Government’s response to Senate Inquiry tabled

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The Australian Government response to the Senate Education and Employment References Committee report - Siege of attrition: the Government's APS Bargaining Policy was tabled out of session on 28 February 2017.

The Government will not adopt the Committee's recommendations nor change the Workplace Bargaining Policy 2015.

Of the seventeen recommendations in the Senate Inquiry report, fifteen have been rejected and the remaining two noted. The Government's response reaffirms and explains its position and approach to public sector bargaining.

Eighty-eight new enterprise agreements have been voted up in the current round of bargaining. Of the eight agreements put to a vote so far in 2017, six have been voted up.

"I urge the parties still engaged in bargaining to move forward and settle new agreements as soon as possible so employees can enjoy a pay rise. Before long, APS employees who reached agreements early under the policy will be commencing bargaining for the next round of salary increases." Commissioner Lloyd said.

Read the response.