Feedback on travel allowance provisions

The MDBA is currently reviewing its travel allowance (TA) provisions and is seeking feedback on the rates and provisions adopted by other small  agencies. Until now, the MDBA has provided travel allowance in accordance with ATO guidance as per Taxation Determination 2020/5. This categorizes TA into three tiers, meaning non-SES staff at the EL2.2 level or above receive a higher allowance than other non-SES staff.

The MDBA is now looking to align with the APSC rates which simplifies the provision of TA to SES or non-SES staff.

Before confirming a change to our TA provisions, we are interested in your feedback on how TA is implemented within your agency. If you would be happy to share your TA approach our contact is Ellynne Nguyen 02 6279 0135 ellynne.nguyen@mdba.gov.au

With thanks

Cedelle Burroughs

People and Culture and Regionalisation program

MDBA

 

reimbursement scheme for home office equipment

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare are considering a proposal to reimburse staff for the purchase of monitors due to the need to work from home.

While from a WHS perspective it seems a good idea, in practice it raises questions such as why stop at monitors, ownership, equity (i.e. many staff have purchased equipment already), fringe benefits.

We would like to hear from agencies operating a reimbursement scheme for home office equipment, and the terms and conditions they are using.

Many thanks,

Sandra Bailey (she/her)

Unit Head

People and Facilities Unit, Business and Communications Group

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

02 6244 1034 sandra.bailey@aihw.gov.au |

formal process for flex audit requests

The ACIC is seeking to establish a formal process for flex audit requests of our employees. We are looking to create a checklist or form that Managers must complete if they are requesting a flex audit. The form would be used by the People Operations group to determine if the flex audit is necessary.

If you have a similar document you are able to share please contact shanti.galla@acic.gov.au

 

compassionate transfer policy

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority would like to hear from agencies who may have a policy or guidance in place for Compassionate Transfers.

Please reply to Simon.Bartholomew@mdba.gov.au and consider posting on Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.

leave management and conditions policy or guidance

The Murray-darling Basin Authority would like to hear from agencies who may have a policy or guidance in place for Leave management and conditions.

Please post to policies-procedures-and-guidelines/payroll-and-entitlements or email Simon.Bartholomew@mdba.gov.au

individual flexibility arrangements

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner would like to hear from agencies who may have a policy or guidance in place for Individual Flexibility Arrangements (IFA).

Please reach out to the People & Culture team on oaicpeopleandculture@oaic.gov.au if you are able to share any information.

working from office/home ratio post covid

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care would appreciate details from agencies regarding their policy on the number of days their staff are required to work in the office post covid.

Please email your responses to Alex Sonsie at ACSQHCHR@safetyandquality.gov.au.

delegations regarding leave approval

I am seeking advice regarding delegation’s agencies have in place in relation to the approval of miscellaneous leave with and without pay i.e:

  • What positions have the delegation to approved miscellaneous paid leave?
  • Is there any time limits/reason limits placed on delegations to approve miscellaneous paid leave i.e. XX delegate can approve 3 days, XX delegate can approve 5 days?
  • What positions have the delegation to approve miscellaneous unpaid leave?
  • Is there any time limits/reason limits placed on delegations to approve miscellaneous unpaid leave i.e. XX delegate can approve 3 days, XX delegate can approve 5 days?

Your assistance would be appreciated.

Shan Williams
Assistant Manager

People Operations Section

Corporate and Research Division

Australian Communications and Media Authority

T +61 02 6219 5313

shan.williams@acma.gov.au

service level agreements for hr functions

We are keen to hear from agencies that are able to share Service Level Agreement (SLAs) for their HR functions.

We’re looking to establish a tiered service delivery model in our new operating model and it would be great to not start our SLAs from scratch.

Many thanks,

Courtney Swain (she/her)

Assistant Director, People Strategy

People Services Branch, Chief Operating Officer Division

Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Email: courtney.swain@dva.gov.au Phone: 02 6276 4562

flexible working arrangements policies

AIATSIS is interested to hear from agencies able to share policies on Flexible Working Arrangements (including part-time, working from home, remote working etc).

Please contact bruce.hogan@aiatsis.gov.au