Human Resources

Overview of Discretionary Allowances

Further information

Discretionary Allowances and Payments

There is a separate policy document for each allowance which defines the parameters and eligibility.

The comparison table can be used as a guide to determine which allowance is applicable to a particular circumstance.

Allowance Delegate Purpose Temporary or ongoing * Level of allowance Payment method Superannuation
Attraction

< =$10,000 Dean or equivalent.

 

>$10,000 approval by the Remuneration Committee

Negotiated as part of appointment process to attract the expertise of a particular individual to a particular role. Ongoing

Individual applications will be assessed by the Dean before forwarding to SDVC or DHR with a recommendation

Amount must be justified having regard to market rates

The terms of an attraction allowance will be specified in the contract of employment

Paid fortnightly as a fixed dollar amount 17%
Retention

< =$10,000 Dean or equivalent.

 

>$10,000 approval by the Remuneration
Committee

To support the retention of an existing staff member who has received a job offer from another employer (must be confirmed) Ongoing Amount to match the job offer or less, as the result of negotiation Paid fortnightly as a fixed dollar amount 17%
Market

< =$10,000 Dean or equivalent.

>$10,000 approval by the Remuneration Committee

Payment approved prior to advertising vacant positions when anticipating serious difficulty in recruiting OR

For current employees when it can be demonstrated the market has altered since appointment

The need to act to retain a particular class employees due to their skills and expertise being in demand

Temporary up to three years

Individual applications will be assessed by the Dean or equivalent before forwarding to Director, HR

Amount must be justified in relation to market rates

Paid fortnightly as a fixed dollar amount and will not vary with movements in base salary 9.5% accumulation
Performance allowance

< =$10,000 Dean or equivalent.

>$10,000 approval by the Remuneration Committee

Payment granted in recognition of outstanding performance as determined through PDA process, well beyond the normal duties and expectations of the position Temporary up to two years

Fixed dollar amount no greater than 5% of base salary in the first year and no more than 10% of base salary over three years

Any higher amount is to be approved by the Remuneration Committee

Paid fortnightly as a fixed dollar amount. No variation if changes to collective agreement 9.5% accumulation
Bonus payment

< =$10,000 Dean or equivalent.

>$10,000 approval by the Remuneration Committee

A payment upon achievement of exceptional outcomes for specific activities or overall outstanding performance (as documented in PDA)

Can be awarded to individuals or groups

One off payment Would not normally be greater than 5% of salary Flat one-off payment 9.5% accumulation
* This allowance is payable while an employee occupies the role that they were originally appointed to.