RMIT University Academic and Professional Staff Enterprise Agreement 2014


70. Higher duties allowance

70.1

An employee who is required by the University to act in a position of higher classification than that which the employee occupies will be paid a higher duties allowance provided the period of acting service in the higher position is continuous for a period of ten consecutive working days or more.

70.2

For the purposes of this clause, a public holiday will count as part of the qualifying period when an employee acts in a higher position on the working day immediately prior to and on the working day immediately following the public holiday.

70.3

Where an employee qualifies for payment of a higher duties allowance, the allowance will be payable from the date the employee commences the performance of the higher duties.

70.4

An employee who is required to perform the full duties of a higher classified position will be entitled to the payment of a higher duties allowance. The rate of the allowance will be the difference between the employee’s substantive base salary and the minimum salary applicable to the higher classified position.

70.5

Where an employee performs a portion of the duties of a higher classified position, the employee will be paid an allowance which will be equal to that proportion of the difference between the salary of the employee and the minimum salary of that higher position of which the employee is performing a portion of the duties. The proportion will equate with the proportion of the duties of the higher position performed.

70.6

Where an employee performs the duties of a higher position for periods that are not continuous but in aggregate total more than 12 months, the employee will upon the completion of each period totaling 12 months be granted salary increments applicable to the higher position provided that for the first and subsequent increments, each total 12 month period of higher duties is completed within the period of 24 months preceding that completion.

70.7

For the purposes of clause 70.6 above, where an employee performs the duties of another position having the same or higher classification than the higher position for which the employee was receiving a higher duties allowance, these duties will be deemed to be performance of duties in the higher position.

70.8

Where an employee who is performing the duties of a higher position is permanently promoted to that position, the employee will not suffer any reduction in remuneration, and will receive the same increments as if the employee had during the period of temporary service in the higher position been the permanent occupant of that position.

70.9

An employee, who at the time of proceeding on approved leave with pay (other than long service leave) was in receipt of an allowance under this clause, will continue to be paid such an allowance if the delegated officer certifies that the allowance would have been paid but for the granting of the leave, and the employee will continue to act in the higher position after the commencement of duty, provided that:

(a) where an employee is granted leave on a part-time basis; the replacement employee undertaking the duties of the higher position will receive the allowance on a pro-rata basis equivalent to the percentage of the time of leave granted;

(b) where an employee has received an allowance in respect of acting in an unbroken series of higher positions up to the time of proceeding on leave with pay (other than long service leave), the employee will continue to receive the allowance during the leave if the delegated officer certifies that the allowance would have been paid in respect of acting in any one of those positions but for the granting of leave and the employee will continue to act in the higher position after the commencement of duty.

70.10

When higher duties allowance payments are included in leave with pay in accordance with clause 70.9 above, the leave period in respect of which the payments are included will be regarded as service for the purpose of the granting of increments in accordance with this clause.

70.11

An allowance payable to an employee under this clause will be regarded as salary for the purposes of calculating all other types of allowances, including overtime.

70.12

An employee will not be penalised in any way for a refusal to perform higher duties.

70.13

Nothing in this clause will prevent higher duties allowance being authorised for periods less than specified in sub clause 70.1.

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