2.1 Definitions

2.1 Definitions

In this Agreement, the following definitions will apply:

Academic Staff Member means a person who is employed by the University as an academic member of staff.

Act means Fair Work Act 2009 (as amended or replaced from time to time).

Allowance refers to a payment made, in addition to the Staff Member's Base Salary, for performing a specific role or payment made as reimbursement for expenses. Allowances paid for 12 months or more are superannuable.

Base Salary means the payment made to a Staff Member pursuant to the contract of employment subject to taxation and including other lawful deductions. 

Concessional Days are the 3 days paid leave granted to University Staff following Boxing Day and before New Years Day.

Consultation means that the relevant participants will exchange views and relevant information on the matter being considered and that the views expressed will be taken into account before the University makes a final decision.

Contingent Funding is limited-term funding provided for from external sources, but not funding that is part of an operating grant from government or funding comprised of payments of fees made by or on behalf of students.

Continuous Service means service with the University, which the University recognises for continuity of employment. This includes paid service, periods of approved leave and breaks in service of up to three months.

Designated Equity Groups include women, Indigenous Australians, people with disabilities, GLBTI staff (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex), and staff from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Director, Equity and Diversity means the person appointed by the University as the Head of Equity and Diversity Unit or where applicable, the person acting in the position of Director of Equity and Diversity or a nominee at the equivalent level.

Director, Human Resources means the person appointed by the University as the Head of Human Resources or where applicable, the person acting in the position of Director of Human Resources or a nominee at the equivalent level.

DVC or Deputy Vice-Chancellor means the appropriate Deputy Vice-Chancellor or where applicable, the person acting in the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor or a nominee at the equivalent level.

Exempt Staff Member means an Academic Staff Member who is being paid a Base Salary (excluding loadings) in excess of 115% of the salary for an Academic Level E, Step 2 as specified in Schedule 1.

FWC refers to the Fair Work Commission.

Family Member includes child (including an adult child, adopted child, foster child or stepchild); spouse or partner (including same sex partner, de facto partner or former spouse or partner); parent, parent-in-law, foster parent or person who stands in that place; grandparent or grandchild; sibling; traditional kinship relation; or a person who stands in a bona fide domestic or household relationship with the Staff Member in which there is inferred some dependency or support role for the Staff Member.

Head means Head of Faculty or Office (unless there is a specific reference to Head of Department) or where applicable, the person acting in the position of Head or a nominee at the equivalent level.

Investigator means a person appointed under clause 4.12.

Long-term Casual means a person who has been employed on a casual basis for at least 3 of the preceding 5 sessions.

Macquarie University Consultative Committee (MUCC) is the consultative committee established under clause 4.7.

Manager refers to the head of a functional or organisational unit as defined by the University's structures.

Manager, Employee Relations means the person appointed by the University as the Head of Employee Relations or a person acting in that position pro tem. 

NTEU means the National Tertiary Education Industry Union.

Parties to this Agreement mean the University, its Staff and the NTEU.

Period of Purchased Leave refers to a period of leave taken in accordance with sub clauses 4.1.18-4.1.22.

Purchased Leave Rate of Pay means the rate of pay a Staff Member receives when their Base Salary plus any salary loadings have been reduced to cover the cost of purchased leave. To calculate the Purchased Leave Rate of Pay, the Staff Member's Base Salary plus any salary loadings will be reduced by the number of days of purchased leave and then annualised at a pro rata rate over a 12 month period.

Reasonable Adjustments means assisting people with disabilities to be able to do their work by modifying some features of their work or work environment. It may include improving access to buildings and rooms, modifying equipment, redesigning jobs or work areas, or implementing more flexible work practices.

Secondment is an arrangement made with the mutual consent of the Head and Staff Member where a Staff Member is released under specific agreed arrangements to work in another area within the University or with another organisation for a specific period of time. Secondments will not normally be for longer than 2 years. Subject to the Managing Change clause in this agreement, a Staff Member has the right to return to their substantive position at the conclusion of a period of secondment.

Staff or Staff Member means an Academic Staff Member who is:

  1. a member of staff of the University covered by this Agreement; and
  2. not an Exempt Staff Member.

Staff Representative means an organisation or person, who is not a current practising solicitor or barrister in private practice, nominated by a Staff Member to represent them, if they so choose.

Supervisor means the person nominated by the University to whom the Staff Member is to report with respect to work performance, duties and performance outcomes.

Union in this Agreement means and refers to the National Tertiary Education Industry Union (NTEU).

University means Macquarie University.

Vice-Chancellor means and refers to the Chief Executive Officer of the University, or where applicable, the person acting in the position of Vice-Chancellor.

NB:     Reference to the singular number will mean and refer to, and include, reference to the plural number.

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