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Payments in addition to key remuneration components

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 2013. That is, the employee had been performing acting duties ongoing since at least 3 October 2013.

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 9,354 employees, or 6.2% 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 2012 when 10,188 employees, or 6.6% 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 5th percentile and Q1 values. It demonstrates that employees undertaking higher duties tend to receive 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: Source: 2013 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 2013 (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 1346 0 0.0 . . . . . .
APS 1 1164 1 0.1 48533 48533 48533 48533 48533 48533
APS 2 3544 25 0.7 49009 50580 50892 53225 54564 51753
APS 3 17548 211 1.2 54349 55825 57965 59470 62492 57765
APS 4 29656 980 3.3 60452 62493 64605 66904 69239 64729
APS 5 21191 1969 9.3 67189 69238 71863 73360 75208 71429
APS 6 32468 2703 8.3 74321 77067 79517 82890 86943 79868
EL 1 28117 2162 7.7 92801 96084 99357 103131 108687 99511
EL 2 13050 1051 8.1 111559 114070 119054 123314 132809 120048
SES 1 1939 207 10.7 146277 151933 161723 171651 209299 168051
SES 2 564 39 6.9 184037 207097 216093 224071 259114 217283
SES 3 119 6 5.0 256791 267631 280625 290949 318000 282437
Total 150706 9354 6.2
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: 2013 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 2013 (i.e. since October 3).
Graduate . . . . . . . . . . . .
APS 1 . . 1 . . . . . . . . .
APS 2 . 24 . . 1 . . . . . . .
APS 3 . 31 175 . 2 3 . . . . . .
APS 4 1 19 132 793 . 32 3 . . . . .
APS 5 6 2 15 378 1563 . 5 . . . . .
APS 6 1 1 6 107 720 1814 . 54 . . . .
EL 1 . . . 1 30 104 2004 . 23 . . .
EL 2 . . . . 1 1 23 1023 . 2 1 .
SES 1 . . . . . . . . 205 . 2 .
SES 2 . . . . . . . . 2 36 . 1
SES 3 . . . . . . . . . 1 5 .

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, 6.1% of APS employees received a geographic or locality allowance in 2013; 8.0% of the SES workforce and 6.1% of the non-SES workforce.

From Table 4.3 the classifications with the highest proportion of employees receiving a geographic/locality allowance in 2013 were the Graduate and APS 3 classifications. This is consistent with 2012 findings. The EL 2 and APS 4 classifications had the lowest proportion of employees in receipt of geographic/locality allowances.

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

Compared with 2012 figures, the median amount paid in geographic/locality allowances decreased for 4 of the classifications, and the average payment decreased for 6.

Table 4.3: Geographic/locality allowance by classification
Classification Total employees Employees with allowance Proportion who received allowance P5 Q1 Median Q3 P95 Average
n n % $ $ $ $ $ $
Source: 2013 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 1346 228 16.9 210 519 529 1299 5000 1369
APS 1 1164 73 6.3 304 1292 2975 6870 14869 4827
APS 2 3544 217 6.1 720 1595 3765 4961 14021 4948
APS 3 17548 2516 14.3 557 1022 1113 1745 11464 2852
APS 4 29656 1175 4.0 331 1015 2506 6343 13934 4366
APS 5 21191 1787 8.4 321 1085 1642 5522 18416 4668
APS 6 32468 1321 4.1 252 1108 2268 6703 23957 6190
EL 1 28117 1146 4.1 389 1642 5938 20054 53346 14292
EL 2 13050 509 3.9 529 2323 10475 36445 74225 22261
SES 1 1939 154 7.9 972 11799 35526 50430 101956 38530
SES 2 565 43 7.6 1215 9024 40988 60109 80278 36901
SES 3 119 12 10.1 441 19148 46071 64196 100754 43837
Total 150707 9181 6.1

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.

In 2013, 3.8% of APS employees received a disability allowance.

Table 4.4 shows that, except for Graduates, non-SES classifications have lower proportions of employees in receipt of disability allowances compared to SES. Excluding Graduates, the proportion of employees in non-SES classifications that received such an allowance ranged from 1.4% of APS 1 employees to 5.1% of the APS 5 workforce. In contrast, the SES levels ranged from 5.9% of SES 1 employees to 7.6% of the SES 3 workforce.

Although they had the highest proportion receiving a disability allowance, Graduate employees received the lowest median disability allowance of $530. The highest median disability allowance of $42,096 was at the SES 3 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: 2013 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, and working conditions allowances.
Graduate 1346 103 7.7 14 100 530 7735 10321 3429
APS 1 1164 16 1.4 19 212 999 2072 2687 1179
APS 2 3544 65 1.8 30 288 2450 3145 18792 3495
APS 3 17548 879 5.0 56 498 1917 17910 44038 11538
APS 4 29656 824 2.8 16 141 1109 3717 18074 4224
APS 5 21191 1076 5.1 20 361 2459 12097 51139 11680
APS 6 32468 1213 3.7 16 157 2054 10238 58374 11467
EL 1 28117 1009 3.6 22 749 9448 42092 88249 24699
EL 2 13050 449 3.4 64 1728 16628 48505 101451 30303
SES 1 1939 115 5.9 1232 23814 41643 78470 119255 53496
SES 2 565 34 6.0 212 22567 35625 53847 95682 39832
SES 3 119 9 7.6 2947 28022 42096 82178 113894 52662
Total 150707 5792 3.8

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. Additional duties data does not include higher duties or partial higher duties. 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 3 and APS 6 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 2013 were the Graduate and EL 2 classifications.

The proportion of the whole workforce that received an additional duties allowance in 2013 has remained unchanged from 2012.

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

The median amounts paid 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.

The average amounts paid reduced in 2013 compared with 2012 across all classifications except for Graduates and APS 4.

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: 2013 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 1346 3 0.2 320 320 572 702 702 531
APS 1 1164 71 6.1 364 520 520 627 1881 718
APS 2 3544 301 8.5 352 520 576 699 2134 795
APS 3 17548 1769 10.1 314 486 613 1500 2909 1154
APS 4 29656 2590 8.7 314 522 627 627 1255 629
APS 5 21191 2431 11.5 333 520 605 702 2886 852
APS 6 32468 3137 9.7 333 496 605 691 1618 714
EL 1 28117 2244 8.0 333 496 576 676 1226 774
EL 2 13050 704 5.4 364 522 624 930 13983 2540
SES 1 1939 38 2.0 261 522 3392 8595 21855 5893
SES 2 565 10 1.8 454 750 6376 16580 30448 10063
SES 3 119 0 0.0 . . . . . .
Total 150707 13298 8.8

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.