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Chapter 4: Total Remuneration Package

Total Remuneration Package (TRP) covers Base Salary plus benefits. It excludes bonuses and shift and overtime payments, which are included in Total Reward (TR).

TRP includes Base Salary plus:

  • employer superannuation contribution
  • motor vehicle cost/Executive Vehicle Scheme or cash in lieu of motor vehicle
  • motor vehicle parking
  • any other benefits and supplementary payments.

Superannuation is the main component captured in TRP above Base Salary.

The overall movement in median TRP across all classifications from 2016 to 2017 was an increase of 2.8%. This ranged from 1.4% at the APS 3 level to 3.0% for APS 2 employees (Table 4.1). Accounting for employee numbers at each level, the weighted TRP median increased by 2.3% for non-SES employees and 1.9% for SES (see Appendix A3: Table 1b).

Table 4.1: Total Remuneration Package by classification, 2016 and 2017
  TRP P5 TRP Q1 TRP median % Change TRP Q3 TRP P95
Classification 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017   2016 2017 2016 2017
 Grad 65,218 66,646 68,817 70,471 72,974 74,689 2.3% 73,806 75,479 78,808 81,801
APS 1 45,586 46,527 49,919 51,367 55,371 56,275 1.6% 57,997 58,760 60,872 62,137
APS 2 57,032 59,215 59,699 62,125 63,581 65,488 3.0% 66,143 67,982 69,204 71,220
APS 3 64,108 66,355 67,128 69,347 72,116 73,114 1.4% 74,678 76,011 77,646 80,186
APS 4 72,117 74,281 78,097 79,431 80,031 82,300 2.8% 82,741 84,819 85,127 87,509
APS 5 80,082 82,290 85,351 86,992 87,762 89,679 2.2% 90,330 92,418 94,114 96,036
APS 6 90,626 92,984 99,749 101,530 103,305 106,046 2.7% 106,614 109,291 111,132 113,759
EL 1 115,770 118,548 124,246 127,106 128,987 131,714 2.1% 131,645 134,399 139,344 142,191
EL 2 140,453 144,000 154,635 158,142 160,578 164,067 2.2% 168,072 170,563 189,591 189,480
SES 1 212,628 217,789 228,132 233,429 243,083 247,790 1.9% 254,348 258,964 272,895 276,398
SES 2 271,400 277,558 290,347 299,104 305,066 310,641 1.8% 319,996 328,009 349,658 358,001
SES 3 348,602 364,075 384,662 392,202 410,874 420,420 2.3% 319,996 433,951 475,351 481,555
All employees $67,037 $69,652 $80,082 $82,300 $92,881 $95,416 2.7% $121,537 $124,556 $164,589 $168,290

Total Remuneration Package trends

Figure 4.1 presents a comparison of median TRP by classification in 2013 and 2017. Increases in TRP over the last five years are similar to Base Salary with the graduate and SES 3 levels having the largest increases over the period. At the SES levels increases in TRP are lower than those for Base Salary showing variation in the proportion that superannuation contribution, motor vehicle allowances and other benefits contribute to overall remuneration. 

Figure 4.1: Median Total Remuneration Package by classification, 2013 and 2017

In 2017 there were increases and a slight widening in range for several pay bands accompanied by a more even distribution within most bands.

The salary range for TRP is shown in Figure 4.2. There were slight increases and variations in TRP pay ranges, similar to Base Salary. However, the top of the range was more evenly spread in 2017, particularly in the lower classifications.

Figure 4.2: Total Remuneration Package range by classification, 2016–2017

Superannuation

Most APS employees are enrolled in one of the following superannuation funds:

  • Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS)
  • Public Sector Superannuation (PSS)
  • Public Sector Superannuation Accumulation Plan (PSSap).

PSSap is the default fund for employees engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 who do not exercise choice of an alternative valid retirement savings account. The CSS and PSS funds were closed to new entrants on 1 July 1990 and 1 July 2005 respectively.

There is a clear trend of employees at the EL and SES level having higher membership in the closed public sector funds (Figure 4.3). In the case of CSS members, these employees joined the public service more than 27 years ago. 

Figure 4.3: Percentage of employees by super fund and classification, 2017

Memberships in CSS and PSS are falling over time, in line with their being closed to new members (Figure 4.4). Conversely, membership in PSSap has grown over time as newly engaged APS employees continue to enter this fund. There has also been growth in membership of Other funds, which could be linked to the growth in Self-Managed Super Funds, or the existing funds that employees have retained from prior employment. 

Figure 4.4: Employee headcount by super fund and year 2013–2017