Publication date
18 November 16

The NHMRC has decided to take the proposed National Health and Medical Research Council Enterprise Agreement 2016 - 2019 (the proposed Agreement) to a ballot of employees.  The proposed Agreement covers all NHMRC employees, other than Senior Executive Service employees.

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The NHMRC has decided to take the proposed National Health and Medical Research Council Enterprise Agreement 2016 - 2019 (the proposed Agreement) to a ballot of employees.  The proposed Agreement covers all NHMRC employees, other than Senior Executive Service employees.

The Fair Work Act 2009 requires that, before a ballot can commence, employees must have access to the proposed Agreement and an explanation of what has changed from the current Enterprise Agreement. To facilitate access, the proposed Agreement, a table comparing the current Agreement with the proposed Agreement and a summary of Key Changes is provided.  All employees are encouraged to read the information on the proposed agreement.

The employee access period commences on Monday, 21 November 2016 and closes on Friday,  2 December 2016.

The online ballot opens at 8:30 am (AEDT) on Monday, 5 December 2016 and closes at 5:00 pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 7 December 2016.

For more information, contact the Enterprise Agreement team by emailing human.resources@nhmrc.gov.au.

Key change amendments since the March 2016 ballot

  • Reinstating 18 days leave for ongoing employees upon commencement
  • Reinstating EL flexible work arrangements including discretionary provision for time off work for additional hours worked and ability to vary pattern of work
  • Reinstating performance and development clauses including requirement for performance assessment and feedback to be an ongoing process between supervisor and employee with regular feedback and operating on a ‘no surprises’ principle
  • Reinstating a key purpose of performance partnerships program (PPP) to enable employees and managers to set goals and identify skills development opportunities to support employees
  • Provisions requiring NHMRC to implement a structured performance assessment plan where an employee’s performance consistently falls below an acceptable level
  • Reinstating NHMRC’s commitment to learning and development.
SUMMARY OF THE AGREEMENT’S PROPOSED CHANGES
Agreement confirms the NHMRC’s commitment to:
  • Communicate and consult when implementing and applying the Agreement
  • Provide flexibility in working arrangements to assist balancing personal and work commitment
What has been retained? What is proposed to be changed?

Job Security

Changes to the Agreement provisions will not require job losses

Wage Increase - 6% over 3 years

(3% on commencement & 2%, 12 months after commencement & 1%, 24 months after commencement)

Working Hours

Full time employee’s working hours are still 150 hours averaged over 4 weeks

New Salary Rates

Introduction of pay rates for cadets and trainees

Overtime & Flexitime & TOIL

No change to accrual methods and rates

User Friendly Agreement

The new Agreement will be simpler and easier to read

Allowances

No change to Motor Vehicle, Travel, Overtime Meal, Relocation, Restriction, Workplace Responsibility (First Aid, Fire Wardens, Health & Safety Representative and Harassment Contact), Study Assistance

Allowances

Travel time now counted as work time

Workplace Responsibility Allowances can contribute towards Superannuation

Performance Management

No change however updated to help build a high performance culture and teams

Removed from EA as contained within Legislation

Freedom of Association, Harassment & Bullying, Environment and Work Health & Safety

Staff Consultation

No change to current Staff Consultative Forum consultation arrangements 

Removed from EA and included as Policy

Staff Consultation Forum, Performance Partnership Program, Workplace Delegate Protocol, Outside Employment, Loss of Damage to Clothing or Personal Effects, Working from Home, Administration of Leave entitlements

Learning & Development

We will continue to invest in your development by providing funding and support for training

Flexible Working Arrangements

No change to flexible working arrangements

Leave Entitlements

Annual Leave - 20 days per year for full time employees

Personal/Carers Leave - 18 days per year for full time employees

Personal/Carer Leave

If you are absent for 10 days or more in a year without evidence, you will need to provide reasonable evidence
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