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Substantive Appointment

The substantive appointment of a member of staff refers to the job or position for which they have an entitlement or would normally occupy in the absence of any acting appointment. 

Where a member of staff acts temporarily in a job or position other than the one for which they have a substantive appointment, the acting job or position is not to be classed as being their substantive appointment. This convention applies even in circumstances where a member of staff has been formally appointed to an acting position after a competitive selection process. It also applies irrespective of the length of the acting arrangement, and in cases where the acting appointment is until further notice. 

If a member of staff's classification level or term of appointment changes on a permanent basis, their substantive appointment changes accordingly. 

If there is a change in salary increment within the one classification level, their substantive appointment does not change. 

A member of staff may have more than one substantive appointment with a higher education provider. This situation would exist, for example, where a member of staff has two appointments, each involving a fractional full-time work contract.


This glossary item applies to the collection types:
  • Higher Education Staff Collection