A message from the Acting Vice-Chancellor: Fair Work Australia hearing

22 March 2012

As you may know, earlier this month the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) notified Fair Work Australia of a dispute with the University in relation to the Final Change Plan. A hearing scheduled for Friday 16 March was adjourned and resumed today.

The University is pleased to report that that there has been an agreed resolution of the dispute and that the University's position has been accepted.

The University has agreed with the NTEU to further consultation as part of the change implementation process. In particular there will now be an additional step in the process to allow for consultation with staff whose positions are directly affected, and with other staff in the local workgroups of directly affected staff.

This will provide an added opportunity for any colleagues who might have concerns about the implications of potential redundancies and teaching-focused roles on their own work.

Meetings will be held with impacted workgroups, but staff from those groups may also make individual submissions or request individual meetings with their dean or head of school. These consultations are to be completed by 27 April. The University will notify final decisions to affected staff members on 7 May 2012.

The University anticipates that Fair Work Australia will publish the agreement on its website tomorrow. A link to the agreement will be published on the Budget and staffing website when it becomes available and further information will be added in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Garton