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Total Remuneration Package

2.2 Total Remuneration Package

Total Remuneration Package (TRP) includes Base Salary plus:

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

In essence, TRP covers Base Salary plus benefits. It excludes bonuses, as defined in Total Reward (see definitions in Appendix A.2), shift and overtime payments.

The average movement in median TRP across all classifications from 2012 to 2013 was 3.2%.

The non-SES classifications median TRP increased by 3.2%, and SES classifications median TRP increased by 3.3%.

The Graduate classification saw the greatest increase in median TRP with a 6.5% increase from 2012. The key contributor is the increase in median Base Salary of 6.9% (see explanation in section 2.1). The second greatest increase was 4.6% and was recorded at both the APS 1 and SES 3 classifications.

The lowest median TRP increase was recorded at the APS 2 classification; increasing 2.5% from 2012 to 2013.

As demonstrated in Table 3.1, Base Salary makes up around 85% of the Total Reward received by employees at the non-SES classifications. The key benefit received by non-SES employees in these classifications is the employer superannuation contribution which is primarily calculated on base salary. Hence the main contributor to TRP movement is Base Salary movement.

Figure 2.4: Median Total Remuneration Package by classification

Figure 2.4: Median Total Remuneration Package by classification

Source: Table 2.2

Figure 2.5: Total Remuneration Package range by classification: Graduate to EL 1

Figure 2.5: Total Remuneration Package range by classification: Graduate to EL 1

Source: Table 2.2

Note: Refer to Section 7 (remuneration findings by classification) for the minimum and maximum values for each classification.

Note: Refer to Appendix A.2 for notes on interpreting box plots.

Figure 2.6: Total Remuneration Package range by classification: EL and SES

Figure 2.6: Total Remuneration Package range by classification: EL and SES

Source: Table 2.2

Note: Refer to Section 7 (remuneration findings by classification) for the minimum and maximum values for each classification.

Note: Refer to Appendix A.2 for notes on interpreting box plots.

Table 2.2: Total Remuneration Package by classification
Classification Employees P5 Q1 Median Q3 P95 Average
2012 n 2013 n 2012 $ 2013 $ 2012 $ 2013 $ 2012 $ 2013 $ change % 2012 $ 2013 $ 2012 $ 2013 $ 2012 $ 2013 $ change %
Source: 2012 and 2013 APS Remuneration Reports
Graduate 1649 1346 60405 61914 64746 66370 65668 69966 6.5 70331 72974 73342 75469 66769 69316 3.8
APS 1 1197 1164 41184 43057 46291 48940 51024 53349 4.6 54352 56099 57827 58810 50273 52613 4.7
APS 2 3731 3544 54577 56556 58653 60826 62025 63580 2.5 63300 65110 66104 67461 61032 62891 3.0
APS 3 18743 17548 61650 63859 65558 68982 69329 71951 3.8 71254 73625 75066 76953 68601 71094 3.6
APS 4 30279 29656 70043 72929 74162 77478 77602 79902 3.0 79120 81771 81704 83549 76774 79587 3.7
APS 5 21268 21191 77743 79878 81633 84657 84226 86826 3.1 86196 88821 89417 91911 83991 86683 3.2
APS 6 32527 32468 86930 90509 93274 97919 98247 101429 3.2 101390 104895 105285 108075 97418 100831 3.5
EL 1 28355 28117 110755 115275 118616 123031 122181 126019 3.1 125507 127792 133098 137707 122156 126258 3.4
EL 2 13146 13050 134180 140094 146666 152176 152371 157033 3.1 158898 164358 177270 182600 154732 159962 3.4
SES 1 2022 1939 198694 204957 217353 224320 228312 235706 3.2 238681 246891 254868 264378 227984 235935 3.5
SES 2 579 565 247460 259038 274671 281905 285608 294968 3.3 298851 310356 323032 337475 286563 296103 3.3
SES 3 126 119 329894 340330 350291 361082 362950 379486 4.6 392127 401289 502819 482827 376457 387012 2.8
Total 153622 150707

Total Remuneration Package movements by agency

Table 2.3 provides information on the median movement of the Total Remuneration Package (TRP) at each classification by agency. Agency TRP is used rather than Base Salary or Total Reward, as it covers the two most significant elements of APS remuneration: Base Salary and the employer superannuation contribution.

For a calculation to be made, an agency must have employees substantively at a classification level in both 2012 and 2013. As a result, the number of agencies for each classification will vary.

Table 2.3 shows the agency TRP median movement from 2012 to 2013 tended to be in the range of 2 and 4%. This is lower than the 2011­ to 2012 agency TRP median movement which was in the ‘4 and less than 6%’ range.

The reduction between the two year results is likely to be influenced by an increasing period of slowing employee mobility. By slowing employee mobility, a higher proportion of employees have reached the top of their pay range. As a result, fewer agency median movements are being affected by salary advancement within a salary span in addition to any general pay increase. When employee mobility rates increase, this trend is likely to be reversed.

Table 2.3: Remuneration movements (per cent change) of median TRP from 2012 to 2013 by agency
Classification Less than 0 % n 0 and <2 % n 2 and <4 % n 4 and <6 % n 6 and <8 % n 8 and <10 % n 10 % and over n
Source: 2012 and 2013 APS Remuneration Reports

Note: ‘n’ is the number of agencies.
Graduate 5 7 17 3 . 1 2
APS 1 5 5 9 5 5 1 4
APS 2 4 13 20 10 4 3 1
APS 3 4 12 30 24 11 2 1
APS 4 7 17 42 17 10 . 3
APS 5 4 16 48 27 4 4 2
APS 6 4 14 52 18 12 6 1
EL 1 11 11 56 20 4 2 2
EL 2 4 28 39 25 5 . 5
SES 1 10 15 26 20 7 3 8
SES 2 5 9 17 14 6 1 5
SES 3 2 4 7 6 4 1 2
Total 65 151 363 189 72 24 36