Part Five Staff Matters - 5.2 Salary Matters

5.2 Salary Matters

5.2.1 Salaries

Under the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015, an employee’s salary on commencement may be set out as outlined below:

  • for an electorate employee, or a personal employee who is not a senior employee, he or she may be appointed or engaged at any salary point within the classification to which he or she is appointed or engaged;1 and
  • for a senior employee, unless otherwise agreed by the Prime Minister, his or her salary may be set by the employing Opposition Office Holder, within the relevant salary bands.2

An Opposition Office Holder should have regard to the level of qualifications, skills and knowledge and degree of relevant experience that an employee brings to the role when determining salary. An Opposition Office Holder may also advance the salary of an employee to a higher point in the relevant range at any time, subject to any administrative arrangements determined by the Prime Minister.3

Salaries of Senior Non-Government Personal Employees

The salaries of senior non-Government personal employees are shown in Attachment A to the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012-2015.

 Private-Plated Vehicles and Allowance

Chiefs of Staff and Senior Advisers are entitled to a private-plated vehicle  or a Private Plated Vehicle Allowance.

Salaries of Non-Government Personal Employees (other than Senior Staff)

The salaries of non‑Government personal employees are shown in Attachment B to the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012-2015:

Parliamentary Staff Allowance

Parliamentary Staff Allowance (PSA) is paid to personal employees in recognition of, and as compensation for, reasonable additional hours of work.4 Employees in receipt of PSA will work such reasonable additional hours as are agreed with the employing Opposition Office Holder, including on public holidays. The agreed additional hours will be designed to best suit the operating requirements of the workplace, taking into account the personal needs of the employee. There will be sufficient and reasonable meal and/or rest breaks within and between periods of duty.5 Overtime is not payable.

A personal employee may choose not to receive PSA where the employee is unable or does not expect to work significant additional hours.6 A personal employee who is not in receipt of PSA is entitled to time off in lieu (TOIL) in recognition of additional hours worked above the ordinary hours of duty.7

PSA is paid at the rates shown in Attachment D to the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012-2015:

PSA is paid fortnightly and in arrears, including during periods when the employee is on paid leave.8 PSA is calculated on a pro rata basis for part-time employees.9

PSA is included in the definition of ‘pay’ for the purposes of calculating severance payments and other payments made in lieu of leave on cessation of employment.10

Personal Classifications

An Opposition Office Holder has access to personal classifications for personal employees to enable an employee to be employed at a classification above that of the position they are employed against. Personal classifications are subject to the demonstration of particular skills and responsibilities of the employee, and the approval of the Prime Minister.

An Opposition Office Holder seeking a personal classification for an employee should write to the Special Minister of State through the Leader of the Opposition in the first instance.

Personal classifications are attached to an individual and positions revert to their substantive classification when the individual transfers positions or leaves employment.

Footnotes

1  Clause 23.1 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.

2  Clause 23.5 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.

3  Clause 24.1 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.

4  Clause 39.1 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.

5  Clause 39.3 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.

6  Clause 39.4 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.

7  Clause 41 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.

8  Clause 39.6 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.

9  Clauses 37.3 and 39.5 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.

10 Clause 39.8 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012–2015.