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Further progress in university workplace reform.



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Commonwealth Minister for Education, Science & Training

Media Release

Further Progress in University Workplace Reform

25 February, 2002 MIN 16/02

Queensland University of Technology, the University of Southern Queensland and the Australian Maritime College have been awarded second round funding under the Workplace Reform Programme.

The Programme provides additional funding of up to $259 million over three years to universities that demonstrate a commitment to, and then implement, reforms to their management and workplace relations practices.

The successful institutions have implemented reforms over a wide range of areas.

For example, Queensland University of Technology has implemented performance management arrangements for all staff and has demonstrated that its employment conditions are tailored to meet its organisational needs.

The University of Southern Queensland has introduced more flexible working conditions that meet local needs and has streamlined its recruitment procedures and internal administration processes.

The Australian Maritime College has also implemented a range of positive initiatives, including sharing educational resources and providing courses over a full year.

This announcement follows the successful conclusion of the first round of the Programme in December last year. With all universities now having received first round funding, I am looking forward to seeing further workplace reforms in the sector during the coming year.

Second round applications will undergo rigorous assessment not only to ensure that universities have made genuine improvements in their workplace and management practices, but also that these improvements have resulted in real benefits to the universities.

A number of further applications for the second round are currently being considered.

The guidelines for the Programme are on the DEST Internet site at: http://www.dest.gov.au/highered/programmes/workplace_reform/roundtwo_wrp.htm

For further information: Dr Nelson’s Office Ross Hampton 0419 484 095 DEST Jane Smith 02 6240 9531