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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 2012. That is, the employee had been performing acting duties ongoing since at least 3 October 2012.

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

There were 10,188 employees, or 6.6% 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 reduced from 2011 when 12,368 employees, or 7.9% 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 Table 2.1 shows that the acting salaries tend to be between the minimum and Q1 values. It demonstrates that employees undertaking higher duties tend to received salaries at or near the bottom of the higher classification salary range.

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: 2012 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 2012(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 1649 0 0.0 . . . . . .
APS 1 1197 0 0.0 . . . . . .
APS 2 3731 27 0.7 47814 47884 49140 52622 53752 50077
APS 3 18743 226 1.2 52968 54463 55459 57727 60220 55997
APS 4 30279 1015 3.4 59035 60811 62346 64703 67222 62675
APS 5 21268 2318 10.9 65665 67668 69496 71248 73017 69333
APS 6 32527 2887 8.9 72864 74906 76987 78810 84743 77231
EL 1 28355 2294 8.1 90981 93516 95774 99672 104960 96480
EL 2 13146 1138 8.7 108118 110414 113508 120234 128307 115843
SES 1 2022 223 11.0 140853 148227 154900 164575 201102 160769
SES 2 579 51 8.8 173136 189902 200781 210190 226900 199342
SES 3 126 9 7.1 222181 263647 263647 268478 294048 259346
Total 153622 10188 6.6
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: 2012 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 2012(i.e. since October 3).

Graduate . . . . . . . . . . . .
APS 1 . . . . . . . . . . . .
APS 2 . 23 . 1 2 . 1 . . . . .
APS 3 1 36 185 . 3 . 1 . . . . .
APS 4 1 23 116 864 . 10 1 . . . . .
APS 5 7 1 20 431 1850 . 7 2 . . . .
APS 6 5 . 6 86 849 1933 . 8 . . . .
EL 1 . . . . 28 125 2135 . 6 . . .
EL 2 . . . . . 3 26 1105 . 3 1 .
SES 1 . . . . . . . . 221 . 2 .
SES 2 . . . . . . . . 6 45 . .
SES 3 . . . . . . . . . . 9 .

4.2 Geographic/locality allowance

Table 4.3 provides data for a cluster of allowances, variously described across agency enterprise agreements, which relate to a particular locality or geographical region. 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, 6.6% of APS employees received a geographic or locality allowance in 2012; 8.1% of the SES workforce and 6.5% of the non-SES workforce.

From Table 4.3 the classifications with the highest proportion of employees receiving a geographic/locality allowance in 2012 were the Graduate and APS 3 classifications. The EL 2 and EL 1 classifications had the lowest proportion of employees in receipt of geographic/locality allowances.

The Graduate, APS 3, 4 and 5 classifications had the lowest median of allowances received, with the SES classification the highest medians.

Compared with 2011 figures, the median amount paid in geographic/locality allowances decreased for 8 of the classifications, as did the average payment.

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: 2012 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 1649 312 18.9 242 519 778 1306 5000 1675
APS 1 1197 69 5.8 501 1354 4906 9577 16685 5791
APS 2 3731 257 6.9 658 1313 3390 5499 14471 4775
APS 3 18743 2665 14.2 498 996 1261 2215 12100 3028
APS 4 30279 1492 4.9 178 853 1707 5569 12568 3683
APS 5 21268 1867 8.8 358 1097 1596 5627 17879 4759
APS 6 32527 1449 4.5 422 1196 2084 6711 21616 5637
EL 1 28355 1213 4.3 350 1489 5836 16462 42177 11682
EL 2 13146 558 4.2 461 1865 9185 31764 63634 18554
SES 1 2022 163 8.1 1894 10428 29710 46861 83777 33101
SES 2 579 47 8.1 2744 18900 31663 53063 104519 41269
SES 3 126 12 9.5 1409 7273 47214 53925 120882 39910
Total 153622 10104 6.6

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 certifying dangerous goods, marine crew accommodation, self-contained breathing apparatus, south ocean operations training and working conditions allowances.

For all classifications 3.7% of APS employees received a disability allowance in 2012.

Table 4.4 shows that non-SES classifications have lower proportions of employees in receipt of disability allowances compared to SES. The proportion of employees in non-SES classifications that received such an allowance ranged from 1.0% for APS 1 to 5.4% for APS 5 classification. In contrast, the SES levels ranged from 5.9% of SES 1 employees to 7.9% of the SES 3 workforce.

The Graduate and APS 4 levels received the lowest median disability allowance of $530. The highest median disability allowance of $44,841 was at the SES 1 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: 2012 APS Remuneration Report

Note: Examples of disability allowances includes but is not limited to: site, hardship: Antarctic, attraction , 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, spray equipment operation, task loading, wharf allowance, working conditions allowances.

Graduate 1649 59 3.6 14 96 530 530 14923 1564
APS 1 1197 12 1.0 10 113 1063 2612 2850 1314
APS 2 3731 61 1.6 215 1277 2022 2620 10600 3680
APS 3 18743 833 4.4 43 290 1748 19393 47525 11403
APS 4 30279 874 2.9 17 115 530 3231 20127 3798
APS 5 21268 1151 5.4 29 283 2612 13951 50828 11977
APS 6 32527 1224 3.8 17 221 2546 12393 58047 12138
EL 1 28355 935 3.3 22 741 10406 40561 104187 26070
EL 2 13146 353 2.7 311 4983 19060 55468 116993 35491
SES 1 2022 120 5.9 2345 22857 44841 76718 116672 52997
SES 2 579 36 6.2 2613 15737 34800 44342 117157 40376
SES 3 126 10 7.9 1228 7336 40985 42445 76521 32852
Total 153622 5668 3.7

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.

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 6 and APS 3 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 2012 were the Graduate and EL 2 classifications.

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 time, to take on additional duties at times of crisis. This is more likely to occur in agencies with a presence overseas.

The median amounts 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.

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 $

Source: 2012 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 1649 18 1.1 333 572 594 725 725 601
APS 1 1197 90 7.5 353 520 520 607 1881 846
APS 2 3731 305 8.2 344 496 576 681 1881 816
APS 3 18743 1745 9.3 333 537 604 1500 2892 1203
APS 4 30279 2702 8.9 304 522 605 624 948 674
APS 5 21268 2437 11.5 333 522 601 725 2892 877
APS 6 32527 3217 9.9 333 496 592 685 1304 805
EL 1 28355 2301 8.1 344 504 592 676 1040 1010
EL 2 13146 665 5.1 353 547 607 750 15450 2629
SES 1 2022 55 2.7 522 572 3293 26186 26186 11037
SES 2 579 19 3.3 522 4149 16836 26186 28992 15955
SES 3 126 3 2.4 717 717 28282 28282 28282 19094
Total 153622 13557 8.8