29. Shift work and shift allowances

29.1  Subject to the prerequisites of clause 28.1, shift work will be in accordance with this clause. The normal hours of work of a staff member engaged on shift work must not exceed 35 per week, 38 per week for a staff member employed in the Hospitality stream of University House and Halls of Residence or 38 per week for 12 hour security staff in Facilities and Services Division (normally with start time of 7.00 am/pm and finish time of 7.00pm/am), when averaged over a cycle of shifts.

29.2  With their consent, Facilities and Services Division security officers working 12 hours shift rosters will undergo a biannual fitness assessment, and annual flu injections. With respect to the above, the University will provide the staff member with not less than three days notice during their rostered shift that a medical fitness assessment is scheduled, the name and address of the provider, and pay the costs of the medical assessment, tests and any reasonable travelling costs incurred.

29.3  A shift worker is a staff member who is required by the University to work on a regularly rostered basis outside the normal span of hours.

29.4  Annualised shift allowances for Security Officers

For security officers in John Curtin School of Medical Research and Facilities & Services Division, or where it is agreed by the manager and the staff that an annualised arrangement should apply, the following annual allowance for security officers will be paid in lieu of all shift entitlements:

Security Officer Annualised Shift Allowance ($)
Previous rate From 1 July 2013
From 3 July 2014
From 2 July 2015 3%    From 14 July 2016
$11,855 $12,211 $12,577 $12,954 $13,343

General application of shift work

29.5  Where shift work is required, the University will provide a shift work roster. Rostered times must not be changed unless at least 7 day's notice is given to the staff member concerned, except in circumstances beyond the control of the University, the shifts on a roster may be changed with 48 hours' notice or by mutual consent between a staff member and supervisor. Subject to the provisions of clauses 28.2 - 28.20, time worked by a shift worker outside the rostered hours of work for a shift on any day will be paid at overtime rates. Places in a shift roster may be interchanged by mutual agreement between the staff members concerned and the supervisor.

Subject to the provisions of clause 28.10, where less than 7 days notice has been given and a staff member is required to work on a rostered day off, the staff member will be paid overtime for the time worked on that day.

Shift work coinciding with daylight savings changeover

29.6  Where a staff member is performing shift work during the daylight savings changeover from standard time to summer time or the reverse, the staff member will be paid for a full shift, no more and no less.

Shift work - penalty rates

29.7  Subject to clauses 29.8 - 29.10, a staff member who works shift work will be entitled to penalty rates in accordance with the following table: 

Shift Rate (%of the hourly rate applicable to the appropriate ANU Officer level)
Staff other than casual Casual staff*
Staff other than hospitality
Monday to Friday
Morning shift starts at/after 4.00am & before 6.00am but finishes at/ before midday 115% 140%
Afternoon shift finish after 6.00pm (or 7.30pm for cleaners & security staff) but no later than midnight 115% 140%
Night shift finish after midnight but no later than 8.00am 130% 155%
Hospitality staff
Monday to Friday
Shift commencing before 6.30am or finish after 7.30pm any day (Monday to Friday inclusive) 115% 140%
Shift where staff are regularly rostered** for at least 6 hours duty after 10.30pm or who is regularly rostered to commence shifts at or before 4.00am 130% 155%
Saturday 150% max 175%
Sunday 200% max 200% max
Public holiday 250% max 250% max

* These rates are inclusive of and not additional to the casual loading referred to in clause 15.7. ** The term 'regularly rostered' applies to the situation where the staff member does not rotate or alternate with other employees on day work so as to give at least 1/3rd of the staff member's working time off night shift.

Part time library shift workers

29.8  A part time, Library, shift worker will be paid the following rates in substitution of those set out in clause 29.7 when required to perform any shift work outside the normal span of hours so defined:

29.9 115% for any shift worked Monday to Friday;

29.10 125% for shift work performed on Saturday or Sunday;

29.11  250% for a public holiday.

29.12  No payment will be applicable where a staff member who would normally have been rostered to work on a day on which Australia Day or public holidays over the Christmas closure period falls (including University closure days) and is not required to work.

29.13 The parties agree to review staffing arrangements to improve best work practices for service delivery to staff and students.

Examination invigilators, field interviewers, staff members employed at the Drill Hall Gallery or the School of Arts Gallery and casual staff members employed in the library

29.14  Examination invigilators, field interviewers, staff members employed at the Drill Hall Gallery or the School of Arts Gallery and casual staff members employed in the library will not be paid the shift rates provided in clause 29.7 but will be paid at the rate of 100% for work required and performed, during any shift as defined in clause 29.7 and for any rostered shift work performed on a Saturday or Sunday (other than a public holiday).

Casual staff members employed in the library

29.15  Casual staff members employed in the library will receive the casual loading in clause 15.7 for shift work required, and performed, during any shift as defined in clause 28.7 or shift work performed on a Saturday or Sunday (except a public holiday).

Circumstances where shift penalty rates are not payable

29.16  The rates clause 29.7 will not be payable for overtime hours (in which case the rates specified in clause 28.2 will apply), or where an annualised shift allowance is paid in lieu of penalty rates.

  • A shift worker who is on annual leave will, for the period of the leave, continue to be paid the loading that they normally receives.
  • Except for those on annualised shift allowances, a shift worker who is on the personal leave provided for in clause 37 or long service leave in clause 42 will, for the period of the leave, not be paid the loading which he or she normally receives.


29.17  A trainee will not work shift work unless such shift work makes provision for approved training.