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4. Payments in addition to key remuneration components

The following section provides information on payments that are not discussed in the preceding sections on Base Salary, Total Remuneration Package or Total Reward. They are reflective of situations outside the standard parameters and include remuneration data for taking on higher or additional duties
and payments specific for geographical locations and particular hardship.

4.1 Acting classification

The data on acting classification salary is a snapshot of employees on duties at a higher or lower classification group for a consecutive period of 90 days or more as at 31 December 2014. That is, the employee had been performing acting duties ongoing since at least 3 October 2014.

Acting classification salary has not been included in any of the key remuneration component reporting. Note: acting duties may be performed with payment for shorter periods, but this information has not been collected.

There were 12,096 employees, or 8.7% of the workforce, reported to be acting on temporary assignment to a different classification level and had been performing the acting duties for at least 3 months or more. This has increased from 2013 when 9,354 employees, or 6.2% of the workforce, were reported
to be acting on temporary assignment to a different classification level.

The values shown in Table 4.1 are the salaries paid to employees undertaking acting duties. The median values, when compared with the Base Salary (see Table 2.1) shows that the acting salaries tend to be between the 5th percentile and Q1 values. It demonstrates that employees undertaking higher duties tend to receive salaries at or near the bottom of the higher classification salary range, as would generally be expected.

Table 4.2 shows the number of APS employees who were performing acting duties by the acting level and their substantive classification. This table also provides data on employees on temporary assignment at a lower classification level to their base classification.

Table 4.1: Acting classification salary by acting classification
Acting classification Employees at level n Employees acting n Employees acting % P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Average $

Source: 2014 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 to a higher or lower classification group for a continuous period of 90 days or more on/or crossing 31 December 2014 (i.e. since October 3). This table includes data
on employees acting more than one classification above or below their base classification (for further detail see Table 4.2). The values of acting classification salary are all annualised values.

Graduate 1,160 0 0.0 . . . . . .
APS 1 918 0 0.0 . . . . . .
APS 2 3,200 20 0.6 48,173 49,321 50,892 52,291 54,237 50,930
APS 3 15,871 250 1.6 54,868 56,069 57,965 59,274 61,970 57,959
APS 4 28,323 1,095 3.9 61,288 62,912 64,605 66,904 70,144 65,016
APS 5 19,964 2,725 13.6 67,190 69,395 71,616 74,123 75,208 71,594
APS 6 30,447 3,674 12.1 74,610 77,154 79,276 83,294 87,906 80,155
EL 1 25,402 2,761 10.9 92,801 96,084 99,158 103,393 107,260 99,659
EL 2 11,706 1,262 10.8 111,559 113,464 118,758 124,092 132,809 119,662
SES 1 1,794 248 13.8 147,661 151,665 161,096 164,497 205,121 164,474
SES 2 503 54 10.7 184,037 201,000 209,694 224,071 244,078 211,405
SES 3 109 7 6.4 235,898 253,133 268,810 301,399 301,399 273,493
Total 139,397 12,096 8.7  
Table 4.2: Base classification by acting 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: 2014 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 to a higher or lower classification group for a continuous period of 90 days or more on/or crossing 31 December 2014 (i.e. since October 3).

Graduate . . . . . . . . . . . .
APS 1 . . . . . . . . . . . .
APS 2 . 20 . . . . . . . . . .
APS 3 . 37 207 . 4 . 2 . . . . .
APS 4 . 27 149 889 . 28 2 . . . . .
APS 5 4 9 32 547 2,127 . 5 1 . . . .
APS 6 10 1 10 110 1,101 2,392 . 50 . . . .
EL 1 . . 1 4 55 181 2,493 . 27 . . .
EL 2 . . . . 1 4 40 1,215 . 1 1 .
SES 1 . . . . . . . 3 243 . 2 .
SES 2 . . . . . . . . 3 50 . 1
SES 3 . . . . . . . . . . 7 .

4.2 Geographic/locality allowance

Table 4.3 provides data for a cluster of allowances which relate to a particular locality or geographical region. These are variously described across agency enterprise agreements. Examples of such allowances include: disturbance allowance, district allowance, remote localities assistance, leave fare
and overseas allowance. It excludes disability related allowances such as location-specific hardship allowances: see Section 4.3.

For all classifications, 6.8% of APS employees received a geographic or locality allowance in 2014; 9.2% of the SES workforce and 6.8% of the non-SES workforce.

From Table 4.3 the classifications with the highest proportion of employees receiving a geographic/locality allowance in 2014 were the Graduate and APS 3 classifications. This is consistent with 2012 and 2013 findings. The APS 4 and APS 6 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. The SES 3 classification had the highest median. This is consistent with the 2013 findings.

The median and average amounts paid in geographic/locality allowances decreased for 4 of the classifications from 2013 to 2014.

Table 4.3: Geographic/locality allowance by classification
Classification Total employees n Employees with allowance n Proportion who received allowance % P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Average $

Source: 2014 APS Remuneration Report

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

Graduate 1,160 215 18.5 202 500 541 1,108 4,870 1,203
APS 1 918 77 8.4 698 1,354 5,983 9,676 17,526 5,975
APS 2 3,200 236 7.4 658 1,171 2,712 5,108 15,293 4,626
APS 3 15,871 2,524 15.9 521 1,030 1,101 1,659 10,044 2,577
APS 4 28,323 1,250 4.4 210 731 1,162 4,343 10,247 3,092
APS 5 19,964 1,813 9.1 421 1,037 1,659 5,094 20,215 4,704
APS 6 30,447 1,386 4.6 422 966 1,766 6,178 22,002 5,680
EL 1 25,402 1,194 4.7 521 1,659 6,963 22,936 49,269 14,607
EL 2 11,706 591 5.0 529 2,600 15,473 38,861 75,673 24,151
SES 1 1,794 173 9.6 1,108 16,211 38,431 60,287 102,967 41,661
SES 2 503 37 7.4 858 22,606 49,121 65,989 111,526 47,148
SES 3 109 11 10.1 6,722 41,014 66,190 73,723 112,994 58,905
Total 139,397 9,507 6.8  

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 Australia 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 and certification of dangerous goods, marine crew accommodation, self-contained breathing apparatus, Southern Ocean operations training and working conditions allowances.

In 2014, 3.6% of APS employees received a disability allowance.

Table 4.4 shows that non-SES classifications have lower proportions of employees in receipt of disability allowances compared to SES. Excluding APS 3, the proportion of employees in non-SES classifications that received such an allowance ranged from 1.2% of APS 2 employees to 4.7% of the APS 5 workforce.
In contrast, the SES levels ranged from 6.1% of SES 1 employees to 9.2% of the SES 3 workforce.

The lowest median disability allowance was $272 at the Graduate classification. The highest median disability allowance of $43,395 was at the SES 3 classification.

Particular hardship locations, including overseas, have contributed significantly to the amounts paid.

Table 4.4: Disability allowance by classification
Classification Total employees n Employees with allowance n Proportion who received allowance % P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Average $

Source: 2014 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, inspection and certification of dangerous goods, magazine (ammunition), marine crew accommodation, multiple division site, self-contained breathing
apparatus, site, sleepover, Southern Ocean deployability, Southern Ocean operations training, spray equipment operation, task loading, wharf allowance, and working conditions allowances.

Graduate 1,160 45 3.9 7 158 272 3,267 8,595 1,814
APS 1 918 21 2.3 67 485 1,565 2,691 2,952 1,595
APS 2 3,200 38 1.2 111 1,765 2,435 2,712 11,250 3,225
APS 3 15,871 992 6.3 20 440 1,159 17,462 44,784 11,260
APS 4 28,323 626 2.2 14 90 700 3,204 17,074 3,907
APS 5 19,964 934 4.7 23 432 2,978 19,014 53,323 13,792
APS 6 30,447 986 3.2 16 144 2,048 13,428 56,023 11,098
EL 1 25,402 877 3.5 36 2,382 12,791 30,466 73,314 21,536
EL 2 11,706 397 3.4 288 4,390 16,583 32,997 87,985 26,391
SES 1 1,794 109 6.1 1,478 26,858 38,282 82,691 108,371 54,831
SES 2 503 31 6.2 1,683 25,428 38,166 46,237 100,913 41,830
SES 3 109 10 9.2 6,778 30,056 43,395 49,178 120,331 49,740
Total 139,397 5,066 3.6  

4.4 Additional duties/responsibilities allowance

The additional duties/responsibility allowances include, but are not limited to, First Aid Officer, Fire Warden and Workplace Health & Safety Officer allowances. Additional duties data does not include higher duties or partial higher duties. For information on higher duties, see Section 4.1.

The classifications which tend to have additional duties that attract an allowance are at the APS 5, APS 3 and APS 6 levels, in order of the classification with the highest proportion of employees who received such an allowance. The non-SES classifications with the lowest proportion of employees who
received additional duties allowance in 2014 were the Graduate and EL 2 classifications.

The proportion of the whole workforce that received an additional duties allowance in 2014 has decreased from 8.8% to 7.7%.

The additional duties at the SES classifications are a reflection of the need in some agencies for SES level employees to be available at all times to take on additional duties at times of crisis. This is more likely to occur in agencies with a presence overseas.

The median amounts paid were generally consistent across all non-SES classifications. This may be a reflection of enterprise agreement provisions providing allowances of similar value for the additional duties, based on the duty not the classifications. 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 amount compared to Use of Force allowance. However First Aid Officer and Fire Warden duties are more numerous and hence represent the values at P5, Q1, median and Q3 in Table
4.5.

Overall, the average amounts paid reduced slightly in 2014 when compared with 2013.

Table 4.5: Additional Duties/Responsibilities allowance by classification
Classification Total employees  n Proportion who received allowance % P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Average $

Source: 2014 APS Remuneration Report

Note: Examples of an additional duties/responsibilities allowance includes, but is not limited to: first aid, warden, supervisory, Fire Warden, Occupational Health and Safety Representative, patent examiner translation, special duties, use of force, Workplace Harassment Contact Officer, workplace responsibility,
workplace support allowance.

Graduate 1,160 0.5 67 277 468 613 780 446
APS 1 918 7.0 364 508 520 1,068 3,900 1,002
APS 2 3,200 8.2 352 520 576 704 3,900 965
APS 3 15,871 9.5 333 537 623 2,950 2,950 1,384
APS 4 28,323 5.3 333 364 594 702 1,264 646
APS 5 19,964 10.6 333 522 613 729 2,950 860
APS 6 30,447 9.0 333 511 605 719 1,881 804
EL 1 25,402 7.8 333 496 576 691 1,539 890
EL 2 11,706 5.4 360 522 652 2,680 13,635 3,047
SES 1 1,794 1.8 240 713 3,444 11,186 25,456 6,550
SES 2 503 2.6 245 2,229 5,034 18,046 44,692 13,327
SES 3 109 0.0 . . . . . .
Total 139,397 7.8