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Proposed Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2020-23

The ballot for the proposed Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2020-23 was successful. The enterprise agreement will now be lodged with the Fair Work Commission and will commence seven days after approval.

In response to feedback, the Government has put forward improvements from the December 2020 offer, without any loss of conditions, including:
  • immediate pay increases for all employees in the first year if the ballot is successful for:
    • senior staff of 0.40 per cent (up from a pause)
    • Advisers, Media Advisers and Assistant Advisers of 1.15 per cent (up from 0.85 per cent)
    • electorate officers and other personal employees of 1.70 per cent (the maximum allowed)
  • a further increase to the maximum individual Electorate Staff Allowance (ESA) allocation to 16 levels on commencement (equivalent to a notional 8 levels under the current Enterprise Agreement and up from the current maximum 7 levels).
  • the payment of superannuation for employees on all forms of parental leave.
  • a further increase in paid supporting partner leave to five weeks, with a half pay option (up from the current two weeks with no half pay option).
  • clearer access to leave options for reasons of family and/or domestic violence to enable flexibility in the provision of leave including miscellaneous leave, personal leave and/or flexible working arrangements that is appropriate to individual circumstances.
  • clearer support for employees with nursing infants.
  • an increase to the minimum salary point for employees at the Electorate Officer A and Secretary / Administrative Assistant classifications.
Consistent with the December 2020 offer, the proposed Enterprise Agreement includes:
  • the maximum pay adjustments allowed for all employees in the second and third years of the most recent year-to-June percentage change in the private sector Wage Price Index.
  • the existing 1 per cent annual retention payment for eligible employees.
  • reforms to ESA to permit allocation to individual employees, as well as two additional ESA levels for all parliamentarians’ offices (equivalent to one level under the current Enterprise Agreement) and two further additional ESA levels for offices of regional parliamentarians who are eligible to receive reimbursement for a satellite office (equivalent to a further one current level).
  • more flexible Excess (Canberra) Travel Leave for regional, rural and remote employees, including aligning entitlements with the parliamentary sitting calendar.
  • more flexible long service leave arrangements with leave able to be taken at half pay and the minimum leave period reduced to seven consecutive days.
  • the continuation of other conditions including leave, superannuation, travel allowance, studies assistance and corporate responsibility allowance.

Facts about the pay offer

If the proposed Enterprise Agreement is voted up at the ballot from 31 May to 4 June, employees will receive the remuneration increase specified in the proposed Enterprise Agreement immediately in the first year.  

Private sector WPI has never been negative, including during the Global Financial Crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. In the 2021-22 Budget, Budget Paper No. 1 forecasts total WPI to be 1.25 per cent for 2020-21 and 1.5 per cent for 2021-22.

In the first nine months of 2020-21, private sector WPI has increased 1.4 per cent.

Enterprise Agreement voting period

The ballot for the proposed Enterprise Agreement was held from 12:01am, Monday, 31 May to 2:00pm, Friday 4 June 2021.

You can access the proposed agreement and an overview including explanation of the agreement at the links below.

Should you have a query regarding the proposed enterprise agreement, please email Ministerial and Parliamentary Services at

Enterprise Agreement voting process

The ballot was be conducted by GoVote, an independent ballot provider.

Information on the bargaining process is located on the Bargaining for the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2020-23 page.

Last updated: 04 June 2021