11. Consultative Mechanisms

11.1 The University is committed to consulting with employees directly on workplace matters affecting them. The University will utilise a variety of mechanisms to communicate with employees. These may include, but are not limited to:

11.2 Departmental and/or Faculty meetings

11.2.1 Managers and Supervisors are primarily responsible for advising and consulting with employees regarding decisions that occur within the work area.

11.2.2 Where an employee meets with their manager, supervisor or another University representative the employee may be represented by a nominated representative.

11.3 Staff Consultative Committee

11.3.1 A Staff Consultative Committee will be established within six (6) weeks from the date of certification of this Agreement and will normally meet six (6) times per year. The composition of the Staff Consultative Committee will be:

  • Eight (8) management representatives nominated by the Vice-Chancellor;
  • Eight (8) employee representatives consisting of the following:
    • Five (5) union representatives nominated as follows
      (i) two (2) NTEU representatives;
      (ii) one (1) ASU representative;
      (iii) one (1) CPSU representative;
      (iv) one (1) LHMU representative.
    • Three (3) employee representatives consisting of the following:
      (i) One (1) academic employee representative elected by and from academic employees.
      (ii) One (1) professional employee representative elected by and from professional employees.
      (iii) One (1) employee representative elected by and from all employees.

    11.3.2 Elected employee representatives will be elected by and from relevant employees for the life of the Agreement. Where a vacancy arises during the life of the Agreement the position will be filled by further election.

    11.3.3 The Staff Consultative Committee will act as a forum for consultation regarding the implementation of this Agreement and for employment issues.

    11.3.4 Employees nominated or elected to the Staff Consultative Committee will be entitled to include the duties of the Staff Consultative Committee as part of their normal work allocation, and will be provided with reasonable time to attend meetings and consult with other employees.