Proposed Enterprise Agreement: notice of staff ballot

5 November 2013

I am pleased to let you know that we are now in a position to proceed with a staff ballot later this month on the University's proposed new Enterprise Agreement.

The University has reached agreement with the NTEU on the terms of the proposal, which would replace our existing agreement for academic, professional and English-language teaching staff. Before we can lodge the proposed agreement with the Fair Work Commission for approval it must be endorsed by eligible staff in a ballot.

About the proposed Enterprise Agreement

The Fair Work Act requires staff to be given seven days notice of the University's intention to conduct a ballot, and to provide staff with access to the proposed new agreement and other relevant information.

You can also view those documents on the updated Enterprise Agreement website.

Ballot details

The University will run the ballot electronically through an external provider. The ballot will open on Wednesday 13 November and will close at 5pm on Friday 15 November. You will receive an email on 13 November with instructions about how to vote. Please note that voting is voluntary.

The vote will be successful if a majority of eligible staff who choose to vote approve the agreement. The proposed agreement would then be lodged with the Fair Work Commission for approval.

Who is eligible to vote?

If you are a continuing, fixed-term or casual staff member in one of the following categories, you will be eligible to vote:

  • academic staff whose annual remuneration (including salary and loadings but not superannuation) after the first pay increase under the proposed agreement would be up to $259,311
  • professional staff and English-language teaching staff whose annual remuneration (including salary and loadings but not superannuation) after the first pay increase under the agreement would be up to $167,373

If you are employed in one of the above categories you will be eligible to vote irrespective of whether you are currently covered by the University's existing Enterprise Agreement, an Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA) or an Individual Transitional Enterprise Agreement (ITEA). However, if you have chosen to remain covered by an AWA or ITEA, your individual agreement will continue to apply to your employment; voting in the upcoming ballot will not affect the operation of your AWA or ITEA.

The proposed Enterprise Agreement would not cover staff whose remuneration exceeds the above limits, the Vice-Chancellor, deputy vice-chancellors, faculty deans or staff at the Seymour Centre and Sydney Conservatorium of Music employed under theatre award classifications. As a result, these staff will not be eligible to vote.

Please contact your HR adviser if you have any questions about the new agreement or the approval process, or if you don't receive the email on 13 November with details about how to vote.

I encourage you to participate in this important ballot.

Yours sincerely

John Dixon
Acting Director, Human Resources