Supported Wage - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

This policy covers the eligibility criteria for people with a disability employed at the University under the Supported Wage System.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

Enterprise Agreement - The University of Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014 – 2017

Supported Wage System (SWS) - the Commonwealth Government system to promote employment for people who cannot work at full salary levels because of a disability

Disability support pension - the Commonwealth pension scheme to provide income security for persons with a disability as provided under the Social Security Act 1991, as amended from time to time, or any successor to that scheme

3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to the employment of professional staff with a disability under the Supported Wage System.

This policy does not apply to any existing staff member who has a claim against the University that is subject to the provisions of Workers’ Compensation legislation or any provision relating to the rehabilitation of staff who are injured in the course of their employment.

4. Policy Statement

The University’s commitment to employ people with a disability is set out in PPL 1.70.08a  Disability – Policy.

Staff covered by the Supported Wage System are those who are unable to perform the range of duties to the competency level required, within the class of work for which they are engaged under the SWS because of the effects of a disability on the staff member’s productive capacity.

Staff with a disability who access the SWS are covered by the Enterprise Agreement. The assessed percentage of productivity applies only to the salary rate.

5. Eligibility

A person is eligible to participate in the SWS if they meet the following criteria:

  • the job under consideration is covered by an industrial instrument or legislative provision that permits employment for under the SWS provisions
  • the person is an Australian citizen or is a person resident in Australia whose continued presence is not subject to a time limit imposed by Australian law (e.g. a temporary visa);
  • the person is at least 15 years of age;
  • the person has no outstanding workers’ compensation claim against the current employer; and
  • the person meets the impairment criteria for receipt of the disability support pension as confirmed with Centrelink.

Further information on the eligibility for participation in the SWS and the administrative arrangements for the SWS Program are available from the Australian Government JobAccess website.

Chief Human Resources Officer Dr Al Jury
Chief Human Resources Officer Dr Al Jury