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Policy: Remuneration and conditions


To inform staff about the principles underpinning remuneration and employment benefits for staff at The Australian National University (ANU).


This policy applies across the University.

Policy Statement


  1. ANU aims to provide fair and equitable conditions to our staff in terms of work environment, salary, non-salary benefits and other employment conditions to attract and retain outstanding staff, having regard to pay conditions and competition within the relevant employment markets and higher education sector.
  2. ANU recognises that individuals are motivated by different factors and the University seeks to meet these by providing a range of benefits to reward our staff for their contribution to the University’s strategic goals.
  3. ANU is committed to providing total remuneration package equity for staff. This includes developing approaches to review and address gender pay gaps.

Approval for remuneration and benefits

  1. A delegate exercises their delegation to approve the provision of these benefits in accordance with the conditions and approval arrangements in the respective procedure for each benefit. In considering their approval of these benefits, delegates must ensure their decision is equitable.
  2. Loadings and allowances for professional staff are defined in the ANU Procedure: Professional staff loadings and allowances.
  3. Loadings and allowances for academic staff are defined in the ANU Procedure: Academic staff loadings and allowances.
  4. Approvals of remuneration and benefits beyond those provided for in the relevant procedures require approval of the Chief People Officer or the Vice-Chancellor and President.

Base salary

  1. Is derived from the salary structure under the current ANU Enterprise Agreement and rewards staff for the scope of activities required in their position.


  1. ANU provides an employer contribution higher than the standard mandated by the Commonwealth Superannuation Guarantee Act. In addition, there are provisions for staff to provide additional contributions.

Salary packaging

  1. Staff at ANU can salary package a range of items, including superannuation, to help maximise the value of their total remuneration package.

Motor vehicles

  1. Where specified in the individual's employment contract, a motor vehicle may be provided in accordance with the ANU Policy: Motor Vehicle Acquisition.

Flexible working arrangements

  1. Arrangements to enable ANU staff to more effectively balance their work and family responsibilities may include:
  1. paid, unpaid leave and purchased leave;
  2. remote working arrangements; and
  3. part-time employment; job share, flexible working arrangements, flexitime and/ flexible hours.

Salary advancement

  1. The following options are available to staff who meet the established criteria:
  1. Salary increases in accordance with the ANU Enterprise Agreement, individual performance based employment contracts or ANU policy, as applicable;
  2. promotion for academic staff via an annual promotion process;
  3. increment to next salary step within level where the staff member acquires new skills, experience, knowledge and satisfactory performance against their Performance and Development Review and/or Focus;
  4. accelerated incremental advancement where the staff member's acquisition of new skills, experience, and knowledge requires earlier recognition;
  5. a higher duties allowance (HDA) is payable when a professional staff member is temporarily requested to perform all or some of the duties that normally form part of a higher-level position;
  6. an experience loading may be payable to casual sessional academic staff;
  7. reclassification of a professional staff position can be sought where the role and duties has changed to such an extent that it meets the classification standards for the next level, and is approved by the University Staffing Committee; and
  8. staff can apply for advertised positions within the University that are at a higher level.


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Title Remuneration and conditions
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_000454
Purpose To inform staff about the principles underpinning remuneration and employment benefits for staff at ANU.
Audience Staff, Prospective Staff
Category Administrative
Topic/ SubTopic Staff - Remuneration & Benefits
Effective Date 9 May 2024
Next Review Date 4 Dec 2026
Responsible Officer: Chief People Officer
Approved By: Vice-Chancellor
Contact Area Human Resources Division
Authority: The Australian National University Enterprise Agreement 2023-2026
Delegations 0

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