Draft Academic Workload Formula
All faculties at the University of Sydney have developed and submitted an academic teaching workload allocation policy to the Academic Workload Monitoring Committee (AWMC). These policies vary significantly across the University, with teaching activities often categorised according to local, historical custom. This diversity makes it very difficult to compare the calculation and distribution of workloads by faculty across the University.
At the same time, most academic staff are required by the Enterprise Agreement (2009-2012) to perform 40% or 690 hours of their annual workload in teaching activities. This means that the University not only aspires to equity in academic teaching workloads across the institution, but is required to implement it. However, without a uniform method for calculating teaching workloads across the University, it is virtually impossible to determine the degree of equity that prevails, let alone achieve it.
The NTEU is therefore proposing a model formula for calculating and allocating teaching workloads that may be applied across the University towards the achievement of equity in academic employment. The union will seek to establish and implement the formula through the Academic Workload Monitoring Committee, the membership of which includes 4 NTEU representatives. The Committee’s discussions will be extended to include the University’s Senior Executive Group.
It is important that the NTEU representatives have the support of the membership for a university-wide workload formula before seeking to introduce it to the AWMC. We therefore invite members to read the proposed model and to attend an NTEU Members' Meeting at 1 pm on Wednesday, May 30 to provide feedback on the formula.
The Draft NTEU Academic Workload Formula is available to download below.