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Note to staff

April 2, 2008


Salary payment of 1% for Curtin staff

I am pleased to advise that the University has decided to make an additional salary payment of 1% to all staff in recognition of the excellent contribution you have made to Curtin’s outcomes during 2007.

In particular, the payment is in recognition of the contribution made by staff towards overall improvement in the following:

  • Improved performance in eVALUate;
  • Improvements in the Curtin Annual Student Satisfaction Survey (CASS);
  • Reduction in units as part of Curriculum 2010;
  • Increased research income and publication performance;
  • Development of Curtin Expectations and the supporting procedures including revised academic promotions arrangements.

Curtin is one of the top rewarding universities in Australia in terms of salary payments and this increase will help to ensure that we retain our competitiveness. In 2007, Curtin paid scheduled salary increases to academic and general staff amounting to 5%. In addition, Curtin paid the scheduled April 2008 salary increase early to academic (3%), general (2.5%) and VTEC (3%) staff in October 2007 as an added recognition of staff contribution and performance.

As with the payment made in October last year, we are able to make this unscheduled payment due to the strong financial position of the University at this time. I am very conscious of the hard work that is being done by all of you and I thank you for this contribution. I look forward to continuing to work with you as we move forward.

The payment is effective from 1 April 2008 and will be paid to all staff on certified and individual agreements in the week of 17 April 2008.

Australia’s 2020 Summit

Congratulations to the following staff who will join other Australians including myself to attend the Prime Minister’s upcoming 2020 Summit. The staff attending from Curtin include:

  • Professor Jeanette Hacket, Vice-Chancellor
  • Associate Professor Ted Wilkes, National Drug and Research Institute
  • Professor Fiona McKenzie, Housing and Urban Research Institute of WA
  • Mr Joseph Fernandez, School of Media and Information, Humanities
  • Professor Janette Hartz-Karp, Curtin University Sustainable Policy Centre
  • Professor Daniela Stehlik, Alcoa Research Centre for Stronger Communities
  • Dr Susan Harwood, Graduate School of Business
  • Mr Keith Spence, Council member

Please be reminded that the blog is still open for comment on the Summit topics. The discussion will close this Friday to enable the University’s submission to be compiled to meet the 9 April deadline.

Earth Hour

Thank you to all staff and students who participated in Earth Hour on Saturday night. Curtin was a sponsor of the event and I am pleased to advise that the University far exceeded its target of a 5% reduction in power usage during that hour. On campus electricity consumption is measured on the hour. At 8pm the energy reduction from the average consumption was at 13.5%. By 9pm the energy savings had reached 26%.

Thank you also, to everyone who has provided feedback about our participation in Earth Hour and provided suggestions about ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint on an ongoing basis. Feedback has been sent to Mr Satis Arnold, Director of the sustainable development institute for consideration.

Vice-Chancellor’s Address to Staff

Please also be reminded that I will be addressing all staff next Wednesday, from 1.00-2.00pm in the Elizabeth Jolley lecture theatre. The address will be webcast for those staff who are unable to attend.

Vale Bob Fraser

It is with sadness that we mark the recent passing of Bob Fraser after a long illness. Many of the longer serving staff in CBS will remember him. He taught for many years in the Department of Property Studies, School of Economics and Finance. He will be remembered as a larger-than-life character with many friends.

Our sympathy is with the Fraser family and friends.



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