5.3 Employment Matters

5.3 Employment Matters

5.3.1 Superannuation

Information on employee superannuation is available in the Senators and Members’ Entitlements handbook.

5.3.2 Relief Staff

When a personal employee is absent on approved leave for a period of 12 weeks or more, a person may be temporarily employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 to fill the vacancy.  A vacancy of two weeks or more may be filled by the temporary performance progression of an employee within the Opposition Office Holder’s office1 or the temporary transfer of an employee from the office of another Senator or Member.2

5.3.3 Work Handover for Personal Employees

For the purposes of a work handover, an Opposition Office Holder may overlap the employment of two personal employees against the same position, for a period of up to two days, where a person is:

  • employed to replace a personal employee who is vacating a position (for example, due to promotion, transfer or resignation);
  • commencing leave for a period of 12 weeks or more; or
  • returning from a period of leave of 12 weeks or more.3

This arrangement is provided to allow employees to transfer work and relevant skills and share information on office procedures. The handover period remains available even where a new personal employee has a different work base to the vacating employee.4

5.3.4 Authorisations

An Opposition Office Holder may authorise another person in writing to exercise powers under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 on his or her behalf.5 Further information is available in the Senators and Members’ Entitlements handbook.

5.3.5 Workplace Practices

All employees have the right to be treated fairly and with respect. Opposition Office Holders should, on behalf of the Australian Government, provide a work environment which is safe, free from discrimination, bullying and harassment and which supports both the productivity and health of employees. Further details of obligations and responsibilities in relation to workplace practices are available to all Senators and Members.

In the event that an issue arises in relation to workplace practices, an attempt to resolve the issue internally should be made. If the result is unsatisfactory, the relevant Ministerial and Parliamentary Services Entitlements Manager is available to assist.

Dispute prevention and resolution procedures for matters covered by the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012‑2015, are outlined in Part K of that Agreement.6

Footnotes

1  Clause 25 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.

2  Clause 15.4 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.

3  Determination 2008/Part III/3: Work handover for personal employees, made under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984.

4  Clause 2(b) of Determination 2008/Part III/3, made under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984.

5  Section 32 of the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984.

6  Clause 75 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.