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Media Statement: Response to CPSU's observations on gender pay

Release date: 16 June 2017

Observations by the CPSU's on gender pay
reported in today's Canberra Times are inaccurate.

In the APS there is no significant difference in
pay between genders at individual classifications.

It is a strength of the APS that employees are
paid the same for work of the same value.

The statement
by the CPSU that "there's no
excuse why women and men shouldn't be getting paid the same for work of the
same level, whether they're working in a Commonwealth department or the private
sector" erroneously suggests that such differences occur in the Australian
Public Service. The 2016 Remuneration Report shows there is no gender
pay gap on a classification basis.

The
Government's bargaining policy is not gender biased. It provides up to 2 per
cent per annum in wage increases with no gender segmentation.

The
reason for a low annual remuneration increase for some staff is that
the CPSU has opposed pay offers. The CPSU's own action has denied its members
and others a pay increase for up to 3 years. This is the simple result of
the CPSU policy.

The Hon John Lloyd PSM

Australian Public Service
Commissioner