5.3 Career Development
5.3.1 The University will encourage the participation of Staff in relevant training and development activities during normal working hours. Where appropriate, the University will support further study, training and professional development outside normal working hours.
5.3.2 All continuing and fixed-term Staff Members, who participate in the annual PDR process, will discuss individual development needs with their Supervisor and identify appropriate training opportunities for the coming year.
5.3.3 Supervisors need to identify the training and development needs of casual and fixed-term Staff who do not participate in the annual PDR cycle. Supervisors will ensure Staff have the necessary training and development opportunities to be able to perform their roles.
5.3.4 The University will fully fund approved training and development activities that are essential to the performance of the Staff Member's current role.
5.3.5 The University will support approved training and development activities that will enhance the Staff Member's ability to develop beyond their current role. Depending on the nature of the developmental activity, the University may limit the financial support to 66 per cent of the cost, up to a maximum of $1050 per annum.
5.3.6 The University will pay student contribution charges (HECS) for a Staff Member enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, provided the Staff Member has not already been sponsored or granted a fee waiver towards any other course of study while at Macquarie University. The sponsorship applies to the four core units of this Graduate Certificate course and will not apply to repeated attempts of any units.
5.3.7 Individual budget units will administer funds allocated for training and development purposes. Funds will be allocated equitably on the basis of identified training and development needs.
5.3.8 To facilitate staff development, the University will support a Staff Member studying an approved course relevant to their employment with the University. Staff may apply for paid study leave in accordance with subclause 4.1.66 Study and Graduation Leave.
5.3.9 Supervisors should ensure that time is allocated to allow Staff to participate in relevant, appropriate, approved training and development activities during normal working hours.
5.3.10 Where the University provides the opportunity to participate in training and development activities, the University will reimburse a participating Staff Member for course or conference attendance fees and any necessary travel and accommodation expenses and allowance.
Macquarie University Scholarship Program
5.3.11 The Macquarie University Scholarship Program is designed to recognise potential and reward outstanding performance of Staff Members.
5.3.12 The Scholarship Program will include at least two fully funded scholarships to undertake a Master of Business Administration with the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) or other approved courses of study with the University.
5.3.13 The scholarships will be offered on an annual basis to continuing and fixed-term Staff Members. Applications for the Scholarship Program will be assessed by a selection process that is equitable and upholds the principle of competition on merit.
Staff Mobility Initiatives
5.3.14 The University recognises the mutual benefits to both Staff and the University that arise from Staff mobility initiatives. These initiatives may include Secondment (both on an internal and external basis), internal temporary transfers, higher duties opportunities and job-swap arrangements.
5.3.15 Within the first 12 months of commencement of this Agreement, the University will:
(a) establish a central online register for Staff to express an interest in internal and temporary job opportunities. The register will enable Staff to indicate areas and/or roles of interest and identify their existing skills, capabilities and qualifications as applicable and relevant to the indicated areas and/or roles of interest; and
(b) explore technology platforms that alert participating Staff on a regular basis of suitable opportunities.
5.3.16 Once established, the University will call for expressions of interest on an annual basis.
5.3.17 The details of the staff mobility initiatives will be set out in University policy. Policies and/or procedures will be developed by the University in consultation with the MUCC.
5.3.18 The University will promote these staff mobility initiatives to Staff Members through staff communication channels. The University will also encourage Supervisors and Staff Members to discuss such opportunities through the PDR process and will amend the Recruitment Toolkit to refer to job mobility initiatives referred to in this clause.
5.3 19 Nothing in this clause will prevent the University or a Staff Member from exploring and engaging in internal or external Secondment opportunities.