Human Resources

Part J - Other Matters

54.   Workplace Relations Training Leave

54.1   An employee with 12 months service, excluding a casual employee, who is involved in recognised workplace relations training activities, will be able to apply for up to a maximum of 37.5 hours of paid leave in a calendar year to attend accredited short courses, seminars or conferences as approved. An employee may access up to 75 hours in 1 calendar year where the total Workplace Relations Training Leave accessed in that calendar year combined with the total in the following calendar year is no more than 75 hours.

54.2   The University may approve Workplace Relations Training Leave for an employee with less than 12 months service, excluding a casual employee, where special circumstances exist.

54.3   Workplace Relations Training Leave will be paid at the ordinary rate of pay and will not include shift allowances, penalty rates or overtime. Any University Holiday or rostered day occurring during the leave will be treated as part of the leave and extra days off will not be approved.

54.4   Approval of Workplace Relations Training Leave by the University will be with consideration to the business needs of the work area which will not be unduly affected or inconvenienced.

54.5   An employee must apply for Workplace Relations Training Leave at least 4 weeks before the commencement date of the accredited short course, seminar or conference. Each application must include the subject, commencement date, length, venue and the organisation conducting the accredited short course, seminar or conference. The University may agree to a lesser period of notice.

54.6   The University will not be liable for the employee’s expenses in attending the accredited short course, seminar or conference. The period of approved leave will, however, include any necessary travelling time in normal working hours immediately before or after the accredited short course, seminar or conference.

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55.   Leave to Attend Workplace Relations Matters

55.1   The University will approve paid leave during ordinary working hours to an employee who is:

55.1.1   Required to give evidence before any industrial tribunal;

55.1.2   An employee representative of Academic Staff and is required to attend:

(a)   Negotiations and/or conferences with the University;

(b)   The relevant Consultative Committee meetings or working parties associated with these Committees; or

(c)   Meetings preliminary to negotiations or industrial hearings, where the University provides prior agreement.

55.2   The University will approve leave to attend workplace relations matters:

55.2.1   Where an application for leave has been submitted with reasonable time in advance by the employee;

55.2.2   For the minimum period required;

55.2.3   For those employees whose attendance is essential; and

55.2.4   When the operation of the University is not unduly affected or inconvenienced.

55.3   Leave to attend workplace relations matters will be approved at the employee’s ordinary rate of pay and will include any necessary travelling time in normal working hours. The University will not be liable for any expenses associated with the employee attending the workplace relations matter.

55.4   Nothing in this Clause will diminish the existing arrangements relating to the approval of paid leave to attend workplace relations matters. Paid leave will not be approved to attend other workplace relations matters not set out in this Clause. This Clause does not apply to special arrangements where an employee takes unpaid leave to attend workplace relations matters.

55.5   The provisions of this Clause will not apply when an employee is absent from work without the approval of the Head.

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Signatories

Signed for and on behalf of
The University of Western Australia
 
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  Vice-Chancellor
 
Address …………………………………………………
 
In the presence of …………………………………………………
 
Date : …………………………………………………
 
 
 
Signed for and on behalf of
The National Tertiary Education
Industry Union
 
 
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Address …………………………………………………
 
In the presence of …………………………………………………
 
Date : …………………………………………………

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