4.4 Higher Duties Allowance

4.4 Higher Duties Allowance

4.4.1 Where the University requires a Staff Member to perform some or all of the duties of a higher level position for a minimum period of five consecutive working days (or in the case of a part-time Staff Member, for a minimum period of the Staff Member's normal working week), the Staff Member will be paid an allowance equal to the difference between the Staff Member's substantive salary and the minimum salary for the level of the higher level position.  

4.4.2 Where the Staff Member is not undertaking all the duties of the position then a proportion of the allowance will be paid for the proportion of work performed.  The Staff Member will be advised of the extent of the duties to be performed and the rate of allowance to be paid. The duties and allowance may be increased or decreased during the relieving period following consultation with the Staff Member.

4.4.3 Payment of a Higher Duties Allowance will not normally exceed a period of 12 months. If the allowance is to continue to be paid beyond the 12 month period the Supervisor must advise the Director, Human Resources of the reasons and seek approval for continuation of the allowance. The Director, Human Resources may approve the continuation of the allowance for a further period of up to 12 months and/or make a recommendation regarding the cessation of the allowance and associated duties.

4.4.4 A Higher Duties Allowance is not payable where the Staff Member is the designated relieving officer or is recognised in the relevant position description as the deputy of a more senior Staff Member.

4.4.5 Where a Staff Member is paid a Higher Duties Allowance for a period greater than 12 months they will be eligible for incremental progression to the next step of the higher level position and the allowance will become superannuable.   

4.4.6 A Staff Member who receives a Higher Duties Allowance for a period in excess of 20 working days will receive the allowance for paid leave taken during the period of higher duties.

4.4.7 Opportunities to act in higher positions should be seen as professional development for Staff and be offered to eligible Staff on an equitable basis.

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