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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 1476


Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Shipp ing and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that Commonwealth Railways employees who are on compensation for a period exceeding 3 months, lose pro rata annual leave for the period they are absent from work on compensation.

(2)   If so, will the Government take the necessary steps to have the relevant provisions in the Commonwealth Railways By-laws altered to ensure that these employees are not penalised by the loss of any annual leave entitlements due to their absence from work because of injury sustained in the course of their employment.

(3)   Do similar provisions apply to employees in other Commonwealth departments and instrumentalities.


Mr Hunt - As Acting Minister for Shipping and Transport, I provide the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Pending review of Commonwealth Railways By-laws the Commonwealth Railways Commissioner issued an administrative directive on 18th October 1971 to the effect that Commonwealth Railways employees who are on compensation for a period exceeding 3 months, would not lose pro rata annual leave for the period they are absent from work on compensation.

(2)   Attention is invited to question on notice No. 3086 wherein advice was given that Com monwealth Railways By-laws were currently under review and amendment to the provision referred to was being considered. This review is not yet completed.

(3)   The Public Service Board has advised that an employee employed under the Public Service Act who is absent and in receipt of benefits under the Compensation (Commonwealth Employees') Act 1971 does not lose his eligibility for recreation leave because of that absence. In those statutory authorities where the relevant legislation requires the approval of the Public Service Board to determinations of terms and conditions of service, similar standards are applied as in employment under the Public Service Act.







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