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Western Sydney University Professional Staff Agreement 2017: What You Need to Know

In 2017, Western Sydney University (WSU) reached a new enterprise agreement with its professional staff. This agreement outlines the terms and conditions of employment for approximately 1,700 professional staff members across the university.

Here’s a breakdown of what the agreement includes and what it means for those working at WSU.

Salary Increases

The agreement includes a 7.5% increase in salaries over three years, with a 2% increase in the first year, 2.5% in the second year, and 3% in the third year. This increase is in line with the Australian higher education sector.

Parental Leave

The agreement includes an increased period of paid parental leave, from 14 weeks to 18 weeks. This applies to both primary and secondary caregivers and is in line with the Australian government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme.

Flexible Work Arrangements

The agreement acknowledges the importance of work-life balance and includes provisions for flexible work arrangements, such as part-time work, job sharing, and working from home. This is particularly important for staff with caring responsibilities or those who may need to work around other commitments.

Professional Development

The agreement includes a commitment to ongoing professional development opportunities for staff, including training, courses, and workshops. This ensures that staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their roles effectively and stay up-to-date with industry developments.

Workload Management

The agreement acknowledges the importance of workload management and includes provisions for monitoring workload and ensuring that staff are not overburdened with work. This is important for staff wellbeing and ensures that work is completed to a high standard.

Overall, the Western Sydney University Professional Staff Agreement 2017 is a positive step towards ensuring fair and equitable employment conditions for professional staff at the university. It reflects the needs and expectations of staff in today’s workplace and demonstrates WSU’s commitment to providing a supportive and inclusive work environment.