46. Overtime (Professional Employees)

46.1 An employee may be required to work reasonable overtime.

46.2 Overtime is the time an employee works in excess of:

  • 10 hours in a single work period; or
  • 40 hours in a seven day work cycle.

46.3 A professional employee at or below USQ Level 7, will be eligible for payment for overtime worked, as follows:

46.3.1 All overtime worked between seven and 10 hours in a single work period, or between 36 and 40 hours in a work cycle, will be paid at the employee’s ordinary rates; after that all work on a Monday to Saturday will be paid at ‘overtime rates’ as follows:

  • 150% of the ordinary rate for the first three hours; and
  • 200% of the ordinary rate, thereafter.

46.3.2 All overtime worked on a Sunday will be paid at 200% of the ordinary rate.

46.3.3 All overtime worked on a gazetted public holiday will be paid at 250% of the ordinary rate.

46.3.4 An employee who has worked overtime should be given a minimum break of ten (10) hours between the time of ceasing work and the time of commencing work on the next shift. No deduction will be made from an employee’s pay because of time lost when on this break.

46.3.5 An employee not provided with a 10 hour break will be paid at 200% of the employee’s ordinary rate of pay for all time worked until a break of not less than 10 hours has been received.

46.3.6 Clause 46.3.4 and 46.3.5 do not apply to an employee called out to work after the ordinary ceasing time where the actual time worked on the call out is less than three (3) hours.

46.3.7 All ordinary time worked on the sessional employee’s and continuing fractional employee’s (Residential Colleges only) rostered day off, will be paid at 150% for the first seven and a half (7½) hours and 200% thereafter; except on Sunday which will have all time paid at 200% and gazetted Public Holidays which will have all time paid at 250%.

46.4 Time Off in Lieu

46.4.1 A professional employee up to and including USQ Level 10, may take time off in lieu of overtime worked, at a mutually agreed time.

46.4.2 Time off in lieu is calculated on an hour for hour basis.

46.4.3 No more than the equivalent of 36 hours of time in lieu of overtime may be accrued within a six month period

46.4.4 The supervisor will ensure an employee has reasonable opportunity to take time off in lieu owing.

46.4.5 In exceptional circumstances, an employee’s time off in lieu may exceed 36 hours with the prior approval of the Executive Director. In the event that an employee is unable to avail themselves of the leave within 6 months from its accrual, application can be made to the Executive Director for the balance to be paid out on an hour for hour basis.

46.5 Meal Allowance

46.5.1 Where less than one work period of notice has been given and the employee is directed to work in excess of one (1) hour after the employee’s normal ceasing time, a meal allowance will be paid.

46.5.2 The meal allowance will be at the rate shown in Schedule F - Allowances.

46.5.3 A paid meal break of 30 minutes duration will be allowed between the 11th and 12th hour of commencing duty.

46.6 On Call and Call Out Arrangements

46.6.1 On-call is an allowance paid to an employee who is rostered for call-out standby. The call-out roster is for emergency return to work outside of the employee’s ordinary ceasing time. An employee receiving an on-call allowance is required to be contactable and available for duty at all times.

On Call rates will be paid in accordance with Schedule F - Allowances.

46.6.2 Call-out

46.6.2.1 Remote

46.6.2.1.1 Applies to employees required to be called-out via remote access including, but not limited to, telephone, modem or personal computer.

46.6.2.1.2 Where a remote call out occurs after the employee’s ordinary ceasing time, the employee will be entitled to a minimum of two (2) hours at call out rates.

46.6.2.1.3 Call out remote rates for employees at USQ Level 1 – 10 will be paid at 150% of the ordinary rate for the first two (2) hours, and 200% of the ordinary rate to be paid thereafter. All call outs on a gazetted public holiday will be paid at 250% of the ordinary rate.

46.6.2.2 Attend Work

46.6.2.2.1 Applies to employees rostered and required to be called-out and remain within an operationally reasonable travel time to the work location.

46.6.2.2.2 Where an employee is called out to the University after the employee’s ordinary ceasing time, the employee will be entitled to a minimum of two (2) hours at call out rates.

46.6.2.2.3 Call out rates for employees at USQ Level 1 – 10 will be paid at 150% of the ordinary rate for the first two (2) hours, and 200% of the ordinary rate to be paid thereafter. All call outs on a gazetted public holiday will be paid at 250% of the ordinary rate.

46.6.3 Nothing in this clause restricts the use of time off in lieu of overtime as provided for in this Agreement.

46.6.4 Where the employee is required to be on call and paid for the aforementioned allowance, there is no entitlement in respect of each subsequent call out on the same day for 46.6.2.1 and 46.6.2.2 if the call out (or call outs) fall within the original period of time for which payment is made.