and the New Year.

We provide education leave for staff to cover study time, examination leave, time off to attend your graduation ceremony and English language training. You can also apply for a range of training courses and professional development opportunities including development grants, MGSM scholarships and MQ postgraduate scholarships. Our Study for Staff scheme supports your professional development by providing access to lecture series without enrolling in a degree program.

You can enjoy full access to Macquarie University Library resources including campus collections, and research databases. You also have electronic access to The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review through a subscription from the Macquarie University Library.

Access a range of flexible working options including part-time work, variable working hours, work from home arrangements and purchased leave. Other leave is also available for things like moving house, volunteering, religious and cultural obligations. Eligible staff are able to access paid personal leave to care of a family member, or when leave is required for compassionate or bereavement reasons. Continuing staff members can also purchase an additional five to ten days leave in a 12-month period. Paid parental and partner's leave is available for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child by a staff member or their partner where they are responsible for the care of the child.  

Find more information on our Personal Leave Policy, Other Leave PolicyCommunity volunteering guidelines Purchased leave for professional staff and Purchased leave for academic staff policies. 

For staff caring for young children, our on-campus early childhood education and care is available at one of two childcare centres at Macquarie. Priority is given to Macquarie University staff and students, and staff employed by designated entity partners. Macquarie University Vacation Care provides a recreational program for primary school aged children during the school holidays.

Macquarie have partnered with Medibank to offer you a nine per cent discount when you take out Corporate Health Cover.  You also have access to the MQ Be Better portal where you can take an online wellness assessment, log your fitness goals and access a range of recipes, health tips and resources.

A generous personal leave allowance ensures you can take the time to get well and return to work when you are fit and healthy. On-campus medical services including general practice clinicmedical imaging services, Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology and physiotherapy are available through Macquarie University Hospital which is located on campus.

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is open to all employees and their immediate family members, and provides for six confidential sessions with a trained counsellor. Keep healthy, energetic and achieve your fitness goals with access to the Sport and Aquatic Centre’s swimming pools, health club, group fitness classes, squash courts and much more.

An on-campus train station and bus stops make getting to Macquarie a breeze by public transport. There are also more than 4000 on-campus car spaces for those who drive and BikeHubs equipped with lockers and showers for staff who cycle to work. Explore the unique and interactive side of the arts, history and science through our diverse art collections and museums with tours, workshops and other special events.

The campus comes complete with shops, cafes, banks, a bar, and on-campus Wi-Fi, and all within walking distance to a major shopping precinct. Macquarie also hosts a range of events so be sure to check out our upcoming events.

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