Manual of Policies and Procedures

B/6.7 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural and ceremonial leave

Contact Officer

Associate Director, Human Resources (Workplace Relations)

Approval Date

09/11/2015

Approval Authority

Vice-Chancellor and President

Date of Next Review

01/11/2018

6.7.1 Policy principles
6.7.2 Application
6.7.3 Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander cultural and ceremonial leave
Related Documents
Modification History

6.7.1 Policy principles

The University recognises the importance for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff to fulfil cultural or ceremonial obligations in accordance with traditional customs and laws. Cultural or ceremonial obligations may be ‘traditional’ or ‘urban’ in nature and may include: initiation, birthing and naming, funeral, smoking or cleansing and sacred site or land, sea and sky ceremonies.

A staff member should endeavour to provide as much notice as possible of the requested leave. If it is not possible for the staff member to give prior notice, the staff member will notify the supervisor of such absence at the earliest opportunity.

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6.7.2 Application

This policy applies to ongoing and fixed-term staff who identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, and are accepted as such by their community.

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6.7.3 Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander cultural and ceremonial leave

Entitlement

Eligible staff members may be granted up to three days non-cumulative Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural and ceremonial leave on full pay in a 12 month period.

Part-time staff are granted this leave on a proportional basis of the full-time entitlement.

Application and approval for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural and ceremonial leave

A staff member must apply for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural and ceremonial leave on-line via the QUT Digital Workplace for approval prior to the leave being taken or, where this is not possible, at the earliest opportunity, or upon return to work.

The supervisor may require reasonable evidence in support of an application for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural and ceremonial leave.

Subject to approval from the authorising officer, a staff member may take personal leave, recreation leave, accrued long service leave or leave without pay for additional cultural and ceremonial purposes.

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Related Documents

MOPP B/6.2 Recreation leave

MOPP B/6.3 Personal leave, sick/carer’s leave, and compassionate leave

MOPP B/6.5 Long service leave

MOPP B/6.5 Leave without pay

MOPP Appendix 3 – Schedule of Authorities and Delegations

QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff) (QUT staff access only)

QUT Enterprise Agreement (Professional Staff) (QUT staff access only)

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Modification History

Date

Sections

Source

Details

09.11.15 All Vice-Chancellor New policy

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