Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.37
Liaison Suzanne Davis
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Queensland
PA-12: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
25 US/Canadian $

Percentage of employees that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):

Does the institution have significant contractors with employees that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:

A list or brief description of significant on-site contractors:
On site contractors include cleaners, waste contactors, maintenance services contractors (e.g for fire systems, electrical, lifts, mechanical etc.).

Percentage of employees of on-site contractors known to receive a living wage or be covered by collective bargaining agreements (i.e., union contracts):

Total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time or full-time employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
125 percent

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade:
The lowest paid employee pay grade is $59,748 AUD which includes $51,067 AUD base salary plus a retirement benefit of $8,681 AUD. Both figures are quoted per annum.

Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:

A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:
UQ's enterprise bargaining agreement details wages including minimum wages and entitlements, which provides an agreement for wages in excess of the living wage.

All pay details are available online:

Website URL where information about employee compensation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The Living Wage data has been cross referenced to ABS, ACOSS, ACTU and RAFFWU data and definitions. The quoted living wage is the highest hourly rate from these sources taken for an individual contributing to the household income.

The living wage is defined as 60% of the median Australian wage.

The ABS, Australian Bureau of Statistics, defines the median wage as $1,463, thus a living wage of 60% for a 36.25h/w = $24.22/h.

The ACTU, Australian Council of Trade Unions, the peak body to co-ordinate union campaigns representing Australian workers, also defines a living wage as 60% of the median wage. The RAFFWU, an example member union, defines the living wage is $25/h.

ACOSS, The Australian Council of Social Service, is a national advocate for action to reduce poverty and inequality and the peak body for the community services sector in Australia. The ACOSS Poverty in Australia Report 2020
http://povertyandinequality.acoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Poverty-in-Australia-2020_Part-1_Overview.pdf https://www.acoss.org.au/

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