Rostered Day Off (RDO)


Rostered Day Off (RDO) Arrangements are local work arrangements that are organised by mutual agreement between individual employees and their respective supervisors.  Arrangements differ across various University departments and faculties and may be influenced by various operational requirements.  Traditionally, RDO arrangements are either on a nine day fortnight or a nineteen day month basis.

Some work areas of the University will be unable to participate in local work arrangements such as RDO's due to operational requirements.

Individual employees and their respective supervisors may negotiate an arrangement provided that:

  • The work of the University continues to be performed in an efficient and effective method;
  • Arrangements reflect the operational requirements of the organisational area which is determined and influenced by the nature of the work, type of contact with clients and the services provided by the department or faculty;
  • Arrangements are distributed equitably across employees workloads; and
  • The appropriate standard of supervision is maintained.

RDO arrangements must be arranged in advance by mutual agreement between employees and their supervisors and must only be taken when the equivalent time has been worked.  RDO's cannot be taken in advance.  In special circumstances and with the approval of the Supervisor, an employee may accrue days to a maximum of three. RDO’s cannot be carried forward from one calendar year to the next.

If an employee is absent on approved leave (excluding annual leave) and/or a gazetted public holiday within the accrual period, employees must accumulate the additional hours required under the arrangements for each absence.

Full Details:

RDO Guidelines 

HR Contact:

HR Client Services Team 

Rostered days off allow employees to work additional hours during the week in order to accrue sufficient hours to have a rostered day off in a work cycle once a fortnight (i.e. nine-day fortnight arrangement) or once a month (i.e. nineteen-day month arrangement). Employees keep working hours at a reasonable level, while having some flexibility in working hours.

For example, an employee is required to work a 36 hours week. On a nine-day fortnight arrangement, the employee would have to work 72 hours (2 X 36) in nine days. This means that instead of 7 hours and 12 minutes per day, they would have to work an extra 48 minutes adding up to 8 hours per day. In return they would get one day off every fortnight.