Human Resources

Schedule B ? Employees Eligible For A Supported Wage

1.   This clause defines the conditions that will apply to employees who, because of the effects of a disability, are eligible for a supported wage under the terms of this Agreement. For the purpose of this clause:

  1. ‘Supported Wage System’ shall mean the Commonwealth Government system to promote employment for people who cannot work at full award wages because of a disability, as documented in “[Supported Wage System: Guidelines and Assessment Process]”.
  2. ‘Accredited Assessor’ shall mean a person accredited by the management unit established by the Commonwealth under the Supported Wage System to perform assessments of an individual’s productive capacity within the Supported Wage System.
  3. ‘Disability Support Pension’ shall mean the Commonwealth pension scheme to provide income security for persons with a disability as provided under the Social Security Act 1991, as amended from time to time, or any successor to that scheme.
  4. ‘Assessment instrument’ shall mean the form provided for under the Supported Wage System that records the assessment of the productive capacity of the person to be employed under the Supported Wage System.

2.   Eligibility Criteria

Employees covered by this clause will be those who are unable to perform the range of duties to the competence level required within the class of work for which the employee is engaged under this Agreement, because of the effects of a disability on their productive capacity and who meet the impairment criteria for receipt of a Disability Support Pension. (The clause does not apply to any existing employee who has a claim against the University that is subject to the provisions of workers’ compensation legislation or any provision of this Agreement relating to the rehabilitation of employees who are injured in the course of their current employment.)

3.   Supported Wage Rates

Employee to whom this clause applies shall be paid the applicable percentage of the minimum rate of pay prescribed by this Agreement for the class of work which the person is performing according to the following schedule:

Assessed Capacity
(clause 1.3)
% of prescribed
award rate
10% 10%
20% 20%
30% 30%
40% 40%
50% 50%
60% 60%
70% 70%
80% 80%
90% 90%
(Provided that the minimum amount payable shall not be less than $61 per week.)

Where a person’s assessed capacity is 10%, they shall receive a high degree of assistance and support.

4.   Assessment of Capacity

For the purpose of establishing the percentage of the award rate to be paid to an employee under this Agreement, the productive capacity of the employee will be assessed in accordance with the Supported Wage System and documented in an assessment instrument by either:

  1. the employee; or
  2. the University and an accredited Assessor from a panel agreed by the parties to the Agreement and the employee.

5.   Lodgement of Assessment Instrument

5.1   All assessment instruments under the conditions of this clause, including the appropriate percentage of the award wage to be paid to the employee, shall be lodged by the University with the FWC.

5.2   All assessment instruments shall be agreed and signed by the parties to the assessment

6.   Review of Assessment

The assessment of the applicable percentage should be subject to annual review or earlier on the basis of a reasonable request for such a review. The process of review shall be in accordance with the procedures for assessing capacity under the Supported Wage System.

7.   Other Terms and Conditions of Employment

Where an assessment has been made, the applicable percentage shall apply to the wage rate only. Employees covered by the provisions of the clause will be entitled to the same terms and conditions of employment as all other workers covered by this Agreement paid on a pro rata basis.

8.   Workplace Adjustment

If the University wishes to employ a person under the provision of this clause shall take reasonable steps to make changes in the workplace to enhance the employee’s capacity to do the job. Changes may involve redesign of job duties, working time arrangements and work organisation in consultation with other workers in the area.

9.   Trial Period

9.1   In order for an adequate assessment of the employee’s capacity to be made, the University may employ a person under the provisions of this clause for a trial period not exceeding 12 weeks, except that in some cases additional work adjustment time (not exceeding 4 weeks) may be needed.

9.2   During that trial period the assessment of capacity shall be undertaken and the proposed wage rate for a continuing employment relationship shall be determined.

9.3   The minimum amount payable to the employee during the trial period shall be no less than $61 per week. This amount to be updated annually based on advice from the Commonwealth Government.

9.4   Work trials should include induction or training as appropriate to the job being trialled.

9.5   Where the University and employee wish to establish a continuing employment relationship following the completion of the trial period, a further contract of employment shall be entered into based on the outcome of assessment under clause 1.3.