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Academic classification

A category which is used to identify members of staff who are either:

  1. People for whom salaries are the subject of determinations which are made by the Industrial Relations Department or which are made by the Remuneration Tribunal in respect of "academic and related staff", and including Vice-Chancellors, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Principals and Deputy Principals.
  2. People of the type referred to in Section 12A(1) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 (namely those appointed wholly or principally to undertake a teaching only function or a research only function or a teaching-and-research function in an institution, or those appointed by an institution to be responsible for such people), and who are funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council or other bodies.
  3. People employed on a contract basis to perform the function of teaching-only, research-only or teaching-and-research, even though their remuneration is not subject to the determination of the Industrial Relations Department or the Remuneration Tribunal.

If a member of staff is not one of the three types referred to above, they are not to be classed as having an academic classification. This convention applies even if the member of staff has a salary which is related to or tied to those members of staff in an academic classification (which may occur, for instance, for registrars and librarians). Excludes members of staff appointed wholly or principally to support the three types of members of staff referred to above.

Members of staff in academic classifications are to be coded within one of the following levels, although not all levels are applicable to all institutions: Vice-chancellor, Deputy vice-chancellor, Professor, Head of school, College fellow, and other academic staff in the Level E salary classification; Associate Professor; Principal lecturer and other academic staff in the Level D salary classification; Senior lecturer and other academic staff in the Level C salary classification; Lecturer and other academic staff in the Level B Salary classification; Below Lecturer and other academic staff in the Level A salary classification. Where a local designation or a designation of a body such as the National Health and Medical Research Council is used, it is to be translated into an appropriate category, with the primary basis for the translation being salary. A member of staff may be elected to, or appointed to, a job or position referred to by a title such as "Pro-Vice-Chancellor", "Dean" or "Head of Department". While this may involve a change in function, their classification type and level (and term) will remain unchanged in respect of their substantive appointment and their current duties.

Source: Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), Analysis and Planning Unit