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The COVID-19 Jobs Protection Framework enabled a University to propose a variation of its enterprise agreement/agreements (EA) to staff to introduce significant cost saving measures for the period through to 30 June 2021 (or potentially longer) with the support of the National Tertiary Education Industry Union (NTEU). Those measures then became available to the University if its proposed EA variation was approved by staff and the Fair Work Commission (FWC). The intention was for Universities to be able to put a proposed EA Variation to a vote of staff from early/mid June, aiming for expedited FWC approval within the following 2-3 weeks. A set of Q&As was put together addressing process and related issues.
Each university was able to determine if it wanted to utilise the measures made available by this framework.
The measures available to a University depended on whether the Expert Assessment Panel (EAP) determined that the University’s financial situation met the criteria for Category A or Category B. The EAP decision was made prior to the proposed EA Variation being put to a vote of staff by the University. The measures able to be utilised by a University as a Category A or Category B University were entirely at the discretion of the University. The University could use some or all of those available measures as it chose to meet its particular circumstances.
Other key features of the framework are as follows:
The EAV Schedule template was finalised on 2 June 2020. A document explaining the EAV Schedule was also created.
|Workings of the National Expert Assessment Panel||Download|
|University of Tasmania Report (revised), 10 July 2020||Download|
|La Trobe University Report, 2 July 2020||Download|
|Monash University Report, 2 July 2020||Download|
|The University of Western Australia Report, 7 July 2020||Download|
|University of Adelaide Report, 17 July 2020||Download|
|Queensland University of Technology Report, 23 July 2020||Download|