Department of Health and Ageing Enterprise Agreement 2011-2014

Part A – Scope of the Agreement

Page last updated: 31 October 2011

1. Agreement title

1.1 This enterprise agreement is made under section 172 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) for the Staff of the Department of Health and Ageing (the department) and will be known as the ‘Department of Health and Ageing Enterprise Agreement 2011-2014’ (the Agreement).

2. Objectives

2.1 The objectives of the Agreement are to:
          1. deliver a flexible and competitive employment framework to Staff;
          2. maintain a strong commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of Staff;
          3. foster an environment of quality, high performing and innovative; individuals and teams;
          4. build and support effective systems and a diverse and skilled workforce to enable successful delivery of Australian Government priorities; and
          5. support the department’s Corporate Plan and values.
2.2 The parties covered by this Agreement agree to work together over the life of the Agreement to implement the policies and programs of the Australian Government, including initiatives under the APS Blueprint for Reform. These policies and programs will be implemented to benefit the Australian Community, portfolio agencies, other external stakeholders and the department Staff. In undertaking this work, there will be projects and activities required that deliver efficiencies and improvements.

2.3 Over the course of this Agreement the department expects to become more flexible and efficient, with better tools and systems to deliver health and ageing outcomes. The DoHA National Alignment (DNA) seeks to build a contemporary, enabled organisation where Staff are supported to deliver the Government's important health and ageing agenda in a consistent manner across the department. A key part of our focus in DNA and a goal of our 2010-2015 People Strategy: Improving Performance Through People, is building the skills and capability of our people.

2.4 The department recognises that major change may create uncertainty for some Staff. Therefore, one of the key objectives of this program is to engage Staff so that they can implement new systems and processes, whilst also being supported to effectively monitor and manage workloads. The department will continue to work with Staff and representatives in an open and transparent manner consistent with the consultative arrangements of this Agreement to address any issues identified through the DNA change program.

3. Coverage

3.1 The Agreement is made between the Secretary of the department, on behalf of the Commonwealth, and all non-Senior Executive Service (SES) department Staff, and covers the following unions provided they have been authorised by Fair Work Australia;
          1. Community and Public Sector Union,
          2. Australian Salaried Medical Officers' Federation,
          3. Australian Nursing Federation,
          4. Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance,
          5. Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.

4. Duration

4.1 The Agreement will come into effect seven days after approval of the Agreement by Fair Work Australia and will nominally expire on 30 June 2014.

5. Secretary’s delegation

5.1 The Secretary may in writing delegate to, or authorise any person to perform, any of the Secretary’s powers or functions under the Agreement, including the power of delegation, and may do so subject to conditions.

6. Relationship with agreements, awards and legislation

6.1 Without incorporating the terms of any legislation into the Agreement, it is acknowledged that employment in the department is subject to the provisions of various Acts (including regulations, directions, rules or instruments made under those Acts) as in force from time to time, including:

7. Closed agreement

7.1 This is a comprehensive Agreement which exhaustively states the terms and conditions of employment of the Staff covered by the Agreement other than terms and conditions applying under Commonwealth law or where varied in accordance with the terms of the Agreement.

8. No extra claims

8.1 From the commencement of operation of the Agreement, a person or organisation covered by the Agreement shall not make or pursue further claims for terms and conditions of employment that would have effect during the period of operation of the Agreement, except where consistent with the terms of the Agreement.

9. Guidelines and policies

9.1 Any authorised guidelines, policies or procedures referred to in the Agreement are not incorporated into, and do not form part of, the Agreement. If there is any inconsistency between the terms of the Agreement and the guidelines, policies and procedures, the terms of the Agreement will prevail.

9.2 Changes to relevant guidelines, policies and procedures will be subject to consultation in accordance with Part K of the Agreement.

9.3 Guidelines, policies and procedures relating to;
    1. the Performance Development Scheme,
    2. underperformance,
    3. all leave,
    4. remote localities assistance, and
    5. the department’s work level standards (WLS),
may be developed or varied from time to time subject to agreement by the parties covered by this Agreement as set out in clause 3, through the NSPF.

9.4 All guidelines, policies and procedures referred to in clause 9.3 will be reviewed during the life of the Agreement through the NSPF.

9.5 Staff should make themselves familiar with these particular guidelines, policies and procedures as they may be varied from time to time and will be applied on the basis of their terms at the time of any relevant action or decision.

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