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2011 Remuneration report

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1. Background

The 2011 APS Remuneration Report (the Report) provides remuneration information about Australian Public Service (APS) employees including Base Salary and other remuneration related benefits and payments in the 2011 calendar year. The Report is an annual snapshot of remuneration across the whole APS on 31 December each year. It provides information on remuneration by classification level as well as changes in remuneration compared to the previous year.

The Report provides APS agencies with:

  • comparisons with the 2010 APS Remuneration Survey;
  • the ranges of remuneration paid, by classification level across the APS;
  • detail on the key components of remuneration packages; and
  • a total APS remuneration picture.

The 2011 Report provides a combined report on both the APS non-Senior Executive Service (SES) and SES workforce rather than two separate reports as has occurred in previous years. Unlike previous years, a market comparison report has not been undertaken.

Remuneration arrangements across the APS have been established through agency-based bargaining since 1997. Over the last 15 years, as the result of the move away from centralised salary setting, variation in remuneration outcomes across agencies has occurred.

Between 2001 and 2010, the annual APS Remuneration Survey was undertaken by an external consultant. From 2010 it was mandated that all APS agencies participate. In 2011 the Report was produced by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC).

With the APSC undertaking the 2011 APS Remuneration Report, there are some differences in how data has been treated compared with previous surveys, for example, the 2011 Report is a census. Further detail of the methodology and changes in data collection at Appendix A.1.

When considering the Report data, the large agencies have a significant impact on the data. The Department of Human Services, the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Defence make up approximately 51% of the APS workforce and will be influential on median figures.

At 31 December 2011, 105 agencies made up the APS and provided remuneration data for 2,695 SES employees and 154,277 non-SES employees.

2011 APS context

In January 2011, the Australian Government Employment Bargaining Framework was replaced by the Australian Public Service Bargaining Framework (APSBF) for APS agencies. The APSBF provided a number of remuneration policy objectives, and recommended that salary increases in new APS workplace arrangements not exceed an average annualised wage increase (AAWI) of 3%. Where agencies seek to establish an AAWI above 3%, aSESent of affordability by the Department of Finance and Deregulation is required. Agencies with salary rates below a threshold for a classification (5th percentile of the 2010 APS rates) may increase those salary rates to the threshold without that portion being counted in the AAWI aSESent.

The 2011 calendar year saw the expiration of the majority of APS enterprise agreements, with most reaching their nominal expiry date on 30 June 2011. Employees of 15 agencies, representing 16% of the APS workforce, did not receive a general pay rise in 2011. This may contribute to a slightly lower median Base Salary increase than what would have normally occurred.

Other wage information

The Australian Bureau of Statistics publishes the Labour Price Index[1] (LPI) which broadly measures annual changes in the price of labour in the Australian labour market. This is based on total hourly rates. The LPI for December 2010 to December 2011 increased 3.7% for all sectors: 3.2% for the public sector and 3.8% in the private sector (series 6345.0). Note the public sector includes States and Territories as well as Commonwealth public servants.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining Quarterly Reports[2] provides average annualised wage increases (AAWIs) per employee. The September Quarter 2011 Report shows a 0.4% reduction in AAWI in all sectors from June to September 2011. The public sector AAWI increase for new agreements was 3.5% down from 3.9% in the previous quarter.

APS classifications

The APS Classification Rules 2000 (the Rules) establish the general APS-wide classification arrangements. There are 11 APS Groups and two Training classifications within the Rules and all APS employees must be assigned a classification. In this report the only trainee data included in the results is for Graduates.

There may be a number of specialist classifications within each Group. In some agencies, specialist classifications attract different salary rates which expand the salary range for the classification Group within which they sit. For example, both Medical Officer Classes 3 and 4 reside within Group 8. The remuneration data for specialist classifications is included in the relevant APS classification to which it corresponds. For example, the salaries for Medical Officer Classes 3 and 4 will be reported in the Executive Level 2 classification results.

Executive summary

In the Australian Public Service (APS), the overall median Base Salary movement for all APS employees from 2010 to 2011 was 2.5%.

From 2010 to 2011 the median Base Salary for non-Senior Executive Service (SES) classifications increased by 2.4% while the median Base Salary for SES classifications increased by 4.1%.

There is a minor trend in the SES classifications to roll benefits and bonuses into Base Salary. This has resulted in an increase in median Base Salary of 4.1% which is greater than the increase in median Total Remuneration Package: 3.3%, and median Total Reward: 3.1%. This is discussed further in Section 6.

There has been a reduction in the use of performance bonuses with the proportion of SES employees who received a performance bonus down from 2010.

Only 6.4% of APS employees were members of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme with approximately 30% of them aged 55 years or over. These members represent a significant proportion of the SES workforce: 29% at the SES 1 level, 40% at the SES 2 level and 48% at the SES 3 level.

The APS 1 classification showed no change in median Base Salary, a slight reduction in median Total Remuneration Package, and a small increase in median Total Reward. The significant contributor to this outcome is the increase in recruitment activity between 2010 and 2011 at this level, resulting in a high proportion of the workforce receiving commencement salaries, at or near the bottom of the APS 1 salary range.

Women’s median Base Salary, as a proportion of men’s Base Salary is at or over 100% across all classification levels with the exception of the SES 1 (99.9%).

The last two years have seen the lowest increases in whole-of-APS remuneration since the data collection and analysis was first undertaken. Median Base Salary increased 3.8% in 2010 and 2.5% in 2011, and median Total Reward increased 3.6% in 2010 and 3.0% in 2011. Detail is at Tables 6.2 and 6.3.

Table 1.1: Median key remuneration components summary
Classification Base Salary

median $
Base Salary

median movement 2010 to 2011 %
Total Remuneration Package (TRP)

median $
TRP

median movement 2010 to 2011 %
Total Reward (TR)

median $
TR

median movement 2010 to 2011 %

Source: Tables 2.1, 2.2 and 2.4

Note: Base Salary is the full time annualised salary, Total Remuneration Package is Base Salary plus benefits and Total Reward is TRP plus bonuses. For full definitions see p. 73

Graduate 55162 4.0 63742 4.0 63742 4.0
APS 1 41151 0.0 47448 -0.2 47682 0.3
APS 2 50471 2.5 58475 2.7 58519 2.4
APS 3 56215 3.0 65016 2.8 65555 3.5
APS 4 63243 3.2 72671 3.3 72697 3.3
APS 5 68092 1.6 79191 2.2 79794 2.7
APS 6 79555 2.2 92522 2.9 92975 3.3
EL 1 99378 2.2 115257 2.2 115630 2.0
EL 2 124140 2.7 145215 3.4 146277 3.6
SES 1 164575 4.0 216936 3.2 219464 3.0
SES 2 209318 4.3 272316 3.7 275656 3.3
SES 3 273383 4.4 343532 2.4 348652 2.4

Figure 1.1: Percentage change median Base Salary by classification

Figure 1.1 is a column chart of data in Table 1.1. It charts the column ‘Base Salary median movement 2010 to 2011’. The four tallest columns are those for Graduates and all three SES who all had growth of around 4%. APS 2 to EL 2 all show growth between 2 and 3%, with the exception of APS 5 which was 1.5% growth. The column for APS 1 stands out as an empty column as their growth was 0%.

Source: Table 2.1

Figure 1.2: Percentage change median Total Remuneration Package by classification

Figure 1.2 is a column chart of data in Table 1.1. It charts the column ‘Total Remuneration Package median movement 2010 to 2011’. The tallest column is that for Graduates who had growth of 4%. From APS 2 to SES Band 3 the columns are mix of heights as all those levels had growth of between 2 and 3.5%. The column for APS 1 stands out as their growth was -0.2 percent.

Source: Table 2.2

Figure 1.3: Percentage change median Total Reward by classification

Figure 1.3 is a column chart of data in Table 1.1. It charts the column ‘Total Reward median movement 2010 to 2011’. The tallest column is that for Graduates who had growth of 4%. From APS 2 to SES Band 3 the columns are mix of heights as all those levels had growth of between 2 and 3.5%. The column for APS 1 stands out as a much shorter column representing growth of 0.3%.

Source: Table 2.4

2. Key remuneration components

To gain the best picture of APS remuneration, all elements of the key remuneration components need to be considered. The Total Reward data at Table 2.4 provides the most complete overall remuneration information, with Base Salary and Total Remuneration Packages as component parts.

2.1 Base Salary

The term Base Salary describes the full-time equivalent annualised salary paid to an employee. It includes salary sacrifice amounts (including pre-tax employee superannuation contributions made by salary sacrifice) and excludes bonuses and other benefits.

The median Base Salary movement for all APS classifications from 2010 to 2011 was 2.5%.

The non-SES classifications median Base Salary increased by 2.4% and SES classifications median Base Salary increased by 4.1% from 2010 to 2011.

The greatest increase in median Base Salary was at the SES 3 classification with a 4.4% increase. However, when this is considered together with Table 2.4 where a median Total Reward increase of 2.4% at the SES 3 classification is shown, it demonstrates a change in how remuneration is being packaged. From 2010 to 2011 there has been a rolling in of a proportion of bonuses and allowances into Base Salary at this level, hence the increase. This trend became apparent in 2009—SESction 6 Historical Data.

The SES 2 classification demonstrates a similar trend to the SES 3 with an increased median Base Salary of 4.3%, but with a lesser increase of 3.3% in the median Total Reward.

The APS 1 classification median Base Salary remained unchanged from 2010 to 2011. This is a reflection of an increase in the number of engagements at this level. A low level of recruitment of APS 1 employees occurred in 2010 compared with 2011. This has resulted in over 50% of the current APS 1 workforce commencing in 2011. As it is standard practice to commence employees at, or near, the bottom of a salary range, the median salary has been heavily influenced by employees on the bottom of the salary range.

Figure 2.1: Median Base Salary by classification

Figure 2.1 is a column graph of the data in table 2.1. It shows two columns for each classification, one column representing the median base salary in 2010, and one adjacent representing the median base salary for 2011. For all classifications except APS 1, the 2011 column is slightly higher than the column for 2010. As expected, the heights of the columns increase from one classification to the next as each classification is paid more than the previous. The most noticeable aspect of this graph is the imaginary line that the tops of the columns describe. As classifications increase, so too does the difference in base salary from one classification to the next. The tops of the columns describe a line that is not straight, but a curve that is flattish at the APS 1 to APS 6 classifications, but then starts to curve steeper into the executive level classifications and then steeper still at the SES classifications. The columns for Graduates are the same height as the columns for APS 3 indicating equal remuneration for both classifications.

Source: Table 2.1

Figure 2.2: Base Salary range by classification: Graduate to EL 1

Figure 2.2 charts base salary range information for Graduates to EL ones. The classifications are on the x axis. The y axis ranges from $0 to $110,000. At each classification there is a box whose dimensions correlate to data points within that classification’s salary range. The bottom of the box represents the dollar value of the fifth percentile for that classification. The top of the box represents the ninety fifth percentile. Each box represents the range of the middle 90% of salaries at the level. Within the box are lines that represent Quartile 1, the median, and quartile 3 and these lines indicate the spread of salaries at each classification. At most classifications the middle 50% of employees are within the middle of the salary range; however APS 1s are skewed towards the top of the salary range and the bottom of the box indicates that there are some APS 1 employees who have comparatively low levels of remuneration. These are generally junior employees paid a proportion of the full wage. From APS 1 to APS 5 the boxes are all quite similar in height indicating similar salary ranges of $10,000. The APS 6 box is one and a half times the height of the boxes of lower classifications, and the EL 1 box is almost double the height of all boxes bar APS 6, ranging from just over $90,000 to just under one $110,000. The top section of the APS 1 classification’s box overlaps with the bottom section of the next APS 2 box, indicating that the highest paid 25% of APS 1s are paid the same as the lowest paid 25% of APS 2s. This 25% overlap is the same for all classifications up to APS 5. There is very little overlap between APS 5 and APS 6, and no overlap between APS 6 and EL 1. The box for graduates starts at the same point as APS 3s, but the top of the APS 3 box is just under $60,000, while the top of the graduates’ box is just over $60,000.

Source: Table 2.1

Note: Refer to Section 7 (remuneration findings by classification) for the minimum and maximum values for each classification.

Note: Refer to Appendix 2 for notes on interpreting box plots.

Figure 2.3: Base Salary range by classification: EL and SES

Figure 2.3 charts base salary range information for Executive level 1 employees to SES band 3 employees, shown on the x axis. The y axis ranges from $0 to $400,000. At each classification there is a box whose dimensions correlate to data points within that classification’s salary range. The bottom of the box represents the dollar value of the fifth percentile for that classification. The top of the box represents the ninety fifth percentile. Each box represents the range of the middle ninety% of salaries at the level. Within the box are lines that represent Quartile 1, the median, and quartile 3. Each box shows the spread of salaries within the classification. For EL 1s and 2s, the middle 50 percent of employees are centred within the 90% of employees indicating a nice bell-shaped curve in the population at each dollar value; however at the SES levels the middle 50% of the salaries are skewed towards the lower end of the box, this skewness increasing at each SES level. This would indicate that there are a few SES employees paid substantially more than their counterparts at that classification, and this is most apparent at the SES band 3 classification. Unlike the previous chart of APS 1s to APS 6s, there is little-to-no overlap from one classification to the next on this chart. Also apparent is the dramatic increase in the ranges in the chart with each higher classification. Note again that the ranges in this chart are from the fifth to the ninety fifth percentiles. The range shown for EL 2s is almost double that of EL 1s, the range of SES band 1 looks to be double that of EL 2s. There is an exception next as the range for SES 2s is only slightly more than SES 1s. The range shown for SES band 3s is more than double that shown for SES band 2s.

Source: Table 2.1

Note: Refer to Section 7 (remuneration findings by classification) for the minimum and maximum values for each classification.

Note: Refer to Appendix 2 for notes on interpreting box plots.

Table 2.1: Base Salary by classification
Classification Employees P5 Q1 Median Q3 P95 Average
2010 n 2011 n 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ change % 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ change %

Source: 2010 APS Remuneration Survey and 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: The large difference in the number of employees from 2010 to 2011 was due to the different methodologies used.

Graduate 1297 1655 48992 50471 50770 52419 53040 55162 4.0 57568 57929 61012 60802 54012 55527 2.8
APS 1 1529 1952 32773 34663 37557 39602 41148 41151 0.0 44413 43779 45401 45746 40159 41221 2.6
APS 2 4737 4272 43492 44896 46816 48431 49233 50471 2.5 50471 51248 51640 53706 48549 49886 2.8
APS 3 19760 19674 49080 51139 52161 53396 54577 56215 3.0 56359 58050 57273 59535 54202 55867 3.1
APS 4 19687 31037 56059 58105 59116 61176 61299 63243 3.2 62582 63982 64186 66753 60698 62683 3.3
APS 5 20167 21424 62010 64304 65010 67021 67017 68092 1.6 68092 70068 69916 72713 66550 68500 2.9
APS 6 26978 32578 69069 71832 73949 75903 77824 79555 2.2 79555 81988 81805 85077 76790 79337 3.3
EL 1 24309 28506 87905 90856 92878 95849 97275 99378 2.2 99285 102448 104957 108788 96506 99739 3.4
EL 2 11689 13179 105377 109381 115410 120147 120840 124140 2.7 124597 129611 137238 139256 121268 125496 3.5
SES 1 1940 2005 139988 144200 151942 157260 158277 164575 4.0 167577 174728 190270 198947 160972 167086 3.8
SES 2 547 557 177900 184612 188602 201753 200726 209318 4.3 215913 222171 242937 251796 205288 214121 4.3
SES 3 125 133 227494 240000 237899 260658 261910 273383 4.4 281200 295000 341284 387417 267877 283161 5.7
Total 132765 156972

2.2 Total Remuneration Package

Total Remuneration Package (TRP) includes Base Salary plus:

  • agency superannuation contribution;
  • motor vehicle cost /Executive Vehicle Scheme or cash in lieu of motor vehicle;
  • motor vehicle parking; and
  • any other benefits and supplementary payments.

In essence, TRP covers Base Salary plus benefits. It excludes bonuses, as defined in Total Reward (see Definitions), shift and overtime payments.

The average movement in median TRP across all classifications from 2010 to 2011 was 2.8%.

The non-SES classifications median TRP increased by 2.7%, and SES classifications median TRP increased by 3.3%.

Graduates saw the greatest increase in median TRP with a 4.0% increase from 2010. The key contributor was the increase in median Base Salary of 4.0%. Excluding superannuation, benefits were not a feature of the Graduate remuneration package in 2010 and 2011. The second greatest increase of 3.7% was recorded at the SES 2 classification.

APS 1s saw a reduction in the median TRP of -0.2%. This is a reflection of a reduction in the median agency superannuation contribution from $6,398 in 2010 to $6,274 in 2011, as the result of the change in the workforce profile, see explanation at Section 2.1: Base Salary.

Figure 2.4: Median Total Remuneration Package by classification

Figure 2.4 is a column graph of the data in table 2.2. It shows two columns for each classification, one column representing the median total remuneration package in 2010, and one adjacent representing the median total remuneration package for 2011. For all classifications except APS 1, the 2011 column is slightly higher than the column for 2010. As expected, the heights of the columns increase from one classification to the next as each classification is paid more than the previous. The most noticeable aspect of this graph is the imaginary line that the tops of the columns describe. As classifications increase, so too does the difference in base salary from one classification to the next. The tops of the columns describe a line that is not straight, but a curve that is flattish at the APS 1 to APS 6 classifications, but then starts to curve steeper into the executive level classifications, jumps from EL 2 to SES band 1, and then curves steeper still at the SES classifications. The columns for Graduates are the same height as the columns for APS 3 indicating equal remuneration for both classifications.

Source: Table 2.2

Figure 2.5: Total Remuneration Package range by classification: Graduate to EL 1

Figure 2.5 charts total remuneration package range information for Graduates to EL ones. The classifications are shown on the X axis. The y axis ranges from $0 to $130,000 dollars. The source is Table 2.2. At each classification there is a box whose dimensions correlate to data points within that classification’s salary range. The bottom of the box represents the dollar value of the fifth percentile for that classification. The top of the box represents the ninety fifth percentile. Each box represents the range of the middle 90% of salaries at the level. Within the box are lines that represent Quartile 1, the median, and quartile 3 and these lines indicate the spread of salaries at each classification. At most classifications the middle 50% of employees are within the middle of the salary range; however APS 1s are skewed towards the top of the salary range and the bottom of the box indicates that there are some APS 1 employees who have comparatively low levels of remuneration. These are generally junior employees paid a proportion of the full wage. From APS 2 to APS 5 the boxes are all quite similar in height indicating similar salary ranges of $12,000. The APS 6 box is one and a half times the height of boxes of lower classifications, and Executive level 1 box is somewhat taller than the APS 6 box and ranges from $104,000 to $127,000. The top section of the APS 1 classification’s box overlaps with the bottom section of the next APS 2 box, indicating that the highest paid 25% of APS 1s are paid the same as the lowest paid 25% of APS 2s. This similar overlaps occur for all classifications up to APS 6. There is no overlap between APS 6 and EL 1. The box for graduates starts and ends at the same points as the one for APS 3s indicating similar levels of remuneration for those two classifications.

Source: Table 2.2

Note: Refer to Section 7 (remuneration findings by classification) for the minimum and maximum values for each classification.

Note: Refer to Appendix 2 for notes on interpreting box plots.

Figure 2.6: Total Remuneration Package range by classification: EL and SES

Figure 2.6 charts total remuneration package range information for Executive level one employees to senior executive level three employees. The classifications are shown on the X axis.  The y axis is a range from $0 to $500,000. The source is Table 2.2. At each classification there is a box whose dimensions correlate to data points within that classification’s salary range. The bottom of the box represents the y axis dollar value of the fifth percentile for that classification. The top of the box represents the ninety fifth percentile. Each box represents the range of the middle 90% of salaries at the level. Within the box are lines that represent Quartile 1, the median, and quartile 3 and these lines indicate the spread of salaries within the classification. For all levels except SES band 3, the middle 50% of employees are centred within the 90% of employees indicating a bell-shaped curve in the population at each dollar value; however SES band 3s are skewed towards the lower end of the box. This would indicate that there are a few SES 3 employees paid substantially more than their counterparts. There is no overlap in the range for EL 1s and EL 2s, and only a slight overlap between the SES classifications. Each box is taller than the one that precedes it indicating an increase in the ranges with each higher classification. Note again that the ranges in this chart are from the fifth to the ninety fifth percentiles. The range shown for EL 2s is double that of EL 1s, the range of SES band 1 is greater than that of EL 2s and the range for SES 2s is greater than that of SES 1s. The range shown for SES band 3s is almost exactly double that of SES band 2s.

Source: Table 2.2

Note: Refer to Section 7 (remuneration findings by classification) for the minimum and maximum values for each classification.

Note: Refer to Appendix 2 for notes on interpreting box plots.

Table 2.2: Total Remuneration Package by classification
Classification Employees P5 Q1 Median Q3 P95 Average
2010 n 2011 n 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ change % 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ change %

Source: 2010 APS Remuneration Survey and 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: The large difference in the number of employees from 2010 to 2011 was due to the different methodologies used.

Graduate 1297 1655 56537 58589 58244 60492 61287 63742 4.0 65824 66695 69096 70166 62185 64079 3.0
APS 1 1529 1952 37445 39816 37557 45701 47546 47448 -0.2 50971 50986 53727 54613 46502 47782 2.8
APS 2 4737 4272 50137 51810 46816 55964 56933 58475 2.7 58496 59760 61125 63355 56357 57903 2.7
APS 3 19760 19674 56638 59014 52161 62206 63238 65016 2.8 65648 68795 69736 70547 63110 65160 3.2
APS 4 19687 31037 64237 67053 59116 70597 70347 72671 3.3 72982 74047 75604 77866 70421 72502 3.0
APS 5 20167 21424 71607 73825 65010 77109 77483 79191 2.2 79356 81628 82661 85330 77364 79523 2.8
APS 6 26978 32578 79262 82436 73949 87874 89882 92522 2.9 92407 95750 97705 100945 89218 92028 3.1
EL 1 24309 28506 100850 104075 92878 110926 112788 115257 2.2 115454 120016 123682 126920 112239 115662 3.0
EL 2 11689 13179 121293 125495 115410 138459 140397 145215 3.4 146807 152076 163807 167137 141775 146436 3.3
SES 1 1940 2005 182628 186470 151942 204763 210175 216936 3.2 220973 227878 238096 245859 210459 216909 3.1
SES 2 547 557 228865 235185 188602 258959 262680 272316 3.7 276280 284620 302399 312042 264364 273070 3.3
SES 3 125 133 284663 300792 237899 326225 335335 343532 2.4 358351 368010 403935 464801 338619 354274 4.6
Total 132765 156972

Total Remuneration Package movements by agency

Table 2.3 provides information on the median movement of the Total Remuneration Package (TRP) at each classification level by agency. TRP movement is used rather than Base Salary or Total Reward, as it covers the two most significant elements of APS remuneration; Base Salary and the employer superannuation contribution.

For a calculation to be made, an agency must have employees substantively at a classification level in both 2010 and 2011. As a result, the number of agencies for each classification level will vary.

The agency TRP median movement from 2010 to 2011 demonstrates that it remained below 4% for the majority of agencies at all classifications.

One trend from enterprise bargaining that may affect the number of agencies at the higher end of the spectrum is the use of differential pay rises. This occurs when differing pay increases are applied to different points in a classification, or to different classification levels. This could result in a top pay point getting a higher pay rise than a lower pay point, with the lower increase used as an offset for the higher pay point outcome.

It could also result in additional pay points at the top of the range expanding the salary range. In agencies with a significant number of employees at the top of their salary range, a differential pay outcome would contribute to shifting the median for that classification up to values greater than what would have resulted from a standard across-the-board pay increase.

Workforce turnover will also be a factor affecting this outcome. The number of promotions and engagements will influence the outcome of median TRP by classification. New engagements and promotions tend to result in employees being paid at the lower end of their classification salary range, so a high level of recruitment activity may result in a drop in an agency median. Conversely, a stable workforce with minimal numbers of new engagements will result in existing employees progressing to the higher end of their salary span with a resultant increase in median TRP

Table 2.3: Remuneration movements (per cent change) of median TRP from 2010 to 2011 by agency
Classification Less than 0 % n 0 and <2 % n 2 and <4 % n 4 and <6 % n 6 and <8 % n 8 and <10 % n 10 % and over n

Source: 2010 APS Remuneration Survey and 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: ‘n’ is the number of agencies.

Graduate 5 1 10 5 0 0 9
APS 1 5 8 10 9 4 2 1
APS 2 9 10 16 16 5 1 7
APS 3 12 19 31 15 5 2 4
APS 4 13 17 34 23 5 3 2
APS 5 10 24 30 17 8 4 2
APS 6 15 15 30 20 10 3 5
EL 1 10 14 35 24 8 5 3
EL 2 14 16 31 22 6 5 6
SES 1 16 14 20 12 8 8 6
SES 2 11 5 10 11 6 4 3
SES 3 3 6 6 7 1 3 2

2.3 Total Reward

Total Reward is the sum of the Total Remuneration Package plus bonuses. Bonuses include individual performance, retention and productivity bonuses as well as whole-of-agency or group bonuses. Median performance bonuses in 2011 ranged from $665 at the APS 1 classification to $13,187 at the SES 2 classification.

The overall movement in median Total Reward across all classifications from 2010 to 2011 was 3.0%.

From 2010 to 2011, the non-SES median Total Reward increased by 3.0%, and SES median Total Reward increased by 3.1%.

Consistent with TRP, the Graduate classification saw the greatest increase in median Total Reward with an increase of 4.0% from 2010. Bonuses were a minimal component of remuneration at the Graduate classification in 2010 and 2011 and hence the result is a reflection of the increase in median Base Salary (see explanation at Section 2.2: Total Remuneration Package).

EL 2s showed the second highest increase in Total Reward with an increase of 3.6%. Motor vehicle allowances were the major factor in the increase in Total Remuneration Package and hence Total Reward.

For APS 1s there was an increase of 0.3% in Total Reward from 2010 to 2011. The shift from a median TRP movement of -0.2% to a TR movement of 0.3% appears to be due to an increase in median bonus payments such as productivity and sign on bonuses.

Figure 2.7: Median Total Reward by classification

Figure 2.7 is a column graph of the data in table 2.4. It shows two columns for each classification, one column representing the median total reward in 2010, and one adjacent representing the median total reward for 2011. For all classifications except APS 1, the 2011 column is slightly higher than the column for 2010. As expected, the heights of the columns increase from one classification to the next as each classification is paid more than the previous. The most noticeable aspect of this graph is the imaginary line that the tops of the columns describe. As classifications increase, so too does the difference in base salary from one classification to the next. The tops of the columns describe a line that is not straight, but a curve that is flattish at the APS 1 to APS 6 classifications, but then starts to curve steeper into the executive level classifications, jumps from EL 2 to SES band 1, and then curves steeper at the SES classifications. The columns for Graduates are the same height as the columns for APS 3 indicating equal remuneration for both classifications.

Source: Table 2.4

Figure 2.8: Total Reward range by classification: Graduate to EL 1

Figure 2.8 charts total reward range information for Graduates to EL 1s. The classifications are shown on the X axis. The source is Table 2.4. The y axis ranges from $0 to $130,000. At each classification there is a box whose dimensions correlate to data points within that classification’s salary range. The bottom of the box represents the dollar value of the fifth percentile for that classification. The top of the box represents the ninety fifth percentile. Each box represents the range of the middle 90% of salaries at the level. Within the box are lines that represent Quartile 1, the median, and quartile 3 and these lines indicate the spread of salaries at each classification. At most classifications the middle 50% of employees are within the middle of the salary range; however APS 1s are skewed towards the top of the salary range and the bottom of the box indicates that there are some APS 1 employees who have comparatively low levels of remuneration. These are generally junior employees paid a proportion of the full wage.  From APS 2 to APS 5 the boxes are all quite similar in height indicating similar salary ranges of $12,000. The APS 6 box is one and a half times the height of boxes of lower classifications, and Executive level 1 box is somewhat taller than the APS 6 box and ranges from $104,000 to $128,000. The top section of the APS 1 classification’s box overlaps with the bottom section of the next APS 2 box, indicating that the highest paid 25% of APS 1s are paid the same as the lowest paid 25% of APS 2s. Similar overlaps exist for all classifications up to APS 6. There is no overlap between APS 6 and Executive level 1. The box for graduates starts and ends at the same points as the one for APS 3s.

Source: Table 2.4

Note: Refer to Section 7 (remuneration findings by classification) for the minimum and maximum values for each classification.

Note: Refer to Appendix 2 for notes on interpreting box plots.

Figure 2.9: Total Reward range by classification: EL and SES

Figure 2.9 charts total reward range information for Executive level 1 employees to SES band 3 employees. The classifications are shown on the X axis. The y axis is a range from $0 to $500,000. The source is Table 2.4. At each classification there is a box whose dimensions correlate to data points within that classification’s salary range. The bottom of the box represents the y axis dollar value of the fifth percentile for that classification. The top of the box represents the ninety fifth percentile. Each box represents the range of the middle 90% of salaries at the level. Within the box are lines that represent Quartile 1, the median, and quartile 3 and these lines indicate the spread of salaries within the classification. For all levels except SES band 1, the middle 50% of employees are centred within the 90% of employees indicating a bell-shaped curve; however SES band 3s are skewed towards the lower end of the box. This would indicate that there are a few SES 3 employees paid substantially more than their counterparts. There is no overlap in the range for EL 1s and EL 2s, and only slight overlaps between the SES classifications. Each box is taller than the one that precedes it indicating an increase in the ranges with each higher classification. Note again that the ranges in this chart are from the fifth to the ninety fifth percentiles. The range shown for EL 2s is double that of EL 1s, the range of SES band 1 is greater than that of EL 2s and the range for SES 2s is greater than that of SES 1s. The range shown for SES band 3s is slightly more than double that of SES band 2s.

Source: Table 2.4

Note: Refer to Section 7 (remuneration findings by classification) for the minimum and maximum values for each classification.

Note: Refer to Appendix 2 for notes on interpreting box plots.

Table 2.4: Total Reward by classification
Classification Employees P5 Q1 Median Q3 P95 Average
2010 n 2011 n 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ change % 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ change %

Source: 2010 APS Remuneration Survey and 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: The large difference in the number of employees from 2010 to 2011 was due to the different methodologies used.

Graduate 1297 1655 56537 58645 58328 61021 61287 63742 4.0 65824 66741 69096 70708 62228 64182 3.1
APS 1 1529 1952 37549 39825 43267 45701 47546 47682 0.3 50971 51111 54162 54791 46602 47853 2.7
APS 2 4737 4272 50137 51810 53809 55964 57125 58519 2.4 59161 60084 61337 63436 56542 58084 2.7
APS 3 19760 19674 56638 59014 60899 62318 63326 65555 3.5 65844 68795 70936 70582 63368 65247 3.0
APS 4 19687 31037 64263 67231 68273 70597 70408 72697 3.3 73073 74180 75781 77945 70517 72579 2.9
APS 5 20167 21424 71661 73904 74902 77135 77709 79794 2.7 79665 81721 83292 85610 77627 79702 2.7
APS 6 26978 32578 79315 82506 85694 88042 90005 92975 3.3 92885 95902 97975 101415 89478 92280 3.1
EL 1 24309 28506 101239 104294 108178 111163 113384 115630 2.0 115849 120016 124440 127816 112753 116087 3.0
EL 2 11689 13179 122273 126027 134822 139232 141170 146277 3.6 148369 154250 166346 170565 143269 148036 3.3
SES 1 1940 2005 184896 188947 202253 207260 213017 219464 3.0 226575 232215 243075 250545 214300 220130 2.7
SES 2 547 557 230017 237681 251732 262125 266763 275656 3.3 283265 291580 308378 314942 269862 278071 3.0
SES 3 125 133 290303 300792 313282 329989 340627 348652 2.4 365145 373871 425445 479068 344946 358552 3.9
Total 132765 156972

Detailed findings

3. Features of key remuneration components

3.1 Comparison of key remuneration components by classification

The comparison of the different components of the whole remuneration package provides an understanding of the contribution that each component makes to the whole.

Table 3.1 provides data on the makeup of remuneration paid across all classifications. It provides the proportion that Base Salary, benefits and bonuses makes on remuneration as a whole.

At non-SES classifications, the largest component of remuneration apart from Base Salary is the employer superannuation contribution. Across all levels, the Base Salary makes up between 85% and 87% of the remuneration received by employees. The TRP component makes up between 13% at the APS 4 classification and 14.4% at the EL 2 level, most of which is the employer superannuation contribution.

At the SES level, the benefits component provides a greater contribution to the whole remuneration package compared to the non-SES classifications, varying from 20% at the SES 3 classification to 24% at the SES 1 classification. The benefits component is primarily composed of the employer superannuation contribution and motor vehicle benefits.

Bonuses are only a minor component of the whole remuneration package. Bonuses only contribute to between 1.2–1.5% of all remuneration received in the SES classifications and up to 0.8% for the non-SES classifications.

Further information on the breakdown of Base Salary, TRP, and Total Reward can be found in Section 7 Remuneration Findings by Classification.

Table 3.1: Median Base Salary, TRP and TR by classification
Classification Employees n Base Salary Median $ TRP Median $ Difference

(TRP - Base Salary)
TR Median $ Difference

(TR-TRP)
$ % $ %
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Graduate 1655 55162 63742 8580 15.6 63742 0 0.0
APS 1 1952 41151 47448 6297 15.3 47682 234 0.5
APS 2 4272 50471 58475 8004 15.9 58519 44 0.1
APS 3 19674 56215 65016 8801 15.7 65555 539 0.8
APS 4 31037 63243 72671 9428 14.9 72697 26 0.0
APS 5 21424 68092 79191 11099 16.3 79794 603 0.8
APS 6 32578 79555 92522 12967 16.3 92975 453 0.5
EL 1 28506 99378 115257 15879 16.0 115630 373 0.3
EL 2 13179 124140 145215 21075 17.0 146277 1062 0.7
SES 1 2005 164575 216936 52361 31.8 219464 2528 1.2
SES 2 557 209318 272316 62998 30.1 275656 3340 1.2
SES 3 133 273383 343532 70149 25.7 348652 5120 1.5

3.2 Motor vehicle allowances

The cost of motor vehicle is the annualised total cost of a motor vehicle for which the employee was able to use for private use (include provision, running costs, insurance, repairs, maintenance, and any FBT payable). Cash-in-lieu of a motor vehicle is the total paid to an employee where they opted for cash instead of a motor vehicle provided for private use. Table 3.2 combines these allowances by classification.

As expected, the use of motor vehicle allowances or cash in lieu of motor vehicle allowances was low in the non-SES classifications. The highest use of motor vehicle allowances at these classifications was the EL 2 level with 2.4% of employees receiving the benefit; all other classifications were at or below 0.2%.

There was a very small proportion of APS 3 to APS 6 employees who received a motor vehicle benefit in 2011. These employees tend to work with out-reach programs requiring a significant amount of driving from site to site on a daily basis to enable them to undertake their duties. These vehicles are available for private use and hence this data is included.

The 2010 APS Non-SES Remuneration Survey only provided non-SES specific motor vehicle allowances data for the EL 1 and EL 2 classifications. It reported that less than 0.5% of EL 1 employees and approximately 1% of EL 2 employees received motor vehicle payments. The 2011 data shows a low level of use of these allowances at the EL 1 level, 0.2%, and an increased use at the EL 2 level to 2.4%.

There has been a reduction in the median amount paid for motor vehicle benefits in 2011 from 2010 at the EL 1 level from $25,802 to $19,159 and a smaller reduction at the EL 2 level from $24,000 in 2010 to $22,856 in 2011.

At the SES classifications, the proportion of employees who received a vehicle benefit had increased slightly. It is likely that due to a change in collection methodology and potentially an increase in the reporting by agencies compared with the previous year.

As 80% of SES employees received some form of motor vehicle related allowance, it is still a well used remuneration benefit.

Table 3.2: Motor vehicle cost or cash in lieu by classification
Classification Total

employees n
Employees

with allowance n
Proportion who

received allowance %
Min $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ Max $ Average $

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: This allowance includes annualised total cost of motor vehicle for which the employee was able to use the motor vehicle for private use (include provision, running costs, insurance, repairs, maintenance, and any FBT payable) or the total paid to an employee where they opted for cash instead of a motor vehicle provided for private use.

Graduate 1655 0 0.0 . . . . . .
APS 1 1952 0 0.0 . . . . . .
APS 2 4272 0 0.0 . . . . . .
APS 3 19674 36 0.2 7445 12653 14939 16346 24370 14414
APS 4 31037 24 0.1 6873 12248 14903 15726 18148 14038
APS 5 21424 19 0.1 3383 11226 13970 15506 22235 13325
APS 6 32578 20 0.1 10382 14127 15935 19159 21036 16275
EL 1 28506 59 0.2 6890 15425 19159 19159 20828 17334
EL 2 13179 317 2.4 261 11784 22856 25000 38187 20021
SES 1 2005 1630 81.3 1024 23203 25000 26000 50863 23963
SES 2 557 439 78.8 3325 23181 26500 27226 51444 24793
SES 3 133 98 73.7 15708 23911 27911 30000 32214 26442
Total 156972 2642 1.7

3.3 Performance bonus

Performance bonuses may be available to APS employees through an enterprise agreement or another employment instrument for example a Common Law Arrangement. The availability, eligibility and amounts vary across agencies. While performance may also be recognised through other mechanisms such as salary or incremental advancement which is captured through median Base Salary movement, this section reports only on performance bonus payments.

There were 18,506 employees (12.0%) of the non-SES workforce, and 822 (30.5%) of the SES workforce who received a performance bonus in 2011.

The proportion of employees who received performance bonuses varied across classification levels from 0.3% to 31.6%. The Graduate classification had the lowest proportionate use which reflects the development nature of graduate programs. The SES classifications had the highest percentage application of performance bonuses.

Compared to the 2010 Remuneration Survey, there has been little change in the median performance bonus paid from 2010 to 2011 across the non-SES classification levels. This is influenced by the performance bonus provisions applied in 2010 predominantly being the same as those applying for the performance period in 2011; that is, the same enterprise agreement provisions applying across both reporting periods. It is unlikely that new enterprise agreements that came into effect in 2011 would have had a significant influence on 2011 figures.

Due to the low proportion of performance bonuses at the non-SES classifications, the figures at the non-SES classification levels have been dominated by a single agency. This is a large agency with a high proportion of their workforce at the top of the salary range for their classification, and an enterprise agreement that provides for a $665 or 1% of Base Salary performance bonus for employees receiving a fully effective or higher performance rating. This agency also employs a significant proportion of the APS 2 workforce.

There has been a reduction in the proportion of SES employees who received a performance bonus when compared to the 2010 Survey findings (see Table 3.3). The 2011 results show an increase in both the median and average size of the bonuses paid compared with 2010.

Table 3.3: SES performance bonuses (median and average) 2010 and 2011
Classification Total

employees n
Employees

with bonus n
Proportion who

received bonus %
Min $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ Max $ Average $
Source: 2010 APS Remuneration Survey and 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Graduate 1655 5 0.3 972 972 972 972 972 972
APS 1 1952 139 7.1 177 665 665 665 2337 664
APS 2 4272 977 22.9 165 665 665 665 4722 666
APS 3 19674 1451 7.4 11 665 665 665 9000 896
APS 4 31037 1442 4.6 89 665 665 665 9073 974
APS 5 21424 2701 12.6 2 681 681 681 11994 1009
APS 6 32578 3946 12.1 27 796 796 796 18738 1470
EL 1 28506 4559 16.0 15 993 993 1976 59238 2112
EL 2 13179 3286 24.9 22 1227 2412 7867 397254 5822
SES 1 2005 633 31.6 211 3899 8231 14836 47129 9782
SES 2 557 154 27.6 1971 3764 13187 19881 412242 17624
SES 3 133 35 26.3 3086 4655 9816 27287 37887 14797
Total 156972 19328 12.3
Table 3.4: Performance bonus by classification
Band Percentage who received bonus Median performance bonuses Average performance bonuses
2010 % 2011 % 2010 $ 2011 $ 2010 $ 2011 $

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: This allowance captures the sum of performance bonuses actually paid to employees for the calendar year of 2011.

SES 1 39 32 7972 8231 8860 9782
SES 2 34 28 12768 13187 14892 17624
SES 3 28 26 7000 9816 13907 14797

3.4 Superannuation

The median employer superannuation contribution for Graduate to EL 2 classifications in 2011 was between 15.4 and 15.6%.

Table 3.6 ‘Number of employees by superannuation fund and age group’ provides important information for workforce planning. Due to the nature of the scheme, the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) may provide a disincentive for its members to work beyond 55 years of age in some circumstances.

APS employee superannuation fund membership has been reported by five categories:

  • The Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS);
  • The Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (PSS);
  • The Public Sector Superannuation Accumulation Plan (PSSap);
  • The Australia Government Employees Superannuation Trust (AGEST) and
  • ‘Other’.

As the CSS and PSS closed to new members in 1990 and 2006 respectively, there was no APS employees in the CSS from 30–34 years of age and below, and the under 20 years of age category in the PSS.

There were 81,952 APS employees, or 52% of the APS workforce, in the PSS and 56,399 employees, or 36% of the workforce, in the PSSap.

Only 6.4% of APS employees were members of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme with approximately 30% of them aged 55 years or over. These members represent a significant proportion of the SES workforce: 29% at the SES 1 level, 40% at the SES 2 level and 48% of the SES 3 level.

Where no superannuation contribution was made to an employee, this may be due to either the employee being over 70 years of age, or the employee having reached their maximum benefit limit.

A high superannuation contribution can be the result of a higher salary for superannuation purposes than their Base Salary. It may also be due to an employee performing higher duties for more than 12 months at the time their salary for superannuation was calculated. As noted in Table 4.2, the number of levels of higher duties that an employee may perform can be significant. This may have a noticeable effect on the superannuation contribution in a small number of cases.

There has been a small decrease in the employer superannuation contribution as a proportion of Base Salary at the SES 2 and 3 levels compared with 2010, as seen in Table 3.7.

Figure 3.1: Employer superannuation as a proportion of Base Salary median by classification

Figure 3.1 shows employer superannuation contribution as a proportion of median base salary by classification. Classifications are on the x axis and a range of fourteen to seventeen point five% is on the y axis. For non-SES classifications the contributions are between fifteen point four and fifteen point six percent. Contributions for SES employees are around a full percentage point higher, ranging from sixteen point three for SES Band twos to sixteen point nine for SES band three employees.

Source: Table 3.7

Table 3.5: Number of employees by superannuation fund and classification
Classification CSS PSS PSSap AGEST Other
n % n % n % n % n %
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Graduate . . 12 0.7 1481 89.5 10 0.6 152 9.2
APS 1 51 2.6 280 14.3 1170 59.9 57 2.9 394 20.2
APS 2 164 3.8 1856 43.5 1896 44.4 85 2.0 271 6.3
APS 3 539 2.7 7779 39.5 10138 51.5 195 1.0 1023 5.2
APS 4 865 2.8 15523 50.0 13259 42.7 171 0.6 1219 3.9
APS 5 948 4.4 10692 49.9 8632 40.3 174 0.8 978 4.6
APS 6 1910 5.9 17440 53.5 11451 35.2 254 0.8 1523 4.7
EL 1 2608 9.2 18149 63.7 6433 22.6 214 0.8 1102 3.9
EL 2 2154 16.3 8697 66.0 1722 13.1 89 0.7 517 3.9
SES 1 583 29.1 1236 61.7 142 7.1 6 0.3 38 1.9
SES 2 224 40.2 244 43.8 62 11.1 3 0.5 24 4.3
SES 3 64 48.1 44 33.1 13 9.8 2 1.5 10 7.5
Total 10110 6.4 81952 52.2 56399 35.9 1260 0.8 7251 4.6
Table 3.6: Number of employees by superannuation fund and age group
Classification CSS PSS PSSap AGEST Other
n % n % n % n % n %
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Under 20 . . . . 305 89.2 2 0.6 35 10.2
20-24 . . 30 0.5 5858 89.0 32 0.5 665 10.1
25-29 . . 1795 10.1 14461 81.4 155 0.9 1351 7.6
30-34 . . 8672 42.9 10394 51.4 157 0.8 1015 5.0
35-39 15 0.1 12860 61.3 7149 34.1 127 0.6 827 3.9
40-44 648 3.0 14482 66.4 5773 26.5 117 0.5 784 3.6
45-49 2381 10.3 15084 65.2 4791 20.7 120 0.5 761 3.3
50-54 4038 17.6 14368 62.6 3667 16.0 136 0.6 748 3.3
55-59 1681 11.6 9427 65.2 2509 17.4 210 1.5 622 4.3
60 and over 1347 15.5 5234 60.0 1492 17.1 204 2.3 443 5.1
Total 10110 6.4 81952 52.2 56399 35.9 1260 0.8 7251 4.6
Table 3.7: Employer superannuation contribution as a proportion of Base Salary by classification
Classification Employees Min Q1 Median Q3 Max Average
2010 n 2011 n 2010 % 2011 % 2010 % 2011 % 2010 % 2011 % 2010 % 2011 % 2010 % 2011 % 2010 % 2011 %
Source: 2010 APS Remuneration Survey and 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Graduate 1297 1655 9.1 7.6 14.8 15.3 15.4 15.4 15.4 15.6 19.6 24.2 15.1 15.4
APS 1 1529 1952 5.3 0.0 15.0 15.4 15.4 15.4 16.1 15.6 46.1 28.2 15.7 15.7
APS 2 4737 4272 7.2 0.0 15.4 14.8 15.4 15.6 16.5 16.5 34.7 36.4 16.0 15.9
APS 3 19760 19674 0.0 0.0 14.9 15.3 15.4 15.6 17.1 17.1 44.2 37.7 16.4 16.5
APS 4 19687 31037 0.0 0.0 14.9 14.6 15.4 15.4 16.9 16.1 85.5 35.6 16.0 15.6
APS 5 20167 21424 7.0 0.0 14.9 14.8 15.4 15.5 17.1 16.5 42.8 43.1 16.2 16.0
APS 6 26978 32578 6.5 0.0 14.9 14.8 15.4 15.5 16.9 16.4 51.0 38.3 16.1 15.9
EL 1 24309 28506 5.3 0.0 14.9 14.8 15.7 15.4 16.7 16.4 42.5 37.8 16.2 15.8
EL 2 11689 13179 4.0 0.0 14.8 14.7 15.6 15.4 17.0 16.8 42.6 36.1 16.3 15.9
SES 1 1940 2005 9.0 1.8 15.3 14.9 16.3 16.4 19.2 18.9 50.7 33.9 17.5 16.8
SES 2 547 557 0.0 1.7 15.3 15.0 17.0 16.3 20.4 20.0 36.7 33.9 18.2 17.4
SES 3 125 133 9.0 4.7 15.4 14.9 17.2 16.9 21.0 19.8 40.0 36.2 19.0 17.5
Table 3.8: Employer superannuation contribution by classification
Classification Employees n Min $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ Max $ Average $

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: Zero payments are explained in Section 3.4.

Graduate 1655 4399 8043 8580 8815 14134 8524
APS 1 1952 0 6099 6274 6824 13579 6498
APS 2 4272 0 7156 7808 8841 17051 7958
APS 3 19674 0 8187 8826 9826 22595 9229
APS 4 31037 0 9198 9421 10126 21429 9768
APS 5 21424 0 10014 10666 11584 28888 10962
APS 6 32578 0 11384 12339 13573 33828 12592
EL 1 28506 0 14307 15370 16537 37402 15768
EL 2 13179 0 17664 19459 21709 62538 19947
SES 1 2005 3300 24026 27141 31407 67766 28103
SES 2 557 3652 31042 36190 41642 85123 37042
SES 3 133 17895 39894 48120 54086 108214 49228

4. Payments in addition to key remuneration components

The following section provides information on payments that are not included in Base Salary, TRP or Total Reward. They are in addition to the key remuneration components and reflect situations outside the standard parameters. This includes taking on higher or additional duties through to payments specific for geographical locations and particular hardship.

4.1 Higher duties

The data on higher duties payments is a snapshot of employees on duties at a higher classification group for a consecutive period of 90 days or more as at 31 December 2011. That is, the employee had been performing higher duties since at least 3 October 2011.

Higher duties payments have not been included in any of the key remuneration component reporting. Partial performance is included in the additional duties/responsibilities figures. Note that higher duties may be performed with payment for shorter periods, but this information was not collected.

There were 12,368 employees, or 8% of the workforce, reported to be in receipt of a higher duties payment and had been performing the higher duties for 3 months or more.

The amounts shown in Table 4.1 are annualised values, based on amounts paid to employees in the reporting period for taking on the duties at the higher classification. The minimum payment at the SES 1 level is the result of an EL 2 employee taking on SES 1 duties, where there was little difference between the EL 2 remuneration package and the SES 1 salary. Note: in some enterprise agreements, specialist classifications in Group 8 (EL 2 and equivalents) attract a salary that overlaps the SES 1 salary range.

Table 4.2 shows the number of APS employees who were performing higher duties by the acting level and their substantive classification. Of note is the number of levels that employees are performing on an acting basis, for example up to 5 levels at the EL 1 classification.

The higher duties payment recorded in Table 4.1 is the pay point at the higher classification minus the pay point of the employee’s base level.

Table 4.1: Higher duties payment by acting classification
Acting classification Employees at level n Employees on HDA n Employees on HDA % Min $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ Max $ Average $

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: For the purposes of the APS Remuneration Report an employee was only reported as acting if they have been on temporary assignment/HDA to a different classification group for a continuous period of 90 days or more on or crossing 31 December 2011(i.e. since October 3). This table includes data on employees acting more than one classification above their base classification (for further detail see Table 4.2). The values of higher duties payment are all annualised values.

Graduate 1655 0 0 . . . . . .
APS 1 1952 0 0 . . . . . .
APS 2 4272 34 0.8 363 2307 3460 4767 13768 3722
APS 3 19674 263 1.3 374 1721 3342 5814 12368 4232
APS 4 31037 1109 3.6 391 2049 4762 6790 22538 5165
APS 5 21424 2970 13.9 327 2765 3968 6793 23033 5074
APS 6 32578 3442 10.6 107 4071 6408 9881 30636 7213
EL 1 28506 2849 10.0 156 9634 13016 17131 42646 13648
EL 2 13179 1376 10.4 315 6311 9793 13500 57218 10698
SES 1 2005 260 13.0 3 10991 20896 29191 126003 22962
SES 2 557 57 10.2 1721 10000 21103 31083 74215 22998
SES 3 133 8 6.0 6502 31840 45467 45467 60000 39006
Total 156972 12368 7.9
Table 4.2: Acting classification by base classification—number of employees
Acting classification Base classification
Graduate APS 1 APS 2 APS 3 APS 4 APS 5 APS 6 EL 1 EL 2 SES 1 SES 2 SES 3

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: For the purposes of the APS Remuneration Report an employee was only reported as acting if they have been on temporary assignment/HDA to a different classification group for a continuous period of 90 days or more on or crossing 31 December 2011(i.e. since October 3).

Graduate . . . . . . . . . . . .
APS 1 . . . . . . . . . . . .
APS 2 . 34 . . . . . . . . . .
APS 3 . 29 234 . . . . . . . . .
APS 4 . 25 172 912 . . . . . . . .
APS 5 3 8 36 561 2362 . . . . . . .
APS 6 3 . 14 143 1037 2245 . . . . . .
EL 1 . . 1 4 37 183 2624 . . . . .
EL 2 . . . . . 3 44 1329 . . . .
SES 1 . . . . . . . 2 258 . . .
SES 2 . . . . . . . . 4 53 . .
SES 3 . . . . . . . . . . 8 .

4.2 Geographic/locality allowance

In previous surveys, some allowances captured in the geographic/locality descriptions were reported under ‘allowances’ in the ‘Total Reward Plus Allowances’ section, whereas some others were not reported on at all, for example disturbance or cost of living allowances.

For 2011, the Report provides data for a cluster of allowances variously described across agency enterprise agreements but relating to a particular locality or geographical region. Examples include: disturbance allowance, district allowance, remote localities assistance and overseas allowances. It excludes disability related allowances such as location-specific hardship allowances: SESction 4.3.

Only 6% of APS employees received a geographic or locality allowance; 7% of the SES workforce and 6% of the non-SES workforce.

From Table 4.3 the classifications with the highest proportion of employees receiving a geographic/locality allowance in 2011 were the APS 3, Graduates and SES 3 classifications. The EL 1 and EL 2 classifications had the lowest proportion of employees in receipt of geographic/locality allowances.

The Graduate and APS 3 classifications had the lowest median of allowances received, with the SES 3 the highest median.

Table 4.3: Geographic/locality allowance by classification
Classification Total

employees n
Employees

with allowance n
Proportion who

received allowance %
Min $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ Max $ Average $

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: Examples of a geographic/locality allowance include but is not limited to: child, district, disturbance/relocation, geographical rent assistance, isolated establishment allowance (IEA), leave fare, post, posting termination compensation, remote localities assistance, remote locality dependent, rent subsidy, cost of living, and overseas allowances.

Graduate 1655 197 11.9 115 501 1000 4740 21796 2036
APS 1 1952 72 3.7 100 1404 5505 7828 17865 5717
APS 2 4272 254 5.9 90 1362 2800 6308 38293 4970
APS 3 19674 2628 13.4 3 739 1002 1365 36336 2323
APS 4 31037 1265 4.1 6 1005 2620 5760 31263 4282
APS 5 21424 1706 8.0 6 658 1362 5434 49166 4402
APS 6 32578 1440 4.4 3 911 2436 7150 95078 5634
EL 1 28506 1016 3.6 12 1852 6637 19653 105560 12819
EL 2 13179 448 3.4 18 2294 9491 30339 122166 18996
SES 1 2005 129 6.4 238 20560 32198 42740 159442 33263
SES 2 557 42 7.5 1200 20768 34861 51901 150683 41292
SES 3 133 16 12.0 4433 28873 42969 54289 130774 45788
Total 156972 9213 5.9

4.3 Disability allowance

Disability related allowances are intended to address specific instances where an employee may need to work in circumstances where they are subject to specific discomforts and/or difficulties. These allowances may be applied for situations both within Australian and overseas and may be location and/or duty specific. Examples of disability allowances include, but are not limited to: duty at sea, hardship, inspection certifying dangerous goods, marine crew accommodation, self contained breathing apparatus, southern ocean operations training and working conditions allowances.

Table 4.4 shows non-SES have lower proportions of employees in receipt of disability allowances compared to SES. The proportion of Non-SES ranged from 1.0% for APS 1 to a high of 4.6% for APS 5. In contrast, the SES ranged from 5.1% of SES 1 to 9.0% of SES 3.

The maximum allowances paid at the EL 1 and SES levels were paid to APS employees working in hardship locations including overseas.

The Graduate level received the lowest median disability allowance of $74. The greatest median disability allowance of $46,439 was at the SES 1 classification.

Table 4.4: Disability allowance by classification
Classification Total

employees n
Employees

with allowance n
Proportion who

received allowance %
Min $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ Max $ Average $

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: Examples of disability allowances includes but is not limited to: site, hardship: antarctic, diving, duty at sea, field work, flying disability, hardship, inspection certifying dangerous goods, magazine (ammunition), marine crew accommodation, multiple division site, self contained breathing apparatus, site, sleepover, southern ocean deployability, southern ocean operations training, special duties, spray equipment operation, task loading, wharf allowance, working conditions allowances.

Graduate 1655 69 4.2 5 26 74 530 28650 1108
APS 1 1952 19 1.0 34 1055 1876 2487 3532 1708
APS 2 4272 57 1.3 16 264 2487 8409 47864 6439
APS 3 19674 716 3.6 5 129 1235 7776 51094 7555
APS 4 31037 701 2.3 5 101 490 2487 125145 3717
APS 5 21424 988 4.6 5 128 2069 8401 139956 8219
APS 6 32578 1184 3.6 0 110 1985 10022 153299 9382
EL 1 28506 955 3.4 0 469 10211 36669 181476 22537
EL 2 13179 360 2.7 10 3322 16809 47300 146886 29208
SES 1 2005 103 5.1 51 21169 46439 71172 177615 50138
SES 2 557 33 5.9 3436 19651 31056 38137 118468 39616
SES 3 133 12 9.0 12010 26182 37262 47335 103882 41970
Total 156972 5197 3.3

4.4 Additional duties/responsibilities allowance

The additional duties/responsibility allowances have not been reported on in previous remuneration surveys. These allowances include, but are not limited to, First Aid Officer, Fire Warden, Departmental Liaison Officer and Workplace Health & Safety Officer allowances.

Also included in Table 4.5 are partial performance payments. Partial performance, at a higher level, may be recognised where some, but not all, of the duties of APStion at a higher classification are undertaken by an employee. Higher duties data is reported at Section 4.1.

The classifications which tend to have additional duties that attract an allowance are the APS 3 to APS 6 levels. The non-SES classifications with the lowest proportion of employees having additional duties allowance were the Graduate and APS 1 levels.

The additional duties at the SES levels are a reflection of the need in some agencies to have SES level employees available at all times to take on additional duties at times of crisis, and is more likely to occur in agencies with a presence overseas.

The median amounts were consistent across all non-SES classifications. This may be a reflection of enterprise agreement provisions providing allowances of similar values for the additional duties, regardless of classification level, under enterprise agreements arrangements. The range of amounts paid for an additional duty varies depending on the nature of the additional duty. For example First Aid Officer and Fire Warden duties attract a lesser allowance amount compared to Departmental Liaison Officer duties, but are far more numerous and hence represent the values in Q1, Median, and Q3 in Table 4.5.

Table 4.5: Additional duties/responsibilities allowance by classification
Classification Total

employees n
Employees

with allowance n
Proportion who

received allowance %
Min $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ Max $ Average $

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: This allowance does not include higher duties payment. Examples of an additional duties/responsibilities allowance includes, but is not limited to: DLO, first aid, warden, supervisory, Fire Warden, Occupational Health and Safety Representative, patent examiner translation, use of force, Workplace Harassment Contact Officer, workplace responsibility, workplace support. It also includes partial performance allowance.

Graduate 1655 23 1.4 64 342 537 624 17000 2606
APS 1 1952 71 3.6 20 346 520 591 3051 515
APS 2 4272 268 6.3 20 346 528 652 3321 651
APS 3 19674 1960 10.0 20 346 589 926 18643 1098
APS 4 31037 2879 9.3 20 395 591 591 18665 597
APS 5 21424 2719 12.7 15 346 583 676 38462 867
APS 6 32578 3402 10.4 8 346 578 665 44184 855
EL 1 28506 2382 8.4 10 346 558 650 23727 1051
EL 2 13179 678 5.1 18 494 583 723 48654 1986
SES 1 2005 67 3.3 134 522 3165 26186 26186 9873
SES 2 557 18 3.2 522 4426 26186 26186 33684 18488
SES 3 133 3 2.3 28282 28282 28282 28282 28282 28282
Total 156972 14470 9.2

5. Additional information

The following section provides greater detail on a range of payments including motor vehicle related payments, performance bonuses, geographic and locality allowance and additional duties allowances.

5.1 Employment instrument

An APS employee may have their terms and conditions set by the following primary employment instruments:

  • enterprise agreements (EA);
  • Australian Workplace Agreements (AWA);
  • Public Service Act Determinations (s24(1) and (3)) (PSA); and
  • common law arrangements (CLA).

A secondary employment instrument, an individual flexibility arrangement (IFA), may be used to vary terms and conditions of the enterprise agreement subject to the employee being better off overall than they would have if no IFA were agreed to.

Employees in the non-SES classifications are usually employed under an EA with very small numbers at these levels using AWAs, PSAs and CLAs. At these levels, there is a greater use of IFAs than AWAs, PSAs and CLAs combined. IFAs were in place for 2678 employees in 2011, and were used most commonly at the EL 2 level: 1449 or 11.1% of EL 2 employees that are covered by an enterprise agreement.

As shown in Table 5.1, the most commonly used primary employment instrument at the SES levels was a PSA.

For non-SES, PSAs tended to deliver a lower median Base Salary compared to other employment instruments. Note that PSAs cover a small population and collective determinations are used as a short-term interim instrument during periods of structural change, such as machinery of government changes. At the non-SES classifications, the CLAs provided the highest median salary outcomes, but like AWAs, there was a very small population of the workforce using CLAs.

At the SES 1 and SES 2 classifications CLAs delivered a slightly higher median Base Salary compared with other primary instruments while PSAs delivering the highest median Base Salary at the SES 3 classification by a small margin. This is shown in Table 5.3.

Table 5.1: Proportion of employees by employment instrument and classification
Classification Primary Secondary
EA AWA PSA CLA IFA
n % n % n % n % n %

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note:

  • EA = Enterprise Agreement
  • AWA = Australian Workplace Agreement
  • PSA = Public Service Act Determinations (PS Act s24(1) & s24(3))
  • CLA = Common Law Arrangement
  • IFA = Individual Flexibility Arrangement
Graduate 1655 100.0 . . . . . 21 1.3
APS 1 1952 100.0 . . . . . . 3 0.2
APS 2 4271 100.0 1 0.0 . . . . 8 0.2
APS 3 19666 100.0 1 0.0 4 0.0 3 0.0 33 0.2
APS 4 31003 99.9 16 0.1 15 0.1 3 0.0 57 0.2
APS 5 21379 99.8 9 0.0 22 0.1 14 0.1 118 0.6
APS 6 32503 99.8 26 0.1 37 0.1 12 0.0 330 1.0
EL 1 28363 99.5 40 0.1 52 0.2 51 0.2 645 2.3
EL 2 12996 98.6 81 0.6 40 0.3 62 0.5 1449 11.0
SES 1 10 0.5 242 12.1 1389 69.3 364 18.2 13 0.6
SES 2 6 1.1 69 12.4 382 68.6 100 18.0 . 0.0
SES 3 . . 16 12.0 100 75.2 17 12.8 1 0.8
Total 153804 98.0 501 0.3 2041 1.3 626 0.4 2678 1.7
Table 5.2: Base Salary by primary employment instrument: Graduate to APS 5
Employment instrument Base Salary
Employees n Min $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ Max$
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Graduate EA 1655 47324 52419 55162 57929 66000
AWA 0 . . . . .
PSA 0 . . . . .
CLA 0 . . . . .
APS 1 EA 1952 25676 39602 41151 43779 54877
AWA 0 . . . . .
PSA 0 . . . . .
CLA 0 . . . . .
APS 2 EA 4271 37628 48431 50471 51248 65037
AWA 1 55905 55905 55905 55905 55905
PSA 0 . . . . .
CLA 0 . . . . .
APS 3 EA 19666 41146 53396 56215 58050 69935
AWA 1 59978 59978 59978 59978 59978
PSA 4 51032 51032 52093 54909 56664
CLA 3 55650 55650 56919 57339 57339
APS 4 EA 31003 44194 61176 63243 63982 75177
AWA 16 59600 61670 64957 67686 72450
PSA 15 55509 55509 55509 59822 64281
CLA 3 55735 55735 69669 72450 72450
APS 5 EA 21379 54293 67021 68092 70068 99168
AWA 9 65975 67169 71070 73479 80267
PSA 22 61292 61292 65579 69769 75870
CLA 14 61651 65138 73394 76147 85050
Table 5.3: Base Salary by primary employment instrument: APS 6 to SES 3
Employment instrument Base Salary
Employees n Min $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ Max $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
APS 6 EA 32503 58207 75903 79555 81988 110773
AWA 26 72113 78590 81277 87661 96330
PSA 37 69002 72997 75962 80677 86498
CLA 12 79888 82110 85050 90721 106468
EL 1 EA 28363 71713 95849 99378 102448 159931
AWA 40 90019 96055 97814 104851 189000
PSA 52 85040 93841 98555 103729 137629
CLA 51 96272 125000 168000 173020 238745
EL 2 EA 12996 88207 120147 124140 129611 297250
AWA 81 102183 122221 129555 154286 435780
PSA 40 100217 119103 126712 130600 169497
CLA 62 123557 135252 170295 225561 403670
SES 1 EA 10 151461 151461 151461 151461 175577
AWA 242 134623 157837 165000 170387 291482
PSA 1389 125000 156970 163473 174047 240535
CLA 364 138119 159239 168093 181005 258896
SES 2 EA 6 184612 184612 184612 184612 184612
AWA 69 173473 200000 208800 211502 508142
PSA 382 171183 202726 208983 221450 298342
CLA 100 169157 198938 214821 234200 284077
SES 3 EA 0 . . . . .
AWA 16 221019 241829 256524 288779 387417
PSA 100 215710 260658 273900 295150 442617
CLA 17 242731 267800 273847 295800 532110

5.2 Remuneration data by sex

This section provides information on the key remuneration components based on sex by classification. Reporting on this dimension commenced in 2008 and the 2011 Report has continued this time series.

Women’s median Base Salary, as a proportion of men’s Base Salary was at or over 100% across all classification levels with the exception of the SES 1 (99.9%).

Generally, there were no significant differences between sexes across the three key remuneration components: Base Salary, TRP and Total Reward across all classification levels at the median values. Across the 5th to 95th percentiles the only variation is some deviation towards men at 95th percentile at the Executive and SES levels with the deviation increasing at the higher classification levels.

Table 5.4: Median Base Salary and comparison by sex
Classification Median Base Salary
Men Women Women as % of Men
Source: Table 5.5
Graduate 55162 55162 100.0
APS 1 41068 41885 102.0
APS 2 50471 50471 100.0
APS 3 55880 56215 100.6
APS 4 63243 63243 100.0
APS 5 68092 68301 100.3
APS 6 79555 80128 100.7
EL 1 99285 99378 100.1
EL 2 124140 124140 100.0
SES 1 164586 164500 99.9
SES 2 208983 210000 100.5
SES 3 270792 274181 101.3
Table 5.5: Base Salary by sex
Classification Sex Employees n P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Graduate Men 809 50471 53359 55162 57929 62153
Women 846 50803 52315 55162 57753 60802
APS1 Men 908 36537 39602 41068 43779 46119
Women 1044 34663 39602 41885 43779 45746
APS2 Men 1388 44837 48431 50471 50710 53706
Women 2884 44896 48431 50471 51248 53706
APS3 Men 6794 50593 53170 55880 57939 59535
Women 12880 51139 53629 56215 58050 59535
APS4 Men 9670 58105 61176 63243 64269 66753
Women 21367 58431 61176 63243 63861 66753
APS5 Men 8902 63752 67177 68092 70026 72713
Women 12522 64419 66989 68301 70236 72713
APS6 Men 14838 71821 76473 79555 81988 85077
Women 17740 71832 75903 80128 81988 85077
EL1 Men 14718 90983 96215 99285 102481 107829
Women 13788 90713 95720 99378 102448 109926
EL2 Men 7952 109381 120723 124140 129611 140339
Women 5227 108990 118711 124140 128987 137629
SES 1 Men 1216 144722 157837 164586 175564 200131
Women 789 144135 156879 164500 171000 193504
SES 2 Men 351 184612 202340 208983 221450 251796
Women 206 184612 201571 210000 224380 251100
SES 3 Men 95 240000 260658 270792 303091 391617
Women 38 221019 262500 274181 284971 298700
Table 5.6: TRP by sex
Classification Sex Employees n P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Graduate Men 809 58244 61759 63742 66803 72071
Women 846 58645 60296 63742 66077 70166
APS1 Men 908 41137 45701 47392 51111 55217
Women 1044 39382 45701 47684 50868 54104
APS2 Men 1388 51742 55964 58640 59659 63355
Women 2884 51810 55964 58318 59910 63350
APS3 Men 6794 58945 61987 65525 69090 71384
Women 12880 59142 62402 64988 67791 70202
APS4 Men 9670 66850 70597 72717 74468 78446
Women 21367 67109 70597 72671 73837 77770
APS5 Men 8902 73749 77286 79191 81766 85935
Women 12522 73884 77060 79191 81494 85126
APS6 Men 14838 82476 88325 92522 96053 101911
Women 17740 82436 87568 92468 95519 99861
EL1 Men 14718 104398 111498 115265 120016 126622
Women 13788 103725 110461 115137 119862 127074
EL2 Men 7952 125765 139140 145732 152930 169044
Women 5227 124808 137403 144142 151271 165178
SES 1 Men 1216 186486 206176 218042 228803 247470
Women 789 186470 203659 215665 226204 244259
SES 2 Men 351 235185 260065 273123 284620 314942
Women 206 235465 256264 270610 284667 307188
SES 3 Men 95 295900 325919 343144 376000 481952
Women 38 300792 329729 345348 359517 391632
Table 5.7: TR by sex
Classification Sex Employees n P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Graduate Men 809 58244 61759 63742 66803 72072
Women 846 58645 61021 63742 66077 70166
APS1 Men 908 41137 45701 47682 51111 55217
Women 1044 39383 45701 47684 50985 54334
APS2 Men 1388 51742 55964 58698 59919 63388
Women 2884 51810 55964 58475 60249 63436
APS3 Men 6794 58983 61999 65688 69128 71384
Women 12880 59236 62610 65387 67979 70273
APS4 Men 9670 67104 70597 72744 74609 78607
Women 21367 67371 70597 72671 74073 77770
APS5 Men 8902 73785 77325 79872 81831 86177
Women 12522 73957 77086 79537 81580 85314
APS6 Men 14838 82609 88389 93276 96278 101939
Women 17740 82437 87706 92659 95750 100493
EL1 Men 14718 104683 111641 115791 120016 127748
Women 13788 103967 110679 115582 120016 127835
EL2 Men 7952 126155 140101 146607 155115 173050
Women 5227 125678 138017 145732 152567 167490
SES 1 Men 1216 187915 208787 220690 234435 251884
Women 789 190182 205437 217245 228972 247360
SES 2 Men 351 239123 262200 275514 290808 318457
Women 206 237202 261968 276237 292066 307188
SES 3 Men 95 295900 328839 348652 376682 481952
Women 38 300792 339366 349842 366300 391632

5.3 Employment category

APS employees may be engaged on either an ongoing or non-ongoing basis. Table 5.8 provides the detail on Base Salary by employment category and classification. Note, non-ongoing casual employees have been excluded.

With the exception of the APS 1 classification level, APS employees were overwhelming engaged on an ongoing basis. This was consistent with the Public Service Act 1999 s22 (3) that “the usual basis for engagement is as an ongoing APS employee”.

The APS 1 shows that 45% of employees at that classification level are ongoing. This was the sole level where non-ongoing employees outnumber ongoing employees. The APS 2 classification with 14% had the second highest proportion of non-ongoing employees.

With regard to median Base Salary, employees engaged on an ongoing basis tended to have a higher median Base Salary with the exception at the Graduate, SES 2 and SES 3 classifications. Note that for these three classifications, the proportion of non-ongoing employees is small.

As engagement on a non-ongoing basis is time limited, there is not the same time available to move up salary spans for this category of employees. Hence the trend for employees engaged on an ongoing basis to have a higher median Base Salary than employees on a non-ongoing basis was not unexpected.

Table 5.8: Base Salary by employment category and classification
Classification Employees Min Q1 Median Q3 Max Average
OG n NOG n OG $ NOG $ OG $ NOG $ OG $ NOG $ OG $ NOG $ OG $ NOG $ OG $ NOG $

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Note: OG = Ongoing employees—includes employees who are employed under PS Act s22(2)(a)

NOG = Non-ongoing employees—only includes employees who are on specified term/specified task PS Act s22(2)(b). Employees under s22(2)(c), commonly known as casuals, are excluded.

Graduate 1649 6 47324 56959 52419 56959 55162 56959 57929 56959 66000 56959 55521 56959
APS 1 875 1077 25676 25676 41525 39602 43502 39602 44532 42664 54877 48221 42447 40225
APS 2 3686 586 37628 39616 49266 44896 50471 46601 51281 48373 65037 55084 50345 46999
APS 3 17844 1830 41146 41970 54562 51842 56215 52849 58050 53718 69935 62334 56150 53103
APS 4 29664 1373 44194 52185 61317 57929 63473 59568 64105 60876 75177 70611 62825 59613
APS 5 20409 1015 54293 54293 67287 65012 68092 66055 70236 68092 99168 78857 68598 66522
APS 6 31377 1201 58207 63475 76515 72763 79555 74851 81988 80241 110773 104306 79455 76264
EL 1 27645 861 71713 81680 96215 91315 99378 96215 102524 101182 238745 159931 99825 96990
EL 2 12664 515 92452 88207 120290 116681 124140 120802 129611 128750 435780 287257 125528 124709
SES 1 1950 55 125000 131283 157260 150000 164598 163817 174003 181711 291482 258896 167020 169420
SES 2 536 21 169157 183598 201817 200726 209257 209318 222700 218072 508142 261002 214256 210674
SES 3 120 13 215710 248048 260658 267008 273270 278533 291553 330842 532110 442617 280612 306691
Total 148419 8553

6. Historical data

Section 6 provides historical data on the:

  • median Base Salary for all classifications since 2002;
  • percentage change in median Base Salary for all classifications since 2002; and
  • percentage change in median Total Reward by classification since 2002.

When considering the historical data, changes in methodology over the 10 year period needs to be taken into account. Prior to 2010 when all APS agencies were required to provide remuneration data, participation in the APS Remuneration Surveys was voluntary. While agency participation rates consistently increased over the decade, the composition of which agencies participated could vary between different years.

There has been a significant increase in sample size from between 22,000 to 29,200 records in the years prior to 2009, to 120,000 records in 2009. The 2011 Report has moved from a sample methodology to a census. That is, all 156,972 relevant records submitted for the 2011 Report have been used.

Over the last decade, median base salaries have consistently increased. The greatest increase in median base salaries was reported in 2009 with increases of 6.4% at the non-SES classifications to 6.2% at the SES and an overall increase of 6.4%. The smallest increase in median base salaries was in 2011 with increases of 2.4% at the non-SES classifications and 4.1% at the SES and a 2.5% overall increase.

The greatest increase in median Total Reward was recorded in 2003 with increases of 6.5% at the non-SES classifications and 10.2% at the SES. Please note that a warning was issued in the 2003 APS SES Remuneration Survey regarding comparing the results between 2002 and 2003 due to a change in the treatment of motor vehicle allowance reporting between these two years.

Consistent with median Base Salaries, the smallest year-to-year increase in median Total Reward was in 2011 with increases of 3.0% at the non-SES classifications and 3.1% at the SES. Prior to 2011, 2010 had reported the smallest recorded increases in Total Reward. This demonstrates two consecutive years of relatively low remuneration growth.

As noted in Section 2.1 there has been a rolling-in of a proportion of benefits and bonuses into Base Salary. This is illustrated by comparing Figures 6.3 and 6.4 where the line indication SES change in Base Salary is above 4% since 2009 but growth in Total Reward is below 3%.

Both figures show all classification groups trending towards 3% in 2011. If this trend continues, there will be a flat-line at 3% from 2011 to 2012.

Figure 6.1: Median Base Salary by classification: Graduate to EL 1, 2002–11

Figure 6.1 charts the increase in median base salary from Graduate to Executive Level 1 employees from 2002 to 2011. The source is table 6.1. Each classification is represented by a line that starts at a certain point on the Y axis in 2002 on the left and trends upwards to a higher value in 2011 on the right. The y axis ranges from $0 to $100,000. Because the increases are proportional, each classification’s line is ever so slightly steeper than the classification below it. For example, the line for APS 1 starts at just over $30,000 and finishes at just over $40,000. In contrast, the line for EL 1 starts at $70,000 and finishes at $100,000. This is an increase over nine years of 33% for APS 1s, and 43% for Executive Level 1s. APS 2, 3, 5 and 6 also saw increases of between 43 and 44%. APS 4s and graduates saw increases of 50 and 52% respectively. Each classification’s line on the chart shows almost linear growth from year to year, except for 2009 when every line steepens and then returns to the normal slope. The line for Graduates starts closest to APS 2 and then rises to meet and intertwine with the APS three line, finishing slightly below it.

Source: Table 6.1

Figure 6.2: Median Base Salary by classification: EL and SES, 2002–11

Figure 6.2 charts the increase in median base salary executive and senior executive employees from 2002 to 2011. The source is table 6.1. Each classification is represented by a line that starts at a certain point on the Y axis in 2002 on the left and trends upwards to a higher value in 2011 on the right. The y axis ranges from $0 to $275,000. Each classification’s line is ever so slightly steeper than the classification below it. The lowest line representing Executive Level 1 median base salary starts at around $70,000 and finishes at $100,000. This is an increase of 43%. The uppermost line is for SES Band 3 and it starts at around $160,000 and finishes at around $275,000. This is an increase of 71%. Each classification’s line on the chart shows almost linear growth from year to year, except for 2009 when every line steepens a little and then returns to the normal slope. This steepness of the line at the 2009 mark increases with classification.

Source: Table 6.1

Table 6.1: Median Base Salary by classification: 2001–11
Classification 2001 $ 2002 $ 2003 $ 2004 $ 2005 $ 2006 $ 2007 $ 2008 $ 2009 $ 2010 $ 2011 $
Source: 2001–2010 APS Remuneration Surveys and 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Graduate 33140 36409 38402 40000 41000 43412 45902 49753 51370 53040 55162
APS 1 28490 30966 31471 32893 33935 35371 36040 37371 40659 41148 41151
APS 2 32570 35104 36439 37807 39028 40300 40786 43682 47680 49233 50471
APS 3 36560 39068 40550 42452 43923 45345 46542 49000 52327 54577 56215
APS 4 40800 42241 45688 47301 48944 50833 52812 55343 58949 61299 63243
APS 5 44870 47607 49941 52018 53931 56400 58825 61000 64728 67017 68092
APS 6 52530 55702 58164 60421 62775 65519 68000 70580 74969 77824 79555
EL 1 64500 69483 72035 74787 77767 80921 84875 88270 93826 97275 99378
EL 2 79820 85493 88361 92072 96063 100000 105299 110400 117127 120840 124140
SES 1 99178 103340 109000 116543 122000 127945 135000 141651 149987 158277 164575
SES 2 121737 126843 137088 145296 151108 159856 168422 178276 189633 200726 209318
SES 3 153286 159812 170000 179883 187500 198994 211000 226000 248000 261910 273383
Table 6.2: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group: 2002–11
Classification 2002 % 2003 % 2004 % 2005 % 2006 % 2007 % 2008 % 2009 % 2010 % 2011 %
Source: 2001–2010 APS Remuneration Surveys and 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Grad, APS1 - APS 3 7.8 3.7 4.3 3.3 3.7 2.6 6.0 7.1 3.9 2.8
APS4 - APS6 4.8 6.5 3.8 3.7 4.3 4.0 4.1 6.3 3.8 2.4
EL 7.4 3.5 4.0 4.2 4.1 5.1 4.4 6.2 3.5 2.3
Non-SES 6.4 4.9 4.0 3.8 4.1 4.1 4.6 6.4 3.7 2.4
SES 4.2 6.1 6.7 4.5 5.1 5.5 5.2 6.2 5.6 4.1
All 6.1 5.0 4.3 3.9 4.2 4.2 4.6 6.4 3.8 2.5
Table 6.3: Percentage change in median TR by classification group: 2002–11
Classification 2001 $ 2002 $ 2003 $ 2004 $ 2005 $ 2006 $ 2007 $ 2008 $ 2009 $ 2010 $ 2011 $
Source: 2001–2010 APS Remuneration Surveys and 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Graduate 37260 41820 43572 45441 47221 50666 52971 58152 59105 61287 63742
APS 1 32500 35048 36393 37093 38032 40628 41507 43397 46544 47546 47682
APS 2 37170 39423 41552 43068 44684 46339 47128 50996 55263 57125 58519
APS 3 41580 44130 46448 48604 50732 52414 53864 56888 60281 63326 65555
APS 4 46700 47986 52146 54688 56256 58685 61409 64265 67903 70408 72697
APS 5 51040 54668 57697 60037 62337 65168 68393 71165 75319 77709 79794
APS 6 60900 64237 67568 70204 72628 76027 79440 82737 86644 90005 92975
EL 1 75410 81046 86450 88135 92024 96087 101339 105613 109784 113384 115630
EL 2 95590 101607 108280 111813 116895 120918 127442 134074 137885 141170 146277
SES 1 138888 145206 160553 171366 175745 184809 194537 202110 207730 213017 219464
SES 2 169983 179137 196019 210391 218420 231336 245763 257512 263461 266763 275656
SES 3 207623 222496 240947 261813 273269 289590 309096 330337 336029 340627 348652

Figure 6.3: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group: 2002–11

Figure 6.3 graphs the percentage change in median base salary from 2002 to 2011 by classification group. The source is table 6.2. There are four groups: Graduates to APS 3, APS 4 to APS 6, Executive Level employees, and SES employees. The X-axis is the years 2002 to 2011 and the y-axis ranges from 0 to 9%. All groups show different amounts of growth from year to year, mostly between 3 and 6%. There are no obvious trends across the groups except in 2009 when all groups show a year of some of the strongest levels of growth in base salary in since 2002. The other major trend is that all non-SES groups’ lines have decreased from that year and converged to just below 3% for 2011. SES growth has also decreased over the past two years and are at 4% growth for 2011.

Source: Table 6.2

Figure 6.4: Percentage change in median TR by classification group: 2002–11

Figure 6.4 graphs the percentage change in median total reward from 2002 to 2011 by classification group. The source is table 6.3. There are four groups: Graduates to APS 3, APS 4 to APS 6, Executive Level employees, and SES employees. The X-axis is the years 2002 to 2011 and the y-axis ranges from 0 to 11%. All groups show different amounts of growth from year to year, mostly between 2 and 7%. There are no obvious trends across the groups except that all groups’ lines have converged to just above 3% for 2011, except for Executive level employees who are at 2.5%.

Source: Table 6.3

7. Remuneration findings by classification

Table 7.1: Remuneration findings for Graduate
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Base Salary 1655 47324 50471 52419 55162 57929 60802 66000 55527
Agency superannuation contribution 1655 4399 7773 8043 8580 8815 9493 14134 8524
Cost of motor vehicle 0 . . . . . . . .
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 0 . . . . . . . .
Motor vehicle parking 2 2088 2088 2088 5972 9855 9855 9855 5972
Other benefits 35 50 50 140 300 910 5061 9535 997
Other supplementary payments 0 . . . . . . . .
Total Remuneration Package 1655 54612 58589 60492 63742 66695 70166 84850 64079
Performance bonus paid 5 972 972 972 972 972 972 972 972
Retention bonus paid 0 . . . . . . . .
Productivity bonus 180 200 300 750 750 750 800 3200 734
Sign on bonus 46 294 294 700 838 838 838 1738 732
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 0 . . . . . . . .
Total Reward 1655 54612 58645 61021 63742 66741 70708 84850 64182
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 23 64 170 342 537 624 17000 17000 2606
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 21 45 51 353 1074 1972 2336 10479 1471
Market related allowance – general 0 . . . . . . . .
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 0 . . . . . . . .
Market related allowance - specific individual 0 . . . . . . . .
Superannuation allowances 0 . . . . . . . .
TR+A (annualised allowances) 43 45 64 342 583 1375 17000 17000 2112
Hours of duty allowances 216 22 26 26 79 185 878 7060 266
Expense allowances 95 47 143 228 480 812 1311 1665 575
Geographic/locality allowance 197 115 251 501 1000 4740 5000 21796 2036
Disability allowance 69 5 8 26 74 530 5545 28650 1108
Health and lifestyle allowance 515 150 200 300 300 600 600 600 422
Individual performance related allowances 2 500 500 500 4670 8840 8840 8840 4670
Annual leave loading 0 . . . . . . . .
TR+A (totalled allowances) 914 22 79 300 530 652 5000 41542 893
TR+A 1655 54612 58645 61496 64342 67050 72349 110488 64730
Table 7.2: Remuneration findings for APS 1
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Base Salary 1952 25676 34663 39602 41151 43779 45746 54877 41221
Agency superannuation contribution 1952 0 4840 6099 6274 6824 9093 13579 6498
Cost of motor vehicle 0 . . . . . . . .
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 0 . . . . . . . .
Motor vehicle parking 3 2088 2088 2088 2088 2088 2088 2088 2088
Other benefits 51 26 38 312 1282 2692 7321 13836 2253
Other supplementary payments 1 884 884 884 884 884 884 884 884
Total Remuneration Package 1952 29670 39816 45701 47448 50986 54613 66650 47782
Performance bonus paid 139 177 432 665 665 665 1000 2337 664
Retention bonus paid 0 . . . . . . . .
Productivity bonus 26 450 459 750 2000 2000 2000 2000 1422
Sign on bonus 18 438 438 500 500 500 650 650 505
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 0 . . . . . . . .
Total Reward 1952 29670 39825 45701 47682 51111 54791 66650 47853
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 71 20 139 346 520 591 903 3051 515
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 4 500 500 682 938 1372 1732 1732 1027
Market related allowance – general 1 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 0 . . . . . . . .
Market related allowance - specific individual 1 984 984 984 984 984 984 984 984
Superannuation allowances 0 . . . . . . . .
TR+A (annualised allowances) 76 20 139 346 521 591 1349 3200 590
Hours of duty allowances 363 4 26 52 106 265 661 4121 206
Expense allowances 3 28 28 28 168 211 211 211 136
Geographic/locality allowance 72 100 349 1404 5505 7828 16143 17865 5717
Disability allowance 19 34 34 1055 1876 2487 3532 3532 1708
Health and lifestyle allowance 158 79 130 300 300 300 600 600 308
Individual performance related allowances 3 3802 3802 3802 8305 11003 11003 11003 7703
Annual leave loading 2 244 244 244 244 244 244 244 244
TR+A (totalled allowances) 561 4 26 79 285 503 6643 20352 1055
TR+A 1952 29670 39954 45701 47702 51260 55647 73883 48179

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Table 7.3: Remuneration findings for APS 2
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Base Salary 4272 37628 44896 48431 50471 51248 53706 65037 49886
Agency superannuation contribution 4272 0 6452 7156 7808 8841 10496 17051 7958
Cost of motor vehicle 0 . . . . . . . .
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 0 . . . . . . . .
Motor vehicle parking 7 1800 1800 1800 1800 3392 3392 3392 2482
Other benefits 175 12 78 208 330 945 6381 12422 1311
Other supplementary payments 3 776 776 776 1003 1003 1003 1003 928
Total Remuneration Package 4272 43423 51810 55964 58475 59760 63355 77105 57903
Performance bonus paid 977 165 399 665 665 665 665 4722 666
Retention bonus paid 10 1313 1313 1572 2125 2125 4000 4000 2101
Productivity bonus 58 303 427 750 750 750 2000 2000 961
Sign on bonus 77 150 400 500 500 750 750 795 594
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 0 . . . . . . . .
Total Reward 4272 43423 51810 55964 58519 60084 63436 77105 58084
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 268 20 326 346 528 652 1725 3321 651
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 4 500 500 500 1116 2045 2358 2358 1273
Market related allowance – general 10 800 800 2000 2200 4800 5600 5600 3040
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 0 . . . . . . . .
Market related allowance - specific individual 2 2912 2912 2912 3412 3912 3912 3912 3412
Superannuation allowances 80 133 1453 1465 1465 1523 1774 15862 1687
TR+A (annualised allowances) 362 20 326 520 606 1465 2080 15862 971
Hours of duty allowances 695 1 25 52 145 495 4909 15559 805
Expense allowances 66 28 112 126 218 327 593 971 256
Geographic/locality allowance 254 90 635 1362 2800 6308 14468 38293 4970
Disability allowance 57 16 51 264 2487 8409 24471 47864 6439
Health and lifestyle allowance 817 1 130 300 300 300 600 600 327
Individual performance related allowances 6 250 250 1267 6345 12096 32973 32973 9879
Annual leave loading 8 34 34 64 69 69 69 69 64
TR+A (totalled allowances) 1529 1 26 250 327 973 8904 47864 1656
TR+A 4272 43423 51810 56264 58891 61154 64768 111431 58759

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Table 7.4: Remuneration findings for APS 3
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Base Salary 19674 41146 51139 53396 56215 58050 59535 69935 55867
Agency superannuation contribution 19674 0 7609 8187 8826 9826 12411 22595 9229
Cost of motor vehicle 36 7445 8301 12653 14939 16346 18137 24370 14414
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 0 . . . . . . . .
Motor vehicle parking 64 187 860 1885 2088 2088 3392 10345 2209
Other benefits 597 13 26 131 270 1099 4455 11781 928
Other supplementary payments 32 50 593 975 1112 1112 2004 4615 1146
Total Remuneration Package 19674 45661 59014 62206 65016 68795 70547 86177 65160
Performance bonus paid 1451 11 399 665 665 665 2864 9000 896
Retention bonus paid 8 1000 1000 1778 2400 2444 3520 3520 2221
Productivity bonus 288 220 450 653 750 750 800 2000 737
Sign on bonus 305 240 500 500 500 500 817 947 542
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 21 200 200 876 876 876 876 876 785
Total Reward 19674 45661 59014 62318 65555 68795 70582 88506 65247
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 1960 20 333 346 589 926 2836 18643 1098
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 176 250 500 872 1235 2358 3592 4559 1708
Market related allowance – general 8 1428 1428 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 1929
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 0 . . . . . . . .
Market related allowance - specific individual 9 375 375 2831 5396 5396 9020 9020 4167
Superannuation allowances 114 1504 1614 1648 1681 1796 2323 2323 1772
TR+A (annualised allowances) 2218 20 333 491 591 1648 3173 18643 1221
Hours of duty allowances 5075 1 26 52 159 603 12280 30117 1604
Expense allowances 3320 1 67 126 168 246 553 15889 266
Geographic/locality allowance 2628 3 202 739 1002 1365 11428 36336 2323
Disability allowance 716 5 30 129 1235 7776 38286 51094 7555
Health and lifestyle allowance 4859 1 120 200 300 300 600 2014 284
Individual performance related allowances 12 500 500 2985 8562 13820 34888 34888 10339
Annual leave loading 118 0 1 42 77 173 264 335 111
TR+A (totalled allowances) 10931 1 51 200 377 1155 12292 51094 2018
TR+A 19674 47177 59400 63174 65938 69410 75082 129734 66506

Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report

Table 7.5: Remuneration findings for APS 4
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Base Salary 31037 44194 58105 61176 63243 63982 66753 75177 62683
Agency superannuation contribution 31037 0 8595 9198 9421 10126 12078 21429 9768
Cost of motor vehicle 24 6873 8391 12248 14903 15726 17350 18148 14038
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 0 . . . . . . . .
Motor vehicle parking 219 860 1800 2088 2088 2088 3030 6897 2152
Other benefits 901 8 26 70 208 538 4058 16225 837
Other supplementary payments 12 130 130 567 1247 1538 13026 13026 2048
Total Remuneration Package 31037 53210 67053 70597 72671 74047 77866 96051 72502
Performance bonus paid 1442 89 500 665 665 665 3420 9073 974
Retention bonus paid 37 300 450 2127 2823 4104 4984 5482 2980
Productivity bonus 653 200 408 750 750 750 800 5800 748
Sign on bonus 659 189 379 500 500 650 943 1900 568
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 17 398 398 876 876 876 3213 3213 1213
Total Reward 31037 53210 67231 70597 72697 74180 77945 96051 72579
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 2879 20 296 395 591 591 913 18665 597
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 668 19 500 1789 2358 2358 2358 13187 2021
Market related allowance – general 10 1600 1600 1690 1845 2400 5500 5500 2337
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 0 . . . . . . . .
Market related allowance - specific individual 26 801 820 1690 2562 5500 7517 11346 3429
Superannuation allowances 29 47 64 1730 1837 1911 2323 9456 1739
TR+A (annualised allowances) 3527 19 296 528 591 801 2358 18665 916
Hours of duty allowances 4268 1 25 72 276 1445 12959 25150 2035
Expense allowances 1320 3 74 168 198 327 863 15972 351
Geographic/locality allowance 1265 6 248 1005 2620 5760 13339 31263 4282
Disability allowance 701 5 20 101 490 2487 19045 125145 3717
Health and lifestyle allowance 5078 1 130 200 300 300 600 3355 303
Individual performance related allowances 19 250 250 500 2652 14484 31702 31702 8292
Annual leave loading 34 47 50 86 86 244 2710 3142 360
TR+A (totalled allowances) 9934 1 52 200 317 1114 10221 152818 1900
TR+A 31037 53210 67384 70918 72720 74727 79846 226832 73291
Table 7.6: Remuneration findings for APS 5
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Base Salary 21424 54293 64304 67021 68092 70068 72713 99168 68500
Agency superannuation contribution 21424 0 9128 10014 10666 11584 14317 28888 10962
Cost of motor vehicle 19 3383 3383 11226 13970 15506 22235 22235 13325
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 0 . . . . . . . .
Motor vehicle parking 119 860 1380 2088 2088 2088 4055 10345 2322
Other benefits 559 8 26 146 340 1550 5659 12656 1281
Other supplementary payments 45 18 404 1268 1359 1359 1998 3667 1328
Total Remuneration Package 21424 60538 73825 77109 79191 81628 85330 116290 79523
Performance bonus paid 2701 2 500 681 681 681 3364 11994 1009
Retention bonus paid 19 1343 1343 2238 2877 3296 4000 4000 2734
Productivity bonus 831 145 418 641 750 750 800 3200 724
Sign on bonus 668 300 500 500 558 700 1056 1900 638
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 24 200 200 876 876 876 1615 1790 872
Total Reward 21424 60538 73904 77135 79794 81721 85610 116290 79702
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 2719 15 296 346 583 676 2836 38462 867
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 321 28 500 969 2358 3150 6273 12074 2351
Market related allowance – general 8 1690 1690 2000 3500 4900 6879 6879 3671
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 0 . . . . . . . .
Market related allowance - specific individual 19 1292 1292 2011 3000 5178 138606 138606 17505
Superannuation allowances 30 92 99 1990 2049 2088 10503 11581 2426
TR+A (annualised allowances) 3005 23 296 346 591 806 3150 139308 1180
Hours of duty allowances 3343 1 25 52 181 1249 13408 33721 1994
Expense allowances 1386 1 79 126 246 327 1126 9411 371
Geographic/locality allowance 1706 6 221 658 1362 5434 16678 49166 4402
Disability allowance 988 5 20 128 2069 8401 44673 139956 8219
Health and lifestyle allowance 4136 1 130 200 300 300 600 1457 282
Individual performance related allowances 39 302 304 2210 3132 6117 21240 22497 5284
Annual leave loading 94 1 18 78 95 223 689 2266 210
TR+A (totalled allowances) 8775 1 27 200 300 1226 14613 153929 2758
TR+A 21424 61731 74183 77580 79930 82829 88860 239611 80997
Table 7.7: Remuneration findings for APS 6
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Base Salary 32578 58207 71832 75903 79555 81988 85077 110773 79337
Agency superannuation contribution 32578 0 10130 11384 12339 13573 16752 33828 12592
Cost of motor vehicle 20 10382 10558 14127 15935 19159 20285 21036 16275
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 0 . . . . . . . .
Motor vehicle parking 135 142 1353 2088 2088 2088 4764 9855 2367
Other benefits 1114 2 26 177 573 2500 9644 26896 2169
Other supplementary payments 94 181 404 698 1293 1590 2705 20980 1514
Total Remuneration Package 32578 69170 82436 87874 92522 95750 100945 138134 92028
Performance bonus paid 3946 27 500 796 796 796 5163 18738 1470
Retention bonus paid 33 495 868 2396 3389 5000 16450 19936 4960
Productivity bonus 976 163 454 750 750 750 800 2600 747
Sign on bonus 1132 300 393 500 500 656 1216 3405 641
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 500 200 876 1507 1615 1615 2223 6000 1600
Total Reward 32578 69170 82506 88042 92975 95902 101415 138134 92280
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 3402 8 296 346 578 665 2124 44184 855
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 390 131 500 972 1995 3150 10000 29550 2976
Market related allowance – general 10 2400 2400 3569 6266 12026 22500 22500 8239
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 108 1500 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 18889 2152
Market related allowance - specific individual 79 462 830 2400 4442 7974 138606 138606 12093
Superannuation allowances 200 10 70 2320 2320 2323 2323 16263 2258
TR+A (annualised allowances) 4065 8 297 477 591 972 3413 139308 1425
Hours of duty allowances 4322 1 25 52 206 1614 8951 40039 1854
Expense allowances 1072 3 39 126 246 522 1694 21080 541
Geographic/locality allowance 1440 3 297 911 2436 7150 21082 95078 5634
Disability allowance 1184 0 13 110 1985 10022 49562 153299 9382
Health and lifestyle allowance 7719 1 150 200 300 300 750 2042 317
Individual performance related allowances 65 6 222 838 4000 9968 34888 34888 8528
Annual leave loading 59 3 15 97 110 221 995 2554 219
TR+A (totalled allowances) 12859 0 50 200 300 773 10662 166180 2397
TR+A 32578 69170 82867 88544 93318 96671 103108 262964 93404
Table 7.8: Remuneration findings for EL 1
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Base Salary 28506 71713 90856 95849 99378 102448 108788 238745 99739
Agency superannuation contribution 28506 0 12683 14307 15370 16537 20367 37402 15768
Cost of motor vehicle 54 6890 10781 19159 19159 19159 19159 20828 17861
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 5 11638 11638 11638 11638 11638 11638 11638 11638
Motor vehicle parking 250 770 997 1304 2088 2460 6938 11464 2457
Other benefits 968 6 40 209 727 3090 11800 57113 2850
Other supplementary payments 35 404 423 594 669 1242 1590 1694 872
Total Remuneration Package 28506 85881 104075 110926 115257 120016 126920 272847 115662
Performance bonus paid 4559 15 147 993 993 1976 7495 59238 2112
Retention bonus paid 86 1000 2000 3000 4812 10000 21662 30000 6889
Productivity bonus 733 102 400 735 750 750 1011 3600 767
Sign on bonus 790 300 361 500 700 923 1546 1900 809
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 333 200 876 1876 1966 1966 6263 6880 2073
Total Reward 28506 85881 104294 111163 115630 120016 127816 272847 116087
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 2382 10 296 346 558 650 1942 23727 1051
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 361 23 499 1002 3150 4801 12628 31050 3913
Market related allowance – general 30 3215 4000 5000 7442 10000 14585 16933 7937
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 37 1421 1500 1500 12957 18889 18889 18889 11279
Market related allowance - specific individual 171 32 1810 4773 7637 10000 23065 41750 8477
Superannuation allowances 115 20 56 182 2323 2323 2323 16556 2023
TR+A (annualised allowances) 2970 10 301 417 591 1002 10409 41750 2105
Hours of duty allowances 2015 1 26 106 869 3310 11281 40870 2673
Expense allowances 759 2 34 180 365 1029 2991 17662 841
Geographic/locality allowance 1016 12 390 1852 6637 19653 43668 105560 12819
Disability allowance 955 0 17 469 10211 36669 87832 181476 22537
Health and lifestyle allowance 7558 1 150 200 300 300 600 1864 307
Individual performance related allowances 305 63 464 2000 2868 3369 32977 34888 5368
Annual leave loading 23 7 96 134 134 147 1745 1912 325
TR+A (totalled allowances) 10616 0 130 250 300 837 19035 198092 4195
TR+A 28506 85881 104595 111798 116261 120633 131888 320206 117869
Table 7.9: Remuneration findings for EL 2
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Base Salary 13179 88207 109381 120147 124140 129611 139256 435780 125496
Agency superannuation contribution 13179 0 15134 17664 19459 21709 26689 62538 19947
Cost of motor vehicle 144 261 11784 11784 11784 20484 22856 26000 15271
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 173 11134 19936 23628 24920 25000 27000 38187 23975
Motor vehicle parking 741 40 1304 2460 3500 3526 8288 17656 3679
Other benefits 344 12 56 270 1153 5186 19315 41124 4400
Other supplementary payments 1673 350 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 8000 1503
Total Remuneration Package 13179 102858 125495 138459 145215 152076 167137 460780 146436
Performance bonus paid 3286 22 891 1227 2412 7867 14691 397254 5822
Retention bonus paid 111 800 1000 2000 5650 10000 18249 53000 7254
Productivity bonus 334 200 400 750 750 1000 1400 2800 838
Sign on bonus 474 300 300 650 979 1687 2000 17500 1204
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 119 318 876 2159 2431 2431 4424 8509 2431
Total Reward 13179 102858 126027 139232 146277 154250 170565 825924 148036
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 678 18 300 494 583 723 13220 48654 1986
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 190 78 500 2199 4320 8473 14610 31050 5749
Market related allowance – general 60 337 3900 6932 8000 15457 44685 57171 12951
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 35 1500 1500 3489 4337 5000 29420 119423 8607
Market related allowance - specific individual 291 53 3500 7039 10000 12552 29656 80089 12606
Superannuation allowances 67 69 87 283 2323 2323 3101 18739 1975
TR+A (annualised allowances) 1261 20 337 558 2250 9719 20621 119423 5803
Hours of duty allowances 536 7 26 378 1376 4212 9100 32808 3103
Expense allowances 793 11 54 265 523 1840 17000 20031 2277
Geographic/locality allowance 448 18 390 2294 9491 30339 62820 122166 18996
Disability allowance 360 10 146 3322 16809 47300 100500 146886 29208
Health and lifestyle allowance 3151 1 150 200 300 300 600 9750 344
Individual performance related allowances 173 203 571 2925 3650 5183 31054 38350 6481
Annual leave loading 8 68 68 129 155 167 6020 6020 874
TR+A (totalled allowances) 4727 1 132 275 300 1309 29466 167216 5226
TR+A 13179 104270 126243 140104 147324 155950 180781 825924 150466
Table 7.10: Remuneration findings for SES 1
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Base Salary 2005 125000 144200 157260 164575 174728 198947 291482 167086
Agency superannuation contribution 2005 3300 19758 24026 27141 31407 40137 67766 28103
Cost of motor vehicle 417 4318 11784 21623 23093 25880 26068 50863 21890
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 1214 1024 21163 24000 25000 26000 26068 39333 24655
Motor vehicle parking 946 40 1304 2144 3113 4055 8288 22222 3384
Other benefits 135 52 126 370 4149 13272 22336 47242 7610
Other supplementary payments 20 380 690 1690 3132 27280 37053 38675 13089
Total Remuneration Package 2005 161716 186470 204763 216936 227878 245859 377181 216909
Performance bonus paid 633 211 3072 3899 8231 14836 19890 47129 9782
Retention bonus paid 36 561 1000 1000 1000 7000 20000 30000 4959
Productivity bonus 24 200 200 400 875 1800 3200 4400 1290
Sign on bonus 12 1900 1900 1900 1900 1923 30000 30000 4266
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 7 876 876 876 876 876 876 876 876
Total Reward 2005 161716 188947 207260 219464 232215 250545 405480 220130
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 67 134 371 522 3165 26186 26186 26186 9873
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 66 19 500 2040 5276 15008 31936 40012 9859
Market related allowance – general 0 . . . . . . . .
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 0 . . . . . . . .
Market related allowance - specific individual 2 10000 10000 10000 13250 16500 16500 16500 13250
Superannuation allowances 12 158 158 623 2729 2953 3214 3214 2060
TR+A (annualised allowances) 141 118 371 780 4454 16500 28234 40012 9670
Hours of duty allowances 43 6 24 441 931 3122 5447 6411 1863
Expense allowances 176 0 91 360 931 1365 6844 24811 1548
Geographic/locality allowance 129 238 1900 20560 32198 42740 81993 159442 33263
Disability allowance 103 51 3929 21169 46439 71172 110974 177615 50138
Health and lifestyle allowance 128 88 150 229 300 300 9750 9750 1507
Individual performance related allowances 15 456 456 1902 7830 18851 26100 26100 10402
Annual leave loading 0 . . . . . . . .
TR+A (totalled allowances) 440 0 148 300 1516 24880 118263 214169 23083
TR+A 2005 164006 191154 208513 221677 236760 276625 446082 225876
Table 7.11: Remuneration findings for SES 2
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Base Salary 557 169157 184612 201753 209318 222171 251796 508142 214121
Agency superannuation contribution 557 3652 25395 31042 36190 41642 52365 85123 37042
Cost of motor vehicle 167 3325 13092 21623 25000 27226 28000 51444 23131
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 272 20000 21163 24422 26500 27226 28000 31298 25814
Motor vehicle parking 274 215 1304 2013 2460 3552 5487 15140 3023
Other benefits 44 157 232 646 8722 14892 21634 33598 9815
Other supplementary payments 3 13391 13391 13391 16227 27922 27922 27922 19180
Total Remuneration Package 557 196182 235185 258959 272316 284620 312042 533142 273070
Performance bonus paid 154 1971 3764 3764 13187 19881 29819 412242 17624
Retention bonus paid 7 1000 1000 1000 1000 12066 40275 40275 8192
Productivity bonus 4 200 200 475 750 775 800 800 625
Sign on bonus 6 1900 1900 1900 1900 1900 1900 1900 1900
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 0 . . . . . . . .
Total Reward 557 196182 237681 262125 275656 291580 314942 945384 278071
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 18 522 522 4426 26186 26186 33684 33684 18488
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 19 1576 1576 4107 6783 11495 60000 60000 10467
Market related allowance – general 1 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 1 4100 4100 4100 4100 4100 4100 4100 4100
Market related allowance - specific individual 3 10000 10000 10000 13591 31338 31338 31338 18310
Superannuation allowances 3 3775 3775 3775 4603 17305 17305 17305 8561
TR+A (annualised allowances) 43 522 750 4107 10000 26186 33684 60000 14543
Hours of duty allowances 3 26 26 26 79 4192 4192 4192 1432
Expense allowances 57 57 120 551 1003 1365 3028 18619 1444
Geographic/locality allowance 42 1200 6094 20768 34861 51901 89912 150683 41292
Disability allowance 33 3436 5420 19651 31056 38137 114794 118468 39616
Health and lifestyle allowance 34 121 150 243 300 300 9750 9750 2488
Individual performance related allowances 9 1994 1994 15660 18000 46908 46980 46980 24088
Annual leave loading 0 . . . . . . . .
TR+A (totalled allowances) 130 26 150 634 2708 36567 122248 172895 26381
TR+A 557 198647 239123 264789 279570 297477 339723 945384 285351
Table 7.12: Remuneration findings for SES 3
Employees n Min $ P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Max $ Average $
Source: 2011 APS Remuneration Report
Base Salary 133 215710 240000 260658 273383 295000 387417 532110 283161
Agency superannuation contribution 133 17895 32669 39894 48120 54086 71372 108214 49228
Cost of motor vehicle 44 15708 15708 21397 23911 28940 30000 32214 24154
Cash in lieu of motor vehicle 54 22000 23911 26914 28646 30000 31000 31000 28307
Motor vehicle parking 62 38 1300 1692 2079 3120 4502 5567 2303
Other benefits 22 26 78 862 5812 16513 20550 22219 8019
Other supplementary payments 0 . . . . . . . .
Total Remuneration Package 133 283969 300792 326225 343532 368010 464801 557110 354274
Performance bonus paid 35 3086 3764 4655 9816 27287 33131 37887 14797
Retention bonus paid 3 40 40 40 1000 50000 50000 50000 17013
Productivity bonus 0 . . . . . . . .
Sign on bonus 0 . . . . . . . .
Group or whole of agency performance bonuses and allowances 0 . . . . . . . .
Total Reward 133 283969 300792 329989 348652 373871 479068 557110 358552
Additional duties/responsibilities allowances 3 28282 28282 28282 28282 28282 28282 28282 28282
Qualifications and/or skills based allowances 3 1829 1829 1829 2633 4508 4508 4508 2990
Market related allowance – general 0 . . . . . . . .
Market related allowance - specific occupation or qualification 0 . . . . . . . .
Market related allowance - specific individual 1 56556 56556 56556 56556 56556 56556 56556 56556
Superannuation allowances 0 . . . . . . . .
TR+A (annualised allowances) 6 1829 1829 2633 28282 32790 56556 56556 25062
Hours of duty allowances 0 . . . . . . . .
Expense allowances 8 299 299 579 1034 1414 6232 6232 1573
Geographic/locality allowance 16 4433 4433 28873 42969 54289 130774 130774 45788
Disability allowance 12 12010 12010 26182 37262 47335 103882 103882 41970
Health and lifestyle allowance 5 150 150 250 300 300 300 300 260
Individual performance related allowances 0 . . . . . . . .
Annual leave loading 0 . . . . . . . .
TR+A (totalled allowances) 27 150 250 871 28000 87572 130774 156540 46301
TR+A 133 283969 301187 335912 356095 385793 482853 557110 369082

Appendixes

A.1 Methodology

All APS agencies were required to report data for all employees that were employed under s22 and s72 of the Public Service Act 1999 (PS Act) as at the 31 December 2011. Although it was collected, data on casuals (non-ongoing employed for duties that are irregular or intermittent), trainees and cadets are excluded from the findings in this report. Unless noted in the tables, ongoing and non-ongoing employees are grouped together.

To inform agencies of requirements and changes to the 2011 Remuneration Report, information sessions were conducted in mid-November in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. This provided agencies the opportunity to ask questions before the data was collected.

To ensure that the data received was accurate, data from agencies was checked by APSED staff. Any discrepancies identified were returned to agencies for correction and resubmission. At the conclusion of the cleaning process, a summary of the agency’s data was sent to an SES level employee or Director of HR who certified that their agency’s summary data was accurate. Only then was the dataset finalised.

With the APSC now undertaking the 2011 report, rather than a private contractor, there are differences in methodology in some areas—historical data in this report may not match those of past reports. The following points should be considered when comparing previous years’ reports.

Compared to previous reports, the 2011 report:

  • does not weight the population i.e. data relating to every employee was included in the overall data set.
  • splits allowances and bonuses into more detailed types.
  • calculates motor vehicle costs differently.
  • weights average change by population when grouping classifications.

This report covers most staff employed under s22(a), s22(b) and s72 of the Public Service Act 1999 as at 31 December 2011—employees on leave without pay (LWOP) are excluded. This report excludes Locally Engaged Employees under the PS Act s74, Agency Heads, and office holders whose remuneration is set by the Remuneration Tribunal. Casuals employed under the PS Act s22(c) were included in the data collection, but they are excluded from the results shown in this report.

Due to the exclusions noted above, this report should not be used to calculate past or present populations of the APS. For accurate population data, please consult the APS Statistical Bulletin, also produced by the APS Commission.

Part-time employees’ data has been changed to full-time equivalent (FTE) and, for many variables, employees who have worked only part of the year (though active as at 31 December) have had their data annualised. ThiSESres that each employee’s data has equal weighting.

Employees who started a graduate program in 2011 are shown as a ‘Graduate’, even if they had advanced to an operational classification by 31 December. For the latter employees, remuneration is at their last day as a Graduate.

The columns of the tables may not add up because TRP and TR are calculated separately for each individual employee and it is these values that determine the median. Therefore, the median TR figure will not necessarily be the sum of all median values of the components which make up TR. It will be the median value of TR for all employees.

A.2 Definitions

n

n is the number of employees.

Average

The average is calculated by summing all values and dividing by the total number of values. This is also known as arithmetical average and mean.

The following statistical terms are determined by ordering the data values in ascending order:

Median

The median value is the midpoint of all values. It is the point for which 50% of values fall below and 50% of values fall above.

Q1

The first quartile (Q1) is the point for which 25% of values fall below and 75% of values fall above.

Q3

The third quartile (Q3) is the point for which 75% of values fall below and 25% of values fall above.

P5

The 5th percentile (P5) is determined by dividing the distribution of values into 100 equal parts and then identifying the point where 5% of the values falls below and 95% of values fall above.

P95

The 95th percentile (P95) is determined by dividing the distribution of values into 100 equal parts and then identifying the point where 95% of the values falls below and 5% of values fall above.

Example: values ranging from 1 to 20 inclusive

The tables in this report were prepared using SAS. There are many methods used to determine the median, quartiles and percentiles. Where a data point falls between two values, the method used in this report takes the mean of those two values.

Base Salary

Base Salary describes the full-time equivalent annualised salary paid to an employee. It includes salary sacrifice amounts (including pre-tax employee superannuation contributions made by salary sacrifice) and excludes bonuses and other benefits.

Total Remuneration Package (TRP)

TRP is defined as being Base Salary plus the value of any benefits including superannuation and motor vehicles.

TRP = Base Salary + Agency superannuation contribution + Motor vehicle cost/EVS + Cash in lieu of motor vehicle + Motor vehicle parking + Other benefits + Other supplementary payments not otherwise described

Total Reward (TR)

TR is defined as being TRP plus bonuses.

TR = TRP + Actual performance bonus paid in previous 12 months + Actual retention bonus payments paid in previous 12 months + Productivity bonus + Sign on bonuses + Group or whole of agency performance bonus and allowances

Total Rewards plus Allowances (TR+A)

TR+A is defined as being TR plus allowances.

TR+A = TR + Additional duties/responsibilities allowances + Qualifications and/or skills based allowances + Market related allowances + Superannuation allowances + Hours of duty allowances + Expense allowances + Geographic/locality allowances + Disability allowances + Health and lifestyle allowances + Individual performance related allowances + Annual leave loading

How to read a box plot:

The size of the squares in relation to each other also reveals how evenly distributed the data values are. For example, in the plot above, the lower two squares (P5 to Median) are shorter than the two above (Median to P95). This indicates that there is a smaller range in values for the bottom 45% compared to the top 45%.

A.3 APS agencies

  • Aboriginal HoSESLimited ^
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Attorney General’s Department
  • AUSAID
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Australian Communications and Media Authority
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Australian Crime Commission
  • Australian Customs & Border Protection Service ^
  • Australian Electoral Commission
  • Australian Fisheries Management Authority
  • Australian Human Rights Commission ^
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies *
  • Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • Australian Law Reform Commission
  • Australian National Audit Office
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Australian National Preventive Health Agency *
  • Australian Office of Financial Management #
  • Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant Authority
  • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority ^
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • Australian Radiation Protection & Nuclear Safety Agency
  • Australian Research Council
  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Australian Skills Quality Authority *
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
  • Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre *
  • Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  • Australian War Memorial
  • Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy
  • Bureau of Meteorology +
  • Cancer Australia *
  • Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
  • Comcare
  • Commonwealth Grants Commission * #
  • Commonwealth Superannuation Administration (ComSuper) *
  • Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee
  • CrimTrac
  • Defence *
  • Defence Housing Australia ^
  • Education Employment and Workplace Relations ^
  • Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency
  • Fair Work Australia
  • Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs *

    Note: Social Security Appeals Tribunal received a pay increase
  • Family Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Federal Magistrates Court
  • Finance and Deregulation
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Future Fund Management Agency *
  • Geoscience Australia #
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Health and Ageing
  • Human Services
  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
  • Infrastructure and Transport
  • Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
  • Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia
  • IP Australia #
  • Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal *
  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • National Archives of Australia
  • National Blood Authority
  • National Capital Authority
  • National Competition Council
  • National Film and Sound Archive
  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • National Library of Australia
  • National Museum of Australia *
  • National Native Title Tribunal
  • Nat. Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Mgmnt Authority *
  • National Water Commission
  • Office of National ASESents
  • Office of Parliamentary Counsel
  • Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commission
  • Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
  • Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman
  • Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Office of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security
  • Office of the Inspector-General of Taxation
  • Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator
  • Old Parliament House
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Private Health Insurance Ombudsman
  • Productivity Commission
  • Professional Services Review
  • Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government
  • Resources, Energy and Tourism
  • Royal Australian Mint
  • Safe Work Australia *
  • Screen Australia
  • Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
  • Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency
  • Torres Strait Regional Authority
  • Treasury
  • Veterans’ Affairs ^
  • Wheat Export Australia

# Not an agency under the PS Act - but separate data was submitted.

* Agencies who did not received a general pay increase in 2011.

^ Agencies who received a general pay increase in 2011 from an expiring agreement, not a new agreement negotiated in 2011.

+ Agencies who received two general pay increases in 2011. One from an expiring agreement as well as an increase from a new agreement negotiated in 2011.

Table A.1: General pay increase
Number of employees n Percentage of total APS employees %
Total who did not receive a general pay increase 26919 16.43
Total who did receive a general pay increase 136953 83.57
Total staff 163872 100.00

[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012, Labour Price Index, Australia, Dec 2011, Cat. No. 6345.0, viewed 2 May 2012, <http//abs.gov.au>

[2] Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining September Quarter 2011, viewed 27 April 2012, <deewr.gov.au/workplacerelations>