• Published
  • 26 July 2016

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (Vice President Catanzariti, Deputy President Kovacic and Commissioner Johns) has begun its hearings in the 4-yearly review of modern awards in respect of the 2 higher education awards and the Post-Secondary award.

Both the NTEU and employer parties have filed applications to vary the modern awards, together with substantial written submissions and witness evidence in support.  In total there are around 28 witnesses.  Further hearings are scheduled for 27-29 July and 29 August-2 September, with closing submissions on 2-3 November.  In addition, the same Full Bench is hearing the application made by the NTEU for staff of research institutes to be covered by the higher education modern awards, and a counter-application by APESMA and AAMRI for the Professional Employees Award to apply; and an application by the Bond University Academic Staff Association for the fixed-term employment provisions in the higher education awards to apply to Bond University.  These two matters are being heard from 19-28 October.

The claims made by the NTEU include:

  • effectively an “overtime” provision in the Academic Staff Award
  • separate payments to casual academics for policy familiarisation and maintaining discipline currency
  • the ability for an academic to apply to FWC for “reclassification” where their employer does not run a “bona fide promotion process” or where they are excluded from the promotion process (eg fixed-term staff on short contracts; probationary academics)
  • a new allowance for personal ICT expenses incurred for work purposes to apply to both academic and general staff
  • that universities be required to take “active steps” to prevent general staff from working uncompensated overtime.

The NTEU has indicated it is no longer pursuing its claim to vary the Academic Award to provide that certain work may only be performed by non-casual staff, but that it may pursue this claim in the future.

The variations sought by AHEIA are:

  • removal of “HECE severance” payments from both awards
  • introduction of an extra category of fixed-term employment to apply to new or disestablished areas
  • removal of the age-based notice scale for redundancy in the academic staff modern award.

Given the complexity of the matters before the Full Bench, and the amount of material the Bench must consider, we would not anticipate that a decision would be issued before the end of this year.

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This following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA) website, www.aheia.edu.au.

AHEIA is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), which sets out a number of principles concerning the privacy of individuals.

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