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Appendix 1: Methodology

All APS agencies were required to report data for all employees that were employed under s22(a), s22(b) and s72 of the Public Service Act 1999 (PS Act) as at 31 December 2016. This report excludes: casual employees under s22(2)(c) and Locally Engaged Employees under s74 of the PS Act, employees on leave without pay and employees at the Trainee/Cadet classification. Agency Heads, and public office holders are also excluded as their remuneration is set by the Remuneration Tribunal.

The data received from agencies was checked by the APSC to ensure accuracy. Any discrepancies identified were returned to agencies for correction and resubmission. At the conclusion of the data cleaning process, the agency's data was sent to back to the agency for sign off.

The data for part-time employees 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. This ensures that each employee's data has equal weighting.

Employees who were in a graduate program in 2016 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.

Some columns in the tables may not add up because Total Remuneration Package (TRP) and Total Reward (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.

Figures have been rounded to the nearest dollar. As a result, there may be some min values of 0 in Section 7: Remuneration Findings by Classification. A period represents no data for that particular field.

Data values published in the 2015 APS Remuneration Report have had a small revision and the revised values have been incorporated into this Report. As a result, a very small number of values as at December 2015 will not match across the published 2015 and the 2016 Reports.

Data in this report should not be used to calculate past or present populations of the APS. For accurate population data as at December 2016, please refer to the December Statistical Bulletin 2016 available on the APSC website here: http://www.apsc.gov.au/about-the-apsc/parliamentary/aps-statistical-bulletin/december-2016.