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Decrease to FBT Rate – 1 April 2017

April 21, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Due to legislation changes, a number of Fringe Benefits Tax (“FBT”) rates have decreased with effect from 1 April 2017. 

Salary packaging arrangements will also need to be re-evaluated to have effect from 1 April 2017 and possibly adjusted to account for the change in the salary packaging gross up rates.

The rate change will also affect the RFBA (Reportable Fringe Benefit Amount) reported on the 2018 PAYG Payment Summaries for employees receiving fringe benefits.

If you have any questions, see your Faculty Finance & Planning Manager / Division Support or email taxhelpdesk@adelaide.edu.au.

The information below summarises the rate decreases for the 2018 FBT year (1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018).

Rate Current FBT Rate Revised FBT Rate
FBT Rate 49% 47%
Type 1 Gross Up Rate 2.1463 2.0802
Type 2 Gross Up Rate 1.9608 1.8868

Seminar: Associate Professor Ian Hardy: Apr 26, 11:30 am

April 21, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, Seminar Print This Post Print This Post

Associate Professor Ian Hardy is Reader in Animal Population Biology in the Faculty of Science at The University of Nottingham.

He will be giving the following Seminar at 11:30am on Wednesday 26th April in the Charles Hawker building, Room 205. Waite Road, Urrbrae.

Behaviour and Applied Ecology of Bethylid Wasps

Applying behavioural ecology more and more at the population level (mutual interference) and looking at food webs in agro-ecosystems (coconut).

Associate Professor Ian Hardy’s research interests include:
Animal Behaviour and Evolutionary Ecology: contest behaviour, social evolution, sex ratio, mating systems and mating behaviour, clutch size. Population & Community Ecology: interspecific interactions, mechanisms promoting species diversity: spatial aggregation, parasitism. Basic and Applied Entomology: biology of polyembryonic parasitoids, bethylid wasps, biological control. Methodology: statistical analysis using Generalized Linear Modelling, Chemical analysis (Real-time tracking of volatile release, surface hydrocarbon analysis, metabolomics). Research organisms: Many species of parasitoid wasps, African raptors, Humans.

 

Details

Date:
Apr 26
Time:
11:30 am

Venue

Charles Hawker Building, Room 205

 

Anzac Day 25th April – Public Holiday

April 21, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Dear All.

Please be reminded that Tuesday 25th April is Anzac Day and is a public holiday.

A link to important academic dates can be found below.

http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/dates/academic/2017/

 

 

 

457 Visa Changes

April 20, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Dear All

Please see the update below from the Visa team regarding the changes to the 457 visas.

I have a list of staff on 457 visas, so if you have any queries, please direct them to me as the visa team are being inundated with queries.

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We’re just analysing all the information we have at present to review what the implications are both short and long term.

In the first instance everyone who already has a 457 visa granted doesn’t need to take any action and are unaffected unless their visa needs renewal.

For any visas in process (not granted) or upon renewal at present we would only be able to get a 2 year visa granted for any academics instead of the four years prior to April 19th.

As far as PR is concerned, as far as I can see at present they are still eligible to apply as the pathway only gets removed in March next year. We want to provide some guidance to current 457 visa holders on their PR options which we hope to get out next week at the latest.  

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Kind Regards

Karen

Karen Chance|Executive Officer, School of Agriculture Food and Wine.

University of Adelaide|Room 108| Agriculture, Food and Wine Bldg 20, Hartley Grove|Urrbrae SA 5064.
Ph: (08) 8313 6713

Technical Services Office Closure Dates

April 20, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

The Technical Services office staff will be away  on Monday April 24th .  All people who wish to schedule any business in the coming days with Technical Services staff , including gas, Nitrogen and Ethanol deliveries.

Could you please plan for this .

Our staff will accommodate any matters needing attention for today  (April 20th) or  tomorrow ( Friday April 21st) ,  or upon resuming ,  on the following Wednesday ( 26th ).

The office will, however , remain open for those picking up and returning vehicle log books and parking  permits etc .

Regards Jeff

Mr Jeffrey Borgas

Technical Services Office

Waite Campus

Phone : (08)  83131549

Mobile:   0418 822 090

Innovative Teaching @ Waite Exhibition 2017

April 19, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, General Print This Post Print This Post

The 2017 Innovative Teaching@Waite Exhibition is on tomorrow Thursday April 20th, 9am to 12pm in the Wine Science Tutorial Room- Wine Innovation East Building.

We have organised a varied and interesting program (see below) with guest speakers from the Medical School, Roseworthy, Industry and past students. We are looking forward to a lively discussion about current learning and teaching topics. So be ready to share your ideas, experiences and thoughts.

2017 IT@W Exhibition program

 

Please register your attendance via the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovative-teachingwaite-exhibition-tickets-32805314579

 

Morning tea, coffee and other goodies will be provided!

See you tomorrow.

Beth and Karina.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) – registrations now open

April 18, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, General Print This Post Print This Post

An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present. At the 3MT competition, PhD participants only have three minutes to present. 3MT celebrates the exciting and inspiring research conducted by our PhD students. Registrations are now open, and will close on 30 June. Visit the 3MT website for more information.

Academic promotion to Level E

April 18, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, General Print This Post Print This Post

Academic staff wishing to apply for promotion to Level E are now invited to submit their applications. Online applications (including Head of School references) must be submitted by 5 pm on Monday 10 July. To apply and for further information.

Are you willing to mentor an Early-Mid Career Researcher?

April 13, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

 In 2017 the Faculty of Sciences will pilot a mentoring program to further support the career planning and professional development of our Early-Mid Career Researchers (EMCRs). Through the program, EMCRs will be matched with a senior academic with knowledge and experience relevant to their career goals and objectives (not necessarily based on a common discipline). Mentors will help EMCRs to advance their skills and knowledge by providing advice and guidance on skills development, research strategy and funding opportunities.

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This pilot program is expected to run throughout 2017 and involve regular one-on-one meetings between mentor and EMCR. The EMCR is expected to drive the mentoring relationship and will be required to define their objectives prior to commencing the program.

If you would like the opportunity to act as a mentor, please email kelly.banwell@adelaide.edu.au with a brief outline of the skills and expertise you have to offer (e.g. experience with industry-linked research, particular funding schemes, setting up collaborations etc.) by 5 PM Friday 28 April. A call for EMCRs will follow shortly. 

Please note: An expression of interest does not guarantee participation if a suitable match is not available.

Kind regards,

Dr Kelly Banwell

Research Support Officer | Faculty of Sciences

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Ground Floor | Darling Building

T: +61 8 8313 0972 

E: kelly.banwell@adelaide.edu.au

     

Unsung Hero of SA Science Awards

April 12, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, Prizes & Awards Print This Post Print This Post

 

 

National Science Week (SA)

and

 

Australian Science Communicators (SA)

 

are proud to jointly offer the

 

2017 UNSUNG HERO AWARDS OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE
These awards aim to recognise those who have not yet received significant recognition for their contribution to science or science communication.

There are 2 awards: the Unsung Hero of South Australian Science and the Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Communication.

Details of criteria plus nomination form are attached.

Applications close on 2 June. Please contact Rona (details below) if you need further information.

National Science Week: 12 – 20 August 2017
www.scienceweek.net.au

Rona Sakko PSM

Chair – National Science Week SA Coordinating Committee
0419 827 723
ronadel@dodo.com.au

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School of Agriculture, Food and Wine 2017 Prizes Ceremony

April 12, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, Prizes & Awards Print This Post Print This Post

Dear all,

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine 2017 Prizes Ceremony

You are cordially invited to join us to celebrate the high achieving students in the 2016 academic year in the school.

Please come to cheer, applause, smile, drink & eat, mingle and celebrate with our top students.

Cafe Aroma at Waite

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

6pm – 8pm

The ceremony will be opened by Mike Keller at 6:30pm.

Please RSVP by COB Fri 21st Apr to yatong.cao@adelaide.edu.au

Look forward to meeting you there.

Yatong

Yatong Cao

Senior Academic Support Officer

Faculty of Sciences: The University of Adelaide 

Room 101, Agriculture, Food & Wine Building, Waite Campus

Hartley Grove, Urrbrae 5064

Phone: 831 37289

 

 

   

Innovative Teaching @ Waite Exhibition 2017

April 11, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, Conferences Print This Post Print This Post

 Innovative Teaching @ Waite Exhibition 2017- Program of events

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

 

Thursday April 20th, 2017

9 am – 12 noon

Winery Tutorial Room 110- Hickinbotham Wine Sciences Laboratory

Karina and Beth will be hosting the Innovative Teaching@Waite Exhibition again this year on Thursday April 20th, 9am to 12pm in the Winery Tutorial Room.

We would like to invite you all to attend the 2017 Exhibition. We have organised a varied and interesting program (see below). To ensure we have enough morning tea could you please RSVP via the link below.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 20th April.

Beth and Karina

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovative-teachingwaite-exhibition-tickets-32805314579

 

IT@W exhibition flyer 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applications for the 2017-2018 Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant are now open!

April 11, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Grant Opportunities Print This Post Print This Post

The Embassy of France in Australia is pleased to announce that the applications for the 2017-2018 Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant are now open. The Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant is designed to encourage students to undertake study, research or professional development in France. The grant consists in a return flight ticket between Australia and France. For students undertaking an internship in a French laboratory or company, social insurance is also provided for a period of up to six months.

The Higher Education section has made some exciting new changes to the program from previous years, notably to include cotutelle candidates, students undertaking an internship in France, and students participating in a short course. By broadening the list of eligible candidates, we hope to receive an increased number of applications from a diverse range of students wishing to experience the benefits of studying in France. Additionally, applications must now be completed and submitted online to allow for a simpler and clearer process for students.

For this new version of the program, students are eligible to apply through the following frameworks:

1) Students seeking to undertake a research internship in a French laboratory or undertake an internship within a French company.

2) Students seeking to undertake research in a France as part of a cotutelle joint-PhD established between an Australian university and a French university. The student will obtain an Australian degree and a French degree at the end of their studies.

3) Students enrolled at an Australian university seeking to take part in a study abroad/ exchange program at a French establishment.

4) Student seeking to pursue a full degree at a French university (students will obtain a French degree at the end of their studies), including double degrees jointly offered by a French and an Australian university.

5) Students seeking to undertake a short term program at a French establishment. This includes summer and winter school programs.

Applications from research, internship and cotutelle students will be given special consideration. Read the rest of this entry →

Update – Waite Road pedestrian safety upgrade plans

April 10, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Dear Colleagues,

The University of Adelaide and Mitcham Council have agreed to collaborate on construction of pedestrian safety upgrades to Waite Road. The works will include a new wombat crossing, footpaths, pedestrian ramps and refuges. Details are shown on the attached draft documents.

Both parties have contributed toward development of the design, based on observation of pedestrian and traffic behaviour, feedback from key stakeholders, traffic legislation and standards. Both parties have also agreed to fund the upgrades 50/50, and works are planned for the second half of 2017.

A meeting was held at Waite Campus on 30/3/17 which discussed the planned upgrades was attended by Campus Representatives, University Infrastructure and Mitcham Council staff. Features of the planned upgrades were discussed, and feedback provided by attendees. At the meeting it was agreed that Mitcham Council staff would:

  • Finalise the design of current Waite Road upgrades, and keep Waite Campus Community informed of the schedule and scope of works (via University Infrastructure)
  • Commission a traffic study between Hartley and Cross Road once the currently planned works are completed (study proposed for 2018)
  • Advocate that DPTI investigate improvements to pedestrian accessibility and safety of the Cross Road/Waite Road intersection

Further updates will be provided when they become available, and consultation with site partners will continue via the Waite Strategic Leadership Group and Waite Management Group.

Please contact me if you have comments or queries about this, we appreciate your support for these improvements.

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Regards,

Andrew Brokenshire
Waite Campus Manager

Division of University Operations | Infrastructure

The University of Adelaide

Waite Campus, Hartley House

Outcome 2017 David Murray Scholarship

April 04, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

The following students have been jointly awarded the 2017 David Murray Scholarship

Sacha Clifton      School of Agriculture, Food & Wine

Gabrielle Hunt    School of Biological Sciences

Congratulations to Sacha and Gabrielle.

 

Sprigg Geobiology Seminar Series

April 04, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Nutrient cycling in the soil-plant system – driven by microbes and influenced by many factors by Professor Petra Marschner (Agriculture, Food and Wine). Friday 7 April, 12.10 pm. Mawson lecture theatre, Mawson building. Further information.

The New Colombo Plan for staff

April 04, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

The 2018 round of the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program is now open to academic and professional staff to apply for semester and short program project funding. Further information.

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