RMIT University Academic and Professional Staff Enterprise Agreement 2014

47. Other leave


Paid leave will be granted to an employee for the duration of attendance at a court for jury service or for appearing as a Crown witness or to provide evidence directly related to her or his employment at RMIT. Fees for jury service will not be deducted from salary. Evidence of the requirement to attend a court and of attendance will be submitted to the University.


An employee who is in the Defence Reserve will be entitled to two weeks paid leave for attendance at an annual training camp and a further four paid days a year for the same purpose on the certification of the unit’s Commanding Officer. Such an employee will also be entitled to two weeks leave in any one year for up to two schools, classes or courses conducted by or on behalf of the Reserve, but the University will pay the difference between normal salary and any pay received from the Reserve. Applications for leave will be submitted before leave commences and evidence of attendance will also be required on return to duty.


An employee who donates blood will be granted paid leave for each such attendance.


An employee whose services are required as a member of a voluntary organisation called upon by government or a competent authority to assist in fire-fighting, other emergency assistance, or auxiliary operations, or who responds to an appeal for volunteers for such assistance, will be granted paid leave for duration of operations plus an additional day for recovery.


An employee who participates as a competitor or accredited official in the Olympics or Commonwealth Games will be entitled to paid leave for the period of competition together with reasonable travel time. Participants in other international or interstate competitions will be entitled to unpaid leave. The entitlement to leave for these purposes is up to 20 days in a year of service and 14 days notice will be given by the employee along with documentary evidence.


A candidate for Federal or State Parliament will be entitled to unpaid leave for all or part of the period between the close of nominations and the declaration of the poll, but may use annual or long service credits during such absence.


Up to three days unpaid leave will be granted for the purpose of cultural, ceremonial or religious observance, subject to the submission of a statutory declaration or other satisfactory evidence.


It is acknowledged that members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have responsibilities for a significant level of cultural and ceremonial obligations. These include but are not limited to: preparing for and attending community business; National Aboriginal and Islander Observation Committee Week functions; National Sorry Day and/or other relevant cultural duties and events; and fulfilling ceremonial and community obligations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff will be granted six days per year paid leave for cultural and ceremonial obligations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Additional paid special leave may be approved by the University as agreed with the staff member.


The University may grant such other paid or unpaid leave on such terms and conditions as may be agreed with an employee.


An employee required to perform all or the majority of duties at a campus or site other than the previous place of work will be entitled to up to two days paid leave to remove household goods where he or she relocates to a residence that is closer to the new workplace or, in the case of a commuter by public transport, more convenient for travel by public transport.


Paid leave of up to five days per calendar year may be granted to an employee to attend short courses or seminars on industrial relations or dispute resolution or national conference on the following conditions.

(a) That the University’s operating requirements permit the granting of leave.

(b) That the scope, content and level of the short courses are such as to contribute to a better understanding of workplace employee relations.

(c) Leave on full pay in excess of five working days and up to 10 working days may be granted to a employee in any one calendar year subject to the total leave granted in that year and in the subsequent calendar year not exceeding 10 working days.

(d) Payment will be at the full rate of pay excluding shift and other penalty payments, or overtime.

(e) The University will be provided prior formal advice of the training course at least 10 working days before the commencement of the course. The formal advice must detail the duration of the course, the course outline and the venue of the course. This formal advice should accompany an application for leave by the employee.

(f) Expenses associated with attendance at such courses or seminars e.g. fares, accommodation, meal costs and course materials will be met by the employee concerned.

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