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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 for taking on higher or additional duties and payments specific to geographical locations and particular hardship.

4.1 Acting classification

Acting classification salary has not been included in any of the key remuneration component reporting.

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 2015. That is, the employee had been performing acting duties ongoing since at least 3 October 2015. Acting duties may be performed with payment for shorter periods, but this information has not been collected.

There were 12,487 employees, or 9.0% of the workforce, on temporary assignment to a different classification level and had been performing the acting duties for at least 90 days. This has increased from 2014 when 12,096 employees, or 8.7% of the workforce, were 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 acting at a different classification tend to receive salaries at or near the bottom of the temporary 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 includes 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 $
Graduate 1,159 0 0.0 . . . . . .
APS 1 804 3 0.4 48,533 48,533 48,533 48,533 48,533 48,533
APS 2 3,265 17 0.5 47,097 47,097 49,321 52,052 56,435 50,330
APS 3 15,493 302 1.9 54,569 56,069 57,965 59,640 62,560 58,157
APS 4 29,181 1,050 3.6 60,452 63,236 64,605 66,904 70,144 65,041
APS 5 19,835 2,885 14.5 67,638 69,699 71,863 73,652 75,252 71,650
APS 6 30,673 3,792 12.4 74,321 77,154 79,276 84,309 88,197 80,530
EL 1 24,782 2,834 11.4 92,801 96,084 99,158 103,630 108,796 99,958
EL 2 11,335 1,309 11.5 109,959 113,426 119,588 124,143 132,809 119,790
SES 1 1,897 248 13.1 146,761 154,194 162,000 175,298 209,300 168,740
SES 2 528 41 7.8 184,037 196,648 210,000 225,786 256,701 212,534
SES 3 113 6 5.3 245,309 253,240 271,669 300,000 312,971 275,810
Total 139,065 12,487 9.0  
Table 4.2: Acting classification by base classification
Acting classification Base classification
Graduate n APS 1 n APS 2 n APS 3 n APS 4 n APS 5 n APS 6 n EL 1 n EL 2 n SES 1 n SES 2 n SES 3 n
Graduate . . . . . . . . . . . .
APS 1 . . . 1 2 . . . . . . .
APS 2 . 17 . . . . . . . . . .
APS 3 . 52 239 . 3 4 3 1 . . . .
APS 4 . 29 140 876 . 4 1 . . . . .
APS 5 6 10 35 638 2,194 . 2 . . . . .
APS 6 7 2 7 146 1,351 2,226 . 53 . . . .
EL 1 . . . 5 89 229 2,487 . 24 . . .
EL 2 . . . 1 2 3 70 1,231 . 2 . .
SES 1 . . . . . . . 2 245 . 1 .
SES 2 . . . . . . . . 4 35 1 1
SES 3 . . . . . . . . . . 6 .

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, but are not limited to: disturbance allowance, district allowance, remote localities assistance, leave fare and overseas allowance. It excludes disability related allowances such as location-specific hardship allowances.

In 2015, 6.8% of APS employees received a geographic or locality allowance in 2015; 10.7% of the SES workforce and 6.7% of the non-SES workforce.

Table 4.3 shows the classifications with the highest proportion of employees receiving a geographic/locality allowance in 2015 were the Graduate and APS 3 classifications. This is consistent with 2013 and 2014 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 2014 findings.

The average amounts paid in geographic/locality allowances increased for all of the classifications from 2014 to 2015.

Over the last 5 years, the proportion of the APS workforce in receipt of a geographic/locality allowance has ranged from 5.9% in 2011 to 6.8% in both 2014 and 2015.

Figure 4.1: Proportion of employees receiving a geographic/locality allowance, 2011 to 2015

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 $
Graduate 1,159 186 16.0 303 541 553 1,158 6,160 1,237
APS 1 804 67 8.3 551 1,967 9,212 13,461 32,659 10,581
APS 2 3,265 190 5.8 658 1,623 3,390 6,855 18,446 5,779
APS 3 15,493 2,358 15.2 537 1,101 1,342 2,102 13,332 3,317
APS 4 29,181 1,267 4.3 212 1,013 1,967 6,105 14,810 4,348
APS 5 19,835 1,818 9.2 553 1,254 1,727 7,551 25,248 6,155
APS 6 30,673 1,430 4.7 340 1,265 2,724 9,014 38,068 8,879
EL 1 24,782 1,202 4.9 658 2,402 11,246 37,001 95,372 25,043
EL 2 11,335 615 5.4 731 4,685 24,124 58,813 112,275 37,399
SES 1 1,897 213 11.2 1,086 6,616 36,699 68,303 120,467 46,548
SES 2 528 48 9.1 2,684 11,991 53,021 69,410 125,375 51,056
SES 3 113 11 9.7 2,786 11,478 68,658 80,373 182,334 59,504
Total 139,065 9,405 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 2015, 3.9% of APS employees received a disability allowance; 6.4% of the SES workforce, and 3.8% of the non-SES workforce.

Table 4.4 shows that non-SES classifications generally have lower proportions of employees in receipt of disability allowances compared to SES. Of the non-SES classifications, APS 3 employees had the highest proportion of 7.1% receiving a disability allowance. The rest of the non-SES classifications had 1.7% to 5.5% of employees receive a disability allowance. In contrast, the SES levels ranged from 6.2% of SES 1 employees to 8.8% of the SES 3 workforce.

The lowest median disability allowance was $279 at the Graduate classification. The highest median disability allowance of $46,899 was at the SES 1 classification.

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

Figure 4.2 shows that the 3.9% of employees received a disability allowance in 2015, up from 3.6% in 2014. Prior to this, the proportion of employees receiving a disability had steadily increased from 3.3% in 2011 to 3.8% in 2013.

Figure 4.2: Proportion of employees receiving a disability allowance, 2011 to 2015

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 $
Graduate 1,159 32 2.8 11 33 279 5,864 25,306 4,434
APS 1 804 44 5.5 14 287 1,271 2,305 2,712 1,330
APS 2 3,265 57 1.7 244 1,495 2,134 3,396 21,461 4,290
APS 3 15,493 1,095 7.1 27 573 1,264 18,214 46,820 11,726
APS 4 29,181 677 2.3 7 41 320 2,676 11,810 2,845
APS 5 19,835 1,023 5.2 13 291 3,765 17,293 56,155 14,783
APS 6 30,673 981 3.2 14 128 2,736 13,880 66,123 13,762
EL 1 24,782 920 3.7 28 1,625 11,633 42,180 87,700 25,158
EL 2 11,335 416 3.7 158 5,079 20,636 56,488 101,968 33,429
SES 1 1,897 117 6.2 1,431 29,511 46,899 89,012 115,896 57,716
SES 2 528 35 6.6 4,233 29,466 41,718 81,645 111,059 51,724
SES 3 113 10 8.8 64 13,969 42,600 49,232 125,803 41,127
Total 139,065 5,407 3.9  

4.4 Additional Duties/Responsibilities Allowance

The additional duties/responsibility allowances reflect additional duties or responsibilities that an employee is required to, or has volunteered to take on. These allowances include, but are not limited to: First Aid Officer, Fire Warden, Use of Force and Workplace Health & Safety Officer allowances. Additional duties data does not include higher duties. For information on higher duties, see Section 4.1: Acting Classification.

The classifications with the highest proportions of employees who received an additional duties allowance are the APS 5, APS 3 and APS 6 levels. The non-SES classifications with the lowest proportion of employees who received additional duties allowance in 2015 were the Graduate and EL 2 classifications.

The proportion of the whole workforce that received an additional duties allowance has increased from 7.7% in 2014 to 9.2% in 2015.

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 a Use of Force allowance.

Figure 4.3 shows the proportion of employees receiving an additional duties/responsibilities allowance in the past 5 years has generally been around 8.8% to 9.2%, with the exception of 2014 where 7.8% of employees received this allowance.

Figure 4.3: Proportion of employees receiving an additional duties/responsibilities allowance, 2011 to 2015

 

Table 4.5: Additional duties/responsibilities allowance by classification
Classification Total employees n Employees with allowance n Proportion who received allowance % P5 $ Q1 $ Median $ Q3 $ P95 $ Average $
Graduate 1,159 12 1.0 225 433 574 613 676 525
APS 1 804 58 7.2 351 364 520 576 1,040 541
APS 2 3,265 238 7.3 351 392 576 669 2,000 707
APS 3 15,493 1,731 11.2 329 364 613 2,950 2,950 1,202
APS 4 29,181 2,559 8.8 314 451 613 652 977 651
APS 5 19,835 2,455 12.4 314 364 594 702 2,950 848
APS 6 30,673 3,014 9.8 324 416 613 691 2,369 775
EL 1 24,782 1,999 8.1 333 496 605 691 1,912 873
EL 2 11,335 684 6.0 364 548 652 1,561 13,729 2,309
SES 1 1,897 63 3.3 522 2,635 6,000 12,000 29,712 9,066
SES 2 528 20 3.8 375 3,476 11,619 19,023 44,846 14,103
SES 3 113 4 3.5 3,346 6,173 17,707 62,577 98,741 34,375
Total 139,065 12,837 9.2