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Pay rises for academics

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Parliament House

Canberra, A.C.T. 2 6 0 0


20 December, 1974


Academic staff in universities and colleges of advanced education throughout Australia will shortly receive substantial increases in salary.

This was announced by the Australian Minister for Education, Mr. Kim Beazley, today.

Mr. Beazley said he had obtained the agreement of the Acting Prime Minister and Treasurer, Dr. Cairns, that there should be immediate action to implement, the salary increases which had been recommended by the recently created Academic Salaries Tribunal.

The Tribunal’s first review, conducted by Mr. Justice Campbell, was presented to the Special Minister of State, Mr. Lionel Bowen, on 11 December and tabled in the Senate on the same day. ' ’

"The Tribunal’s report will have automatic and immediate effect in the Territories, and the Acting Prime Minister and Treasurer has agreed with me that it should also have immediate effect in the States", Mr. Beazley said.

The new salary rates, which will apply as from 16 October, 197^ will be:

Professors - $22,750, an increase of 16 percent over their - present salary.

Associate Professors and Readers - $19,500, an increase of 19 percent.

Senior Lecturers - a new range of $15,400 to- $17,9.00, an increase of 22 percent.

Lecturers - a new range of $11,250 to $15,100, an increase of from 22 percent to 25 percent.

Principal Tutors - a new range of $11,250 to $14,000 - an increase of from 23 to 25 percent

Senior Tutors - a new range of $9,750 to $11,250 - an increase . of from 25 percent to 29 percent

Tutors - a new range of $8,000 to $9,500 - an increase of from 30 percent to 34 percent.

The salaries of part-time academic staff are to be increased in direct proportion to the increases payable to comparable full-time staff

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Mr. Beazley said academic staff would also be entitled to an annual holiday loading as recommended in the Tribunal's report.

Funds would be provided by the Australian Government as soon as possible, after the necessary information has been provided by universities and college authorities. ; v.:

Mr. !Beazley said legislation authorizing the payment of grants to the states at the increased level would be introduced in the Autumn session of Parliament. ยท

Further enquiries t o : Mr. Ken Henrick, Press Secretary

. Tel: 73 1343 '