Staff Benefits

Savings and Discounts for Staff


  1. Information on employment status will need to be provided to access these staff discount plans.
  2. These plans are accessible for outside of work requirements and use.
  3. A staff ID and password is required to take advantage of the following discounts:

Dell Hardware

Commercial Services has negotiated a revised Staff Purchase Plan that will mean better discounts for personal purchases across a wide range of Dell equipment including Dell’s Inspiron, Studio, Vostro and Studio XPS ranges, flat panel monitors, printers and projectors. Discounts range from 3% to 12% depending on the equipment. The discount received is on top of any online web or promotional pricing that staff can secure (such as TV special offers). More information is available here

Apple Personal Computers

Staff of the University of Newcastle can take advantage of discounted pricing from Apple on a range of personal computers including MacBook, MackBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro.

The discounted pricing offers up to 12% off recommended retail prices.  More information is available here


The University has negotiated site licences for various software products.  Some are free for staff and students, others at a discounted price.  More information is available here 

Banking Discounts

The Commonwealth Bank at Callaghan campus offers University staff a wide range of benefits such as home loans discounted by 0.50% on the standard variable rate. Call 4968 1186 for further information and terms and conditions.

The Newcastle Permanent, also located at Callaghan campus, offers a wide range of competitive banking products for staff and students. Call 131 987.

NIB Corporate Health Plan

The University of Newcastle has negotiated an exclusive corporate discount for all staff of 8% ,which is a saving of up to $140 annually on Top Cover, as well as a 2 and 6 month waiver on all Extras. Claim up to 85% back on physio, chiro, dental, optical and more.

If you are with another fund, on a similar level of cover, any waiting periods already served will simply be carried across to NIB.

To find out more about this corporate health plan visit or call NIB's corporate line on 1800 131 463.

Travel – Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Commercial Services has negotiated a Flat Rate with the Crowne Plaza Newcastle. The negotiated preferred corporate accommodation rates offers a 27% discount on standard retail rates and are eligible for use by staff and students travelling for leisure purposes. The Crowne Plaza has developed a dedicated web portal for the university. Bookings can be made directly with the hotel or via the dedicated web portal

Information about this agreement is available through the Commercial Services Travel page

Travel - Novotel Newcastle Beach

Commercial Services has negotiated preferred rates for UoN staff and students.  These over 50% discount rates for Studio and Harbour View Studio rooms include:

  • Complimentary use of the fully equipped gymnasium, spa and steam room
  • Return guest recognition and long stay guest recognition programs
  • Complimentary newspaper daily (on request).

Full buffet breakfast, broadband internet access and on-site parking are available at an additional cost.

The Novotel Newcastle Beach is located near one of Australia's best surf breaks and the CBD, and is just  30 minutes drive from Newcastle airport.
For reservations, phone 13 15 15 or email

Travel - other (Qantas Club)

University of Newcastle staff have access to significantly discounted Qantas Club Membership, with 19% discount on the initial joining fee, and up to 66% discount on memberships. Memberships provide a number of benefits for staff travelling on business or leisure. Qantas club membership is a personal decision for individual staff members and is self-funded.

Contact Commercial Services on 02 4921 2073

Car Hire

Staff can hire cars from Thrifty at discounted leisure  rates.  A personal credit card must be used, along with the following rate code: 4908001620.  For more information, contact or call 02 4921 6555.

LeasePlan / Salary Packaging

Under flexible salary packaging, an eligible staff member can choose to take the salary component of their total remuneration as cash salary or select a combination of cash salary and approved benefits to suit individual needs. You can find out more here