Casual Academic Staff

Casual Academic staff make a rich and important contribution to the School’s academic, teaching and research endeavours through the provision of a range of academically focused services and activities. Casual Academic staff may be engaged to fulfil a wide range of duties, including (but not limited to) lecturing; tutoring; marking; teaching; moderating/facilitating and/or student advising; across multiple academic areas.  Casual Academic staff are paid according to the category of their duties, as detailed in UQ’s Enterprise Agreement.

What We Can Offer 

Current School of Social Science HDR students can apply to undertake casual academic positions for the courses listed ​in the table below.

These are casual academic appointments. The casual rate will vary depending on the type of work completed. Please view our various casual academic pay scales. The marking rate for standard essays is 3500 words per hour and the pay rate code is AC30A or AC30B.  For example, if marking 2000 words for 18 students, then 2000 x 18 / 3500 = 10 hours 17 mins.

Initial marking hours are based upon expected enrolment figures, which often fluctuate in the first few weeks of semester. After census date, all marking is reassessed using census enrolment figures, which means that your allocated hours for marking may increase or decrease depending on the number of students allocated to you at the time the marking is undertaken.


In the School of Social Science preference is given to our current HDR students and HDR students enrolled in the ISSR for employment opportunities.

You must have work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. UQ’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to Dr Jenny Munro, School Equity and Diversity Support Officer

Expression of interest (EoI) process

  1. Choose which course you wish to apply for. Refer to the courses at the bottom of this page arranged by area. You can also select a general study area.
  2. Submit your application via the online portal by 11.00pm AEST Friday 6 January 2023 *.
    • If you are a current employee of the University, or hold a HDR Scholarship with the University, please login to your staff Workday account via here and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.
    • All other applications can be directed here.
  3. In addition to a copy of your current CV/resume, please include a brief statement addressing
  • experience in tutoring/facilitating/marking undergraduate or postgraduate coursework;
  • experience using online tools (ECPs, Blackboard, and other digital tools, e.g., Zoom, Kaltura, or lecture recording software); and
  • knowledge/expertise in the academic content of the course.
  1. After the application closing date, your EoI will be sent to the relevant Course Coordinators of the courses you have selected as being interested in.  The Course Coordinators will contact you directly if they have any casual hiring opportunities for you. You can expect to be notified by email on or soon after 4 February 2023 if there are casual hiring opportunities available for you. Please monitor your email regularly.

*Late applications may be considered, but there is no guarantee.

The University treats the collected information as confidential and complies with Australian and Queensland privacy laws and guidelines. Information you supply will only be used for the administrative purposes of the University and in accordance with your specific consent.  The University will not make any information you supply available to a third party unless required or permitted by law.