Policy University Management Community and Indigenous Language Allowance

Community and Indigenous Language Allowance

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The community language allowance is an annual superannuable allowance payable to a staff member, who is required to undertake duties in the University on a regular basis in language(s) other than English.


This policy applies to all eligible staff of the James Cook University.




1. Eligibility

A staff member is eligible for the community language allowance outlined below, where there is an identifiable and continuing operational requirement for the staff member’s language skills.

Additionally, the employee’s language competence must meet the recognised standards of the University to be eligible for the community language allowance.

An eligible part-time employee will be paid the appropriate community language allowance rate on a pro-rata basis.

2. Community Language Allowance rates and recognised standards

Allowance Level


Recognised Standards

Level 1

$1,165 per annum

National Accreditation Authority for Translators & Interpreters (NAATI) Level One accreditation and certificate.

At least one (1) year post matriculation higher education in the language required for additional duties.

Recognised level of competency to deliver client services in languages for which NAATI does not test.

Level 2

$1,641 per annum

A University major in the relevant language to second year or higher achievement.

Recognised tertiary qualification in interpreting.

Accreditation at NAATI Level 2 or higher.

Demonstrated equivalent multi-language skills.

3. Indigenous Language Allowance rates and recognised standards

The Indigenous Language Allowance is an annual allowance payable to a staff member who is required to undertake duties for the University on a regular basis in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language.

Level 2

$1,641 per annum

Proficient language skills for general business and/or conversation

4. Payment of the allowance

This allowance will be paid on a fortnightly basis.

5. Delegate responsibility

The line manager will make a recommendation regarding this allowance to the relevant Head of Work Unit who will make a recommendation to the Director HRM.

Related policy instruments


Related documents and legislation

James Cook University Enterprise Agreement


Approval Details

Policy DomainHuman Resources

Policy Custodian

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources

Approval Authority

Human Resources Committee

Date for next Major Review


Revision History


Approval Date

Implementation Date

Description of changes


NANA21/11/2023Administrative amendment to update reference to JCU Enterprise Agreement to current version.Policy Officer
18-1 16/03/2018Updated reference and link to JCU Enterprise Agreement 2016.Quality, Standards and Policy
17-109/08/201710/08/2017Mid-year review of HR Policies in line with the HR Operational Plan Item, Deliver Policy Reviews; Fitness for Future Purpose.Deputy Director, Human Resources
16-1  Policy review date extended to 31/12/17 on request by Deputy Director HR. Approved by DVC Services and ResourcesQuality, Standards and Policy




Policy sponsor and approval authority amended to reflect approved policy framework.





Policy established

Belinda Pope



Community language, Indigenous language, Allowance

Contact personManager, Industrial Relations and Policy