Where unis underpaid staff $50m

The NSW Auditor General reports universities have over and underpaid “certain staff” for “several years”

The  2021 report states universities recorded provisions of $50.8m as of December last($57.6 million in 2020) “relating to historical underpayments of staff wages and entitlements.”

This was down from $57.6m in 2020.

Nine of the ten NSW public universities started or completed procedures “to mitigate the risk of future staff underpayments” last year with the unnamed other set to begin.

The report attributes under and over payment of staff, to “complexity in enterprise agreements and inconsistent interpretation of the terms within those agreements.”

The findings are in the state audit office’s report on universities for last year.