staff - Flinders University

Briefing for Crossing the Ridges
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Operation of the new Agreement
Salary increases
Leave entitlements
Fixed-term Appointment – specific circumstances
Two new types of appointment
– Sessional Fixed-term appointments (for eligible casual academic
• Continuing Contingent-funded appointments (for eligible fixedterm staff)
• Provisions for academic staff (including casual academic staff)
• Provisions for general staff (including casual general staff)
• New legislated entitlements
Operation of the new
• The new Agreement commenced on 6 July
• The nominal expiry date (NED) is 30 June
• The Agreement is “closed and
• University Consultative Committee
• Salary increases
– 01 July 2011 – 3%
– 30 June 2012 – 3.5%
– 29 June 2013 – 4.5%
• Casual loading increase from 23 to 25%
– Effective 6 July 2011
• Superannuation for casual staff
– 9% regardless of any legislated monthly income threshold
Personal/Carer’s & Compassionate Leave
(“Personal Leave”)
• This leave comprises:
– A pool of leave (15 working days p.a., pro rata for part-time
staff, cumulative from year to year), that can be used for:
• personal illness/injury (formerly “sick leave”) and/or
• for providing care and support for a family member who is ill or injured
(formerly “carer’s leave”)
– Compassionate leave (paid leave of 2 days per occasion)
– Entitlement to unpaid carer’s leave of two days per occasion
• Personal leave is not paid out at cessation of
Personal/Carer’s & Compassionate Leave
(“Personal Leave”) cont/…
This entitlement is now standard for ALL STAFF and is
therefore is a BIG CHANGE for most academic staff.
Transition arrangements for academic staff:
• Starting balances have been provided, with effect from 6
July 2011, based on years of service (20 / 40 / 60 days,
converted to hours, pro rata for part-time)
• All Personal Leave – to be booked on the Employee Self
Special Paid Leave (SPL)
• Amendments are consequential to the introduction of
Personal Leave and still 5 days p.a., non-cumulative
• Reasons – death of a family member ; attendance at an
emergency; participation in or fulfillment of cultural
obligations - EXISITNG
– Any other circumstance at discretion of DHR - NEW
Evidence (Personal Leave and SPL)
• SPL – staff member must provide evidence if required
• PL – must provide evidence where absence> 3 wkg days
& may be requested to provide in case of recurring
absences of < 3 wkg days
Parental Leave
entitlement to a further 12 months unpaid leave
Long Service Leave
• now able to be taken as a single day
• cash out now only requires 5 days’ leave to be taken
Annual Recreation Leave
New arrangements for academic staff
- leave will be booked automatically on the ESS,
commencing from the end of year closure, in Dec 2011
- alternative bookings may be made by the staff member
Fixed-term Appointments
Limited to specific circumstances, as follows:
• Specific task or project
… a definable work activity … completed within an
anticipated time frame
• Research
… appointment made to undertake research-only
• Non-recurrent funding
Funding sources other than the operating grant from Government or
funding comprised of fees made by or on behalf of students
Fixed-term Appointments
Specific circumstances cont/...
• Replacement employee
…Where it is necessary to replace (directly or indirectly) a staff
member who is absent (on leave, secondment, higher duties)
or who has resigned or retired and recruitment to replace the
person has commenced…
• Uncertainty over future requirements
…new area – where ongoing need not known (gen staff; up to
12 months) or disestablishment of an area (for the length of
the phase out of the area)…
• Recent professional practice
...where the curriculum in a professional or vocational area
requires a person who has recent practical or commercial
experience (period of appointment to not exceed 2 yrs)
Fixed-term Appointments
Specific circumstances cont/...
Trainees/employment schemes
Graduate Development program
Distinguished scholar (academic staff)
Level HEO10 and above (general staff)
Sessional fixed term (academic)
Student employment
Sessional Fixed-term appointments
• a NEW form of academic appointment
• enables the University to convert the employment of an
casual academic to Sessional Fixed-term employment
• Elegibiilty- employed as a casual in the area normally
for at least 1 semester in each of the preceding 2 yrs;
performed satisfactorily; ability to meet the requirements
of the fixed-term position
• Duration - 6 months to 2 years; renewable
• work undertaken is the same as that undertaken by a
casual academic – ie lectures, tutes, demonstrating in
pracs, marking, student contact, associated work
• Staff on Sessional Fixed-term appointments are not able
to seek conversion to continuing
Continuing Contingent-funded Appointments
• A new form of employment for eligible fixed-term staff
• A fixed-term staff member on non-recurrent funding may
apply for conversion to CCF appointment where
– s/he has been employed continuously for at least 3 yrs
– s/he has performed satisfactorily
– s/he has/is about to be offered a second or subsequent
consecutive fixed term contract
• Staff on CCF appointments will have similar conditions to
continuing staff with the exception that special notice and
severance pay entitlements will apply in the event that the
relevant external (non-recurrent) funding ceases.
• Casual academic rates
– All marking to be paid separately (unless the marking is
performed during the delivery component eg during the tutorial)
– No fractionalisation of rates L1 to L4 and the T rates
– Rates M3 and D2 no longer available
• Annual leave - major change (dealt with earlier)
• Personal (sick) leave - major change (dealt with earlier)
• Other changes, concerning:
Eligibility for promotion (for research-grant funded staff)
Research misconduct
Academic workload equalisation principles
Overseas Conference Leave
• Linking - now available for existing positions
• Reclassification - where review of decision is
needed, this will be done by an expert standing
• Minimum period of engagement of 3 hours for
casual staff (but with certain exclusions)
• HEO8 - no overtime (allowance in lieu); keeping of
timesheets / flexi-time / time off in lieu
• Performance Review and Development process to be reviewed/simplified
New legislated entitlements
Two new employment flexibility arrangements are
included in the Agreement:
• Individual Flexibility Arrangements
• Request for Flexible Working Arrangements for Care
of a Child
Implementation of the new
Enterprise Agreement
• Copies of the Enterprise Agreement
– limited availability of hardcopies
– e-version on the Web
• Policies and procedures (…and guidelines, forms etc)
– currently being updated so that they are consistent with the
new EA
– if in doubt, please ask HR
– once the updating is complete, the HR Policies and
Procedures will provide the most complete source of
Working with the new
Enterprise Agreement
Useful link:
HR home page:
… provides:
• the E-version of Agreement:
• HR Forms
• Salary scales
• HR contacts
• and much more

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