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Chapter 5: Total Reward

Total Reward (TR) represents the full remuneration amount for each employee. TR is the sum of the Total Remuneration Package (TRP) plus bonuses. Bonuses include:

  • individual performance bonuses
  • retention bonuses
  • whole-of-agency or group bonuses

Overall, the median TR across most classifications increased by 2.5% from 2017 to 2018 (Table 5.1). The highest non-SES increase was 2.0% for APS 4, and the smallest was Graduates, at 0.7%. TR values are close to those for TRP, showing the small proportion that bonuses contribute to overall remuneration.
The reduction in median TR for APS 2 was influenced by turnover in headcounts for employees at that level in the larger agencies. The data suggests that the change is related to movement of experienced employees to higher classifications and the entry of new employees into the lowest level of the APS 2 pay point.
The weighted TR median increase was 1.5% for non-SES and 1.4% for SES in 2018.

Table 5.1 Total Reward by classification, 2017 and 2018

.

P5

Q1

Median

%change

Q3

P95

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

 

2017

2018

2017

2018

Grad.

$67,175

$68,329

$69,347

$70,734

$72,354

$72,862

0.7%

$75,163

$76,667

$81,801

$80,008

APS 1

$46,527

$46,940

$51,367

$52,257

$56,511

$57,077

1.0%

$58,728

$59,677

$62,563

$63,542

APS 2

$59,215

$53,534

$62,176

$62,148

$66,091

$65,729

-0.5%

$68,560

$69,358

$71,617

$72,635

APS 3

$66,258

$67,361

$69,636

$71,770

$73,839

$74,995

1.6%

$76,399

$77,934

$80,237

$82,221

APS 4

$74,281

$75,767

$79,518

$81,272

$82,300

$83,947

2.0%

$84,819

$86,651

$87,554

$89,278

APS 5

$82,299

$83,880

$87,043

$88,330

$89,807

$91,244

1.7%

$92,571

$94,259

$96,625

$97,968

APS 6

$93,143

$94,086

$101,535

$102,898

$106,046

$107,463

1.3%

$109,291

$111,402

$114,180

$115,848

EL 1

$118,548

$120,098

$127,106

$128,880

$131,944

$133,825

1.4%

$134,966

$137,123

$144,580

$145,399

EL 2

$144,161

$145,372

$158,695

$160,933

$165,446

$168,298

1.7%

$171,868

$174,040

$193,984

$198,360

SES1

$218,790

$221,410

$233,813

$238,492

$248,251

$251,519

1.3%

$260,176

$266,249

$278,916

$286,363

SES2

$277,877

$280,859

$299,613

$303,407

$311,013

$317,159

2.0%

$330,362

$337,819

$366,578

$380,818

SES3

$369,158

$373,071

$393,194

$403,993

$421,800

$430,765

2.0%

$435,724

$453,001

$481,555

$509,673

ALL

$69,652

$71,560

$82,300

$84,072

$95,416

$97,847

2.5%

$124,556

$127,740

$168,290

$171,555

Over a five year period the increase in TR has varied between classifications. Figure 5.1 shows that the smallest increases have been for APS 2 (1.2%). The largest increases were seen in SES 3 (9.5%). Graduate, EL 2 and SES 1-3 classifications were at the higher end of the range (5.1% to 9.4%). (APS 1-5 a were at the lower end of the range (1.2% to 4.0%).

The ranges in Figure 5.2 have remained relatively uniform between 2017 and 2018. Increases in TR are built on changes in Base Salary and TRP, for which the main drivers of the increases at each classification were presented in Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.

Performance bonuses

Figure 5.3 shows that performance bonuses continued to decrease in the APS.
The total number of employees who received a performance bonus in 2018 decreased by 14% from the previous year. The overall number of employees receiving these bonuses has decreased by 33% since 2014. The data suggests that although the overall number of employees receiving performance bonuses has continued to decrease in 2018, the average value of those bonuses has increased.

Performance and other bonus types have historically been a common feature for SES classifications. Figure 5.4 shows that the proportion of SES in receipt of performance bonuses has also continued to decrease from between 10.7% and 12.5% in 2014, to between 4.1% and 4.8% in 2018.

Last reviewed: 
26 July 2019