Staff Grievance

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Staff Grievance Policy

Policy Code: HR1088


To provide the University and its staff with a clear internal policy and procedure aimed at resolving staff grievances.


This policy and the procedure apply to all staff of the University.


Grievance: Behaviour or action of another member or members of staff, which has or is likely to have an unreasonable negative impact on the ability of a staff member to undertake their duties.
Academic Freedom
  • The freedom of academic staff to teach, discuss, exhibit artistic works or public performances, research, as well as disseminate and publish the results of their research
  • The freedom of academic staff and students to engage in intellectual inquiry, to express their opinions and beliefs, and to contribute to public debate, in relation to their subjects of study and research
  • The freedom of academic staff and students to express their opinions in relation to the higher education provider in which they work or are enrolled
  • The freedom of academic staff, without constraint imposed by reason of their employment by the university, to make lawful public comment on any issues in their personal capacities
  • The freedom of academic staff to participate in professional or representative academic bodies
  • The freedom of students to participate in student societies and associations
Freedom of speech The freedom of staff, students, and invited visitors to the University to express lawful opinions publicly, without undue restriction.

Policy Statement

As part of the approach by the University to providing a fair, safe and productive work environment, consideration of grievances will be dealt with fairly, consistently, promptly and with sensitivity to all parties.


Human Resources are responsible for the provision of advice and promulgation of this Policy.

The Vice-Chancellor has overall responsibility for the implementation and review of this Policy.

Legislative Context

  • Commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009.
  • Victorian Freedom of Information Act 1982.
  • Victorian Ombudsman Act 1973.
  • Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 1995.
  • Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
  • Equal Opportunity Act 2010


The Staff Grievance Policy will be implemented throughout the University via:

  1. an Announcement Notice under ‘FedNews’ on the website and through the University's ‘Recently approved Documents’ webpage to alert the University-wide community of the approved Policy; and
  2. inclusion on the University's Policy, Procedure and Forms website; and/or
  3. information Sessions; and/or
  4. training Sessions; and/or
  5. documentation distribution, eg. posters, brochures.