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Salary Matters

Salary

The salary ranges of personal employees are in Attachments A and B of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019 (Enterprise Agreement). The salary ranges of electorate employees are in Attachment C of the Enterprise Agreement.

Salary on Commencement

An employing Senator or Member 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.

Ongoing Employees

The employing Senator or Member may appoint ongoing employees at any salary point within the classification to which the appointment or engagement is made (and as approved by the Prime Minister for Government senior staff employees) based on the demonstrated and relevant skills and experience of the employee.

Other than for senior staff, if the employee is transferring to an equivalent or lower classification the new salary cannot be less than the salary point that the employee transferred from if the salary point is within the range of the equivalent or lower classification. If the salary point that the employee transferred from is above the top salary point of the lower classification the salary on transfer will be the top salary point of the lower classification.

Non-ongoing Employees

The employing Senator or Member may engage new non-ongoing employees at any salary point within the classification to which the engagement is made (and as approved by the Prime Minister for Government senior staff employees) based on the demonstrated and relevant skills and experience of the employee.

A new non-ongoing employee is an employee who was not employed at that classification on the business day immediately preceding the commencement date of the engagement.

Each period of engagement of a non-ongoing employee is separate and may not be for a period of more than 12 months.

Casual Employees

Casual employees may be engaged against an established position and/or the electorate support budget to work such hours as are required from time to time by the employing Senator or Member. The maximum period for an employment agreement for casual employees is four weeks.

A casual employee may be engaged at any salary point within the classification to which the engagement is made (and as approved by the Prime Minister for Government senior staff employees).

Casual employees are paid for every hour worked at an hourly rate and receive an additional 20 per cent loading in lieu of access to paid leave and other entitlements (except long service leave).

Part-time Employees

Part-time employees receive salary, allowances and certain other entitlements on a pro rata basis for the number of hours they work when compared to full-time weekly hours.

Salary Progression

All eligible ongoing and non-ongoing employees, including part-time employees, advance to the next salary point as at 1 July of each year provided that the performance of the employee has not been reported in writing to Ministerial and Parliamentary Services as being unsatisfactory by the employing Member prior to the salary advancement.

A employing Senator or Member may advance the salary of employees to a higher point in the relevant range at any time, subject to any administrative arrangements determined by the Prime Minister.

Temporary Progression (Higher Duties Allowance)

The employing Senator or Member may temporarily progress an ongoing employee to a vacant position at a higher classification within the agreed structure of the office for a defined period. For example, temporary progression may be used to cover the absence of an employee on maternity or long service leave.

Temporary progression must be for a minimum period of two weeks. A start and an end date for the temporary progression must be specified in writing by the employing Senator or Member.

Where there is a requirement for the temporary progression to continue beyond the specified end date, the Senator or Member must provide further written advice specifying the new end date.

The higher duties allowance paid is the salary that would apply if the employee was promoted to the higher classification, less the employee’s existing salary.

Competency Assessment for Electorate Employees

An ongoing electorate employee who reaches the top of the salary range of the Electorate Officer A or B classification, and who has at least 12 months’ continuous service at that salary level or higher, may be moved to the next classification of Electorate Officer through a competency assessment process. This cannot result in there being more than one Electorate Officer C in a four-position electorate office.

A Senator or Member with employees at the top of the Electorate Officer A or B salary range should seek advice from Ministerial and Parliamentary Services where competency assessment is considered warranted.

It should be noted that the advancement under competency assessment applies to the individual employee only and the position remains at the original classification.

Superannuation

Employees receive superannuation in accordance with the relevant Commonwealth legislation and as provided in the Enterprise Agreement.

Certain employees may be eligible to maintain membership of, or rejoin, the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) or the Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (PSS). An employee who is not a member of the CSS or the PSS may generally elect to join the Public Sector Superannuation accumulation plan (PSSap) or to have an employer superannuation contribution paid into another approved fund under the superannuation choice arrangements.

Contributions to the PSSap, and other approved funds under the superannuation choice arrangements, will be made in respect of the ordinary times earnings of the employee, at the rate of 15.4 per cent.

Last updated: 09 December 2019