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2011 Remuneration report summary

This is not the latest report. Go to our Remuneration reports page for the most recent publication.

About the report

A review of APS remuneration data is conducted annually as at 31 December each year. For 2011, this review was conducted by the Australian Public Service Commission.

The 2011 APS Remuneration Report captured remuneration data from all APS agencies covering 155,128 employees.

Each agency receives two separate reports:

  • The 2011 APS Remuneration Report; and
  • a confidential, Individual Agency Report that compares their agency's specific remuneration findings with APS-wide data.

The 2011 APS Remuneration Report is available on the APSC website. It combines both the SES and non-SES information into a single report, and not in two separate reports as done in previous years. A broader market comparison report has not been produced this year.

Data in the reports is provided for the following key remuneration components:

  • Base Salary;
  • Total Remuneration Package (TRP), including base salary plus: superannuation; motor vehicles; and other benefits (including Fringe Benefits Tax where applicable); and
  • Total Reward (TR), including TRP plus: performance bonuses; retention bonuses; and other bonuses.

Key findings

A summary for the 2011 Report is detailed below. Key findings include:

  • Base salaries increased by 2.4% for non-SES and 4.1% for SES
  • TRP increased by 2.7% for non-SES and 3.3% for SES
  • TR increased by 3.0% for non-SES and 3.1% for SES

While the SES base salary increase of 4.1% is higher than the non-SES outcomes, the TRP and TR figures (3.3% and 3.1%) suggests that a portion of the base salary increase is due to repackaging. The proportion of the SES who received a performance bonus has reduced compared with 2010 figures.

Comparing across the last 10 years, 2010 and 2011 have experienced the lowest increases in median Base Salary at the all-of-APS level: 3.8% in 2010 and 2.5% in 2011. 

Median Base Salary Movement
  2009 2010 2011
Non-SES 6.4% 3.7% 2.4%
SES 6.2% 5.6% 4.1%
Median Total Remuneration Package (TRP) movement:
  2009 2010 2011
Non-SES 6.1% 3.6% 2.7%
SES 2.9% 3.3% 3.3%
Median Total Reward (TR) movement:
  2009 2010 2011
Non-SES 5.0% 3.7% 3.0%
SES 2.6% 2.2% 3.1%

Please note that the APSC has used population weightings by classification to calculate the above figures which is a different methodology to previous years. As a result some of the figures will differ slightly from previous remuneration reports.

Non-SES: Base salary median movements for Non-SES
Band Median Base Salary
2010 2011

% Movement

Graduate $53,040



APS 1 $41,148



APS 2 $49,233



APS 3 $54,577



APS 4 $61,299



APS 5 $67,017



APS 6 $77,824



EL 1 $97,275



EL 2 $120,840



  • The report shows that wage increases have been generally been more modest in 2011 compared to 2010.
  • APS Graduate remuneration saw the greatest increase in Base Salary compared with all other classification levels with a 4% increase.
  • The APS 1 classification showed no change in median Base Salary. This has been influenced by over 50% of this workforce commencing working in the APS in 2011 and hence starting at the bottom of the salary range. This kept the median steady.
  • 99.7% or 153,788 of non-SES employees had their terms and conditions set out under an enterprise agreement. The remaining non-SES employees were covered by either an AWA (174), a Public Service Act Determination (170) or a common law arrangement (145).
SES: Base salary median movements for SES
Band Median Base Salary
2010 2011 % Movement
SES 1 $158,277 $164,575 4.0
SES 2 $200,726 $209,318 4.3
SES 3 $261,910 $273,383 4.4
  • The reduction in median TRP movement and median TR movement compared with median Base Salary movement suggests that agencies are tending to roll-in benefits and bonus items into Base Salary.
  • While only 6.4% of the APS are members of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme, they 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.
  • The majority of SES have their remuneration set under a Public Service Act 24(1) determination. Approximately 12% of SES still have their terms and conditions set by an AWA.
Last reviewed: 
29 March 2018