Human Resources

University Policy on Rural Clinical School of WA Family Friendly Travel Assistance

Policy No.
UP11/4
Function
Human Resources
Authoring Organisational Unit
Directorate - Human Resources
Date Approved
14/02/2011
Next Review Date
01/02/2013
Approving Body
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor And Registrar

The University of Western Australia

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University Policy on: Rural Clinical School of WA Family Friendly Travel Assistance

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Purpose of the policy and summary of issues it addresses:

In recognition of the impact that travel for work can have on family relationships and responsibilities, each ongoing or fixed term employee of the Rural Clinical School of WA (RCS) is eligible to receive a non-cumulative annual allowance to assist with expenses incurred for support and caring responsibilities when undertaking travel required by RCS.  This policy sets out the eligibility criteria and other conditions that apply.

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“Family” - UWA adopts an inclusive definition of family which encompasses a wide range of relationships which may include one or more of the following: blood, marriage, affinity, adoption and dependency. Family responsibilities therefore include care for older people, people with a disability, children, partners and responsibilities associated with extended families.

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1.1 Eligibility

All ongoing and fixed term employees, of the Rural Clinical School of WA are eligible for Family Friendly Travel Assistance.

Approval for the expenditure and for the amount granted at each occasion must be gained from either the Head of School or Senior Administrative Officer prior to travel. To be eligible for the allowance, activities must:

· arise as a direct consequence of RCS required travel within Western Australia; and

· be related to the travel of an accompanying spouse or partner; or

· be related to the travel of a family member or carer who accompanies the RCS employee to be cared for or to provide care to a family member; or

· be related to the support or caring of family members of the RCS employee while that person is away (including nanny or child care expenses).

1.2 Quantum

The annual amount of the allowance will be determined by the following formulas:

Medical Coordinators                                               $1,000 per 0.1FTE

Academic Staff (non medical coordinators)          $500    per 0.1FTE

Administrative staff                                                   $250    per 0.1FTE

The entitlement at any time will be based on the FTE of the employee at the time of claiming the allowance.

New employees will be entitled to a pro-rata amount of the annual entitlement; calculated by reducing the full entitlement by an amount proportionate to the number of full weeks which the employee is expected to work over the calendar year.

1.3 Non-cumulative

The allowance is non-cumulative and any portion not spent within a calendar year cannot be credited to the next year or used for any other purpose.

1.4 Payment method

The Rural Clinical School will book travel and accommodation and pay related invoices, based on approval being sought and FBT assessed prior to the event.

1.5 Fringe benefits tax

Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) liabilities will be deducted from the entitlement.  There will be an internal (UWA) FBT assessment conducted on each occasion Family Friendly Travel Assistance is approved.  The amount of the FBT will then be deducted from the employee’s remaining entitlement. 

This entitlement may result in a Reportable Fringe Benefit Amount being recorded on employees’ Pay As You Go (PAYG) payment summaries for taxation purposes.  This in turn can affect the income tests for the receipt and payment of a number of Government benefits, surcharges and tax offsets.  Employees are advised to seek independent financial advice to become aware of any affect the entitlement may have on their individual circumstances.

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Policy No:  UP 11/4

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Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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Date original policy approved: 14th February 2011

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