Drug and Alcohol Policy
Section 1 - Policy Statement
Part A - Policy Declaration
Part B - Policy Description
Part C - Content and Implementation
Responsibilities of Employees, Students, Contractors and Visitors (including workers as defined in the relevant work health and safety legislation)
Responsibilities of Heads of Work Units and Supervisors
Responsibilities of Employees who Supervise Students
Use of Drugs on University Premises
Use of Alcohol on University Premises
Non-Licenced Events / Functions
Other Events, Functions and Field Trips
Licensed University Premises
Inappropriate Use of Drugs and Alcohol on University Premises
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(1) This policy sets out the responsibilities of University managers, employees, students, contractors and visitors (including workers as defined in the relevant work health and safety legislation) in relation to alcohol and drug use, including the service of alcohol at University functions.
(2) The purpose of this policy is to promote responsible attitudes towards the legal consumption of alcohol and drugs and provide a safe environment for all who visit the University. It also provides a framework, consistent with legislative requirements, for the responsible service and consumption of alcohol.
(3) This policy applies to all employees, students, contractors and visitors (including workers as defined in the relevant work, health and safety legislation) to the University.
(4) Members of the University community are expected to display a responsible attitude towards the legal use of drugs and alcohol on University premises and comply with legislative requirements. Work health and safety legislation places a duty of care on employees, students, contractors and visitors (including workers as defined in the relevant work health and safety legislation) to ensure they are not, through the consumption of drugs or alcohol, in such a state that they diminish their ability to perform their duties or endanger their own safety at work or the safety of others.
(5) The University's Code of Conduct applies at University functions, including Christmas parties, planning days, training courses, conferences and field trips, regardless of whether the function is held on campus or off campus.
(6) Employees, students, contractors and visitors (including workers as defined in the relevant work health and safety legislation) must:
(7) A breach of these provisions may be considered misconduct or serious misconduct by the University and will be dealt with accordingly.
(8) Employees or visitors working alongside a colleague whose wellbeing or job performance they perceive to be adversely affected by alcohol or drug use (whether legal or illegal) are encouraged to share their concerns with their supervisor and support their colleague by encouraging them to seek appropriate assistance.
(9) Heads of Work Units and supervisors are responsible for:
(10) Employees who supervise students are responsible for:
(11) Disciplinary action may be taken if a student fails to seek assistance for an alcohol or other drug problem and their behaviour is improper, unsafe or impacts upon the wellbeing or enjoyment of others.
(12) Employees, students, contractors and visitors (including workers as defined in the relevant work health and safety legislation)who are using prescription drugs that may affect their performance or safety are required to notify their supervisor so that appropriate accommodations can be considered.
(13) If needles and syringes are used to administer prescription drugs they must be disposed of in one of the appropriate sharps containers provided on University campuses (see Blood-Borne Pathogens Policy).
(14) Illegal drugs are not to be brought onto, consumed or administered on University premises.
(15) Organisers of University events or functions where alcohol will be consumed but not sold and where no entry fee is charged, such as book launches, art gallery shows etc., must apply for approval to serve alcohol at the event and must ensure the person serving the alcohol has a 'Responsible Service of Alcohol' certificate authorised in the state in which the event or function is being held.
(16) Details of the event must be provided to the relevant Executive Member or their delegate on an Application for Alcohol on University Premises. The completed form, together with details of promotional advertising material if any, are to be provided at least five working days before the event.
(17) Campus Security should be notified in advance of functions that are to be held on campus.
(18) Individuals and organisations sponsoring an event must have precautionary measures in place to ensure alcoholic beverages are not accessible or provided to people who are under age or who appear intoxicated.
(19) A variety of non-alcoholic beverages must be available at an event and be displayed as prominently as the alcoholic beverages.
(20) A reasonable proportion of an event's budget should be allocated to providing a variety of food items at the event.
(21) The responsible consumption of alcohol at events such as working meetings, planning days, celebrations and field trips may only take place with the prior approval of the Head of Work Unit or nominee.
(22) The Head of Work Unit or nominee must monitor the events to ensure the wellbeing or welfare of employees, students, contractors and visitors (including workers as defined in the relevant work health and safety legislation) and take appropriate action where behaviour is improper, unsafe or constitutes a risk to themselves or others.
(23) The University's Code of Conduct imposes a duty of care on members of the University community to ensure the personal use of alcohol does not affect the health, safety or welfare of others.
(24) The bringing, keeping, selling or consuming of alcohol on University premises must be done in accordance with the requirements of the Liquor Act 2007.
(25) Alcohol must be served by people who hold a current 'Responsible Service of Alcohol' certificate and is to be consumed within the designated area. Appropriate standards of conduct are to be maintained, the property and safety of persons protected, noise restrictions observed and littering minimised.
(26) If an employee affected by drugs or alcohol chooses not to accept treatment, and performance continues to be adversely affected, supervisors should consult with their HR Consultant before following unsatisfactory performance procedures or other appropriate University processes.
(27) Employees and students who believe they have a drug or alcohol problem are encouraged to seek professional assistance and treatment. Assistance for employees is available through the Employee Assistance Program and students may access the University's Counselling Services.
(28) Where employees, students, contractors or visitors (including workers as defined in the relevant work health and safety legislation) are concerned about the welfare of a co-worker or student, they are encouraged to share their concerns with either their supervisor or HR Consultant.
(29) If an employee or student is in need of immediate assistance, first aid should be provided in accordance with the First aid provisions.