COVID-19 JOBS PROTECTION FRAMEWORK

The COVID-19 Jobs Protection Framework enabled a University to propose a variation of its enterprise agreement/agreements (EA) to staff to introduce significant cost saving measures for the period through to 30 June 2021 (or potentially longer) with the support of the National Tertiary Education Industry Union (NTEU). Those measures then became available to the University if its proposed EA variation was approved by staff and the Fair Work Commission (FWC). The intention was for Universities to be able to put a proposed EA Variation to a vote of staff from early/mid June, aiming for expedited FWC approval within the following 2-3 weeks. A set of Q&As was put together addressing process and related issues.

Each university was able to determine if it wanted to utilise the measures made available by this framework.

The measures available to a University depended on whether the Expert Assessment Panel (EAP) determined that the University’s financial situation met the criteria for Category A or Category B. The EAP decision was made prior to the proposed EA Variation being put to a vote of staff by the University. The measures able to be utilised by a University as a Category A or Category B University were entirely at the discretion of the University. The University could use some or all of those available measures as it chose to meet its particular circumstances. 

Other key features of the framework are as follows:

  1. The University could direct employees to temporarily undertake different duties within their skill-level and competency. Academic staff could be allocated alternative work (including additional teaching work) in order to make up a full workload allocation, and this could be re-arranged across a whole year.
  2. Allocation of work provisions also gave first priority to continuing and fixed-term employees where there was no work or insufficient work available to them. This took precedence over general workload allocation protections for casual and other fixed-term employees who had a reasonable expectation of being provided with further work.
  3. If there was a need to stand down employees who could not be usefully employed due to a work stoppage, those employees would retain a payment during the stand down period and could be allocated work during that time.
  4. A university-level COVID-19 Temporary Measures Committee (CTMC) would act as an internal 5 working day dispute-settling mechanism for any disputes in relation to implementation of the EAV Schedule. Unresolved disputes would be referred to a Arbitrator for rapid arbitration within a further 5 working days. This arbitration process replaced external dispute resolution by the FWC, which could take many months to complete.
  5. The University could implement restructuring and redundancies in accordance with the terms of the EAV Schedule.
  6. All restructuring/change management processes would be governed by the EAV Schedule rather than the terms of the current EA. The proposed timeline and process for staff consultation outlined in University major change proposals would be considered by the CTMC within 5 working days, and would be referred to the Arbitrator for rapid arbitration if not agreed.

The EAV Schedule template was finalised on 2 June 2020. A document explaining the EAV Schedule was also created.

 

Training Terms, Conditions & Refunds

More than 28 calendar days prior to event start date a participant may: substitute an attendee, transfer to an alternative program date or cancel participation in a training program and request a refund by emailing training@aheia.edu.au

15 - 28 calendar days prior to event start date a participant may: substitute an attendee or transfer to an alternative program date

14 calendar days or less prior to event start date  a participant may: substitute an attendee.

To ensure the maximum value for AHEIA members, a minimum number of participants are required to run a successful program. AHEIA reserves the right to cancel or postpone a program to an alternative date. In this event registrants will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the next available program, or receive a full refund.

Privacy Policy

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.

Collection of your personal information

There are many aspects of the site which can be viewed without providing personal information, however, for access to AHEIA customer support features you are required to submit personally identifiable information. This may include but not limited to a unique username and password, or provide sensitive information in the recovery of your lost password.

Sharing of your personal information

We may occasionally hire other companies to provide services on our behalf, including but not limited to handling customer support enquiries, processing transactions or customer freight shipping. Those companies will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service. AHEIA takes reasonable steps to ensure that these organisations are bound by confidentiality and privacy obligations in relation to the protection of your personal information.

Use of your personal information

For each visitor to reach the site, we expressively collect the following non-personally identifiable information, including but not limited to browser type, version and language, operating system, pages viewed while browsing the Site, page access times and referring website address. This collected information is used solely internally for the purpose of gauging visitor traffic, trends and delivering personalized content to you while you are at this Site.

From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will use for these new purposes only, data collected from the time of the policy change forward will adhere to our updated practices.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

AHEIA reserves the right to make amendments to this Privacy Policy at any time. If you have objections to the Privacy Policy, you should not access or use the Site.

Accessing Your Personal Information

You have a right to access your personal information, subject to exceptions allowed by law. If you would like to do so, please let us know. You may be required to put your request in writing for security reasons. AHEIA reserves the right to charge a fee for searching for, and providing access to, your information on a per request basis.

Contacting us

AHEIA welcomes your comments regarding this Privacy Policy. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy and would like further information, please contact us by any of the following means during business hours Monday to Friday.

Call: 03 9614 5550

Fax: 03 9614 3125

Email: aheia@aheia.edu.au

Post: AHEIA, Level 6, 303 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA

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