New superannuation benefits
The Enterprise Agreement (EA) enhances superannuation options for fixed term staff with 12 months continuous service, with greater access to 17% employer contributions, subject to complying with UniSuper rules and “contribution flexibility” arrangements.
Other superannuation arrangements remain unchanged.
The EA includes new provisions (in clause 209 of the EA) to reflect the University’s commitment to the protection and promotion of intellectual freedom.
The EA includes specific recognition of the importance of environmentally sustainable work practices, including through the Management and Staff Consultative Committee (M&SCC)'s role in relation to examining environmental sustainability issues and through the appointment of two members of the M&SCC to the University’s Emissions Reduction Working Group.
The EA reinforces the University’s commitment to furthering the employment of Indigenous Australians, consistent with our Indigenous Australians Employment Strategy. Specific targets are included for increasing Indigenous Australian employment at the University to two per cent of academic and general staff to reflect the broader community profile and the relevant target for employment in the NSW public sector.
The EA includes provision for the National Tertiary Education Union and the Community & Public Sector Union to have access to University-based facilities and services, such as office space and payroll deduction arrangements for union fees.
Preservation of existing conditions
The EA will preserve the operation of existing arrangements for general staff in relation to:
- special conditions of employment for general staff working at the University’s Veterinary Clinics;
- special conditions of employment for general staff working at the University’s farms;
- damage to personal property;
- hazardous substances and situations; and
- conditions about supply of clothing and safety equipment
The EA includes a commitment to commence discussions about a replacement agreement three months before the nominal expiry date (31 May 2012).