Policies and procedures

Policy No.
Human Resources
Authoring Organisational Unit
Human Resources - Central Unit
Date Approved
28/04/2015 Revised 09/02/2016
Next Review Date
Approving Body
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor And Registrar

The University of Western Australia

University Policy on: Fixed Annual Remuneration (FAR) Contracts

Purpose of the policy and summary of issues it addresses:

This policy outlines the use of FAR contracts for the University's fixed-term senior management positions. It also highlights the contractual obligations for each relevant senior appointment.


"Act" means the University of Western Australia Act 1911 (WA).

"Employee" means an employee of the University employed under a Senior Employment Agreement; known as a FAR contract.

"FAR" means the total fixed annual remuneration payable per year, which may include salary, superannuation, performance bonus or other allowances or incentives.

"Senior Employment Agreement" means the formal contract of employment between the University and holders of senior management positions.

"Senior Management Positions" include Executive, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Deans and Senior Academic and Professional and General Staff, as defined in the relevant collective agreement.

"Standing Remuneration Committee" means the University Committee comprising the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and at least one of the Chief Operating Officer or the Director, Human Resources.

"University" means The University of Western Australia.

Policy statement:

Employees engaged on FAR contracts must comply with the Act, Statutes, Regulations, Bylaws and Policies of the University.

All employees are required, as a condition of employment, to abide by the University's Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct.

1 Scope

1.1 This policy is applicable to the following senior management positions:

1.1.1 Executive members including, but not limited to:

  • Vice-Chancellor
  • Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Registrar
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Engagement)

1.1.2 Pro Vice-Chancellor roles including but not limited to:

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation)

1.1.3 Deans including, but not limited to:

  • All Faculty Deans
  • Dean of Indigenous Studies
  • Dean of Coursework Studies
  • Dean of Graduate Research

1.1.4 Senior Academic Management Positions:

Academic staff who are employed in senior academic management positions at a base salary level of 120 per cent above the salary level of Level E for a period of up to five years, as per subclause 6.12 of Schedule B - Fixed-Term Employment of the Academic Staff Agreement 2014.

1.1.5 Senior Management Positions:

Professional staff who are employed in senior management positions above 120 per cent of the salary level of Level 10 for a period of up to five years, as per subclause 5.5.10 of Schedule F - Categories of Employment of the Professional and General Staff Agreement 2014.

2 Conditions of Employment

2.1 FAR contracts detail specific conditions of employment for senior management positions. Where conditions specified in the relevant contract contradict the applicable Staff Agreement, the former will prevail.

2.2 FAR contracts are fixed-term contracts that specify senior employee entitlements, rights and obligations whilst employed by the University.

3 Benefits

3.1 FAR is the total yearly compensation package that an employee will receive. Compensation packages may include salary, superannuation, performance bonus or other allowances or incentives.

3.2 FAR appointees are not entitled to salary increases granted to University staff employed under the Academic Staff Agreement or the Professional and General Staff Agreement.

3.3 FAR appointees will have their remuneration reviewed on an annual basis, which may or may not result in an increase.

3.4 Increases of more than 10% of total FAR, as proposed under clause 3.3, require authorisation from the appropriate Executive member and the approval of the Standing Remuneration Committee.

4 Contract Duration

4.1 Contracts are typically for a period of up to five years and may be extended.

5 Disputes

5.1 Disputes arising during the course of employment, will be addressed under the relevant FAR contract and not under the Professional and General or Academic Staff Agreements (where relevant).

Related forms:


TRIM File No:


Contact position:

Associate Director, HR Services

Related Policies or legislation:

Academic Staff Agreement

Professional and General Staff Agreement

UWA Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct