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  • Remuneration

    The policy outlining remuneration and conditions for Australian Public Service (APS) agencies is set by government. The guiding principle is that any increases are not to come at the cost of reduction in outputs or services – they must be offset by productivity improvements. More information about remuneration in the APS is available in the APSC's Remuneration report, available from apsc.gov.auExternal Link.

    The ATO's remuneration policy is in accordance with the government parameters that apply across the APS.

    Workplace agreements

    At 30 June 2017, we had 19 non-SES individual flexibility arrangements, varying the terms of the enterprise agreement for a specified time.

    Employment conditions are set out in the ATO Enterprise Agreement. The agreement has been under negotiation through 2016–17. Following a positive staff vote in late June 2017, the new enterprise agreement was successfully referred to the Fair Work Commissioner for approval.

    Despite delays in forming a new enterprise agreement, staff engagement was maintained through the year and the ATO continued to provide timely and quality services to the government and community.

    TABLE 3.6 Individual agreements, 2014–15 to 2016–17

    ATO employees

    2014–15

    2015–16

    2016–17

    Senior executive service (SES)

    207

    222

    212

    EL2 and general employees

    1

    6

    19

    TOTAL

    208

    228

    231

    Note:
    The ATO did not have any employees on Australian Workplace Agreements during this time.  

    Salaries

    Senior executive remuneration

    The Remuneration Tribunal sets the remuneration and conditions for the Commissioner and provides a framework and advice used by the Commissioner to determine remuneration and conditions for Second Commissioners.

    Remuneration for SES employees is aligned to the government’s Workplace Bargaining Policy. In January 2017, the Commissioner decided to defer consideration of a pay rise for SES officers, taking into account economic conditions, including negative growth, record low wage growth, and budgetary pressures.

    Total remuneration for SES includes a notional component for provision of a motor vehicle and parking, and for superannuation calculated at 15.4% of 101% of base salary. In 2016–17, the salary ranges were:

    • SES Band 1: $166,609 to $196,957 (notional total remuneration $223,490 to $258,599)
    • SES Band 2: $216,796 to $248,966 (notional total remuneration $282,742 to $319,915)
    • SES Band 3: $282,095 to $323,767 (notional total remuneration $359,456 to $407,610)

    Second Commissioners are eligible for performance pay under the Principal Executive Office Performance remuneration guidelines as determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. This applies to those who have acted in a Second Commissioner role for three months or more.

    All other classification levels, including SES, do not have access to performance pay.

    Non-senior executive remuneration

    Base rates of pay and other remuneration arrangements are set for the majority of non-SES staff in the enterprise agreement. The agreement includes provision for individual salary advancement subject to satisfactory performance and other assessment factors. The rates for 2016–17 are shown in the following table.

    TABLE 3.7 Non-SES salary ranges by classification, as at 30 June 2017

    Classification

    Lower
    $

    Upper
    $

    Cadets while undertaking study

    15,266

    24,868

    Cadets while undertaking practical training in the workplace

    26,981

    49,697

    Graduate administrative assistant

    57,965

    59,470

    APS1 and equivalent

    26,981

    49,697

    APS2 and equivalent

    50,892

    56,435

    APS3 and equivalent

    57,965

    62,560

    APS4 and equivalent

    64,605

    70,144

    APS5 and equivalent

    72,056

    76,407

    APS6 and equivalent

    77,824

    89,400

    Executive level 1

    99,769

    108,796

    Executive level 2

    120,128

    143,149

    Information technology officer grade 1

    62,560

    72,056

    Public affairs officer grade 1

    66,657

    76,407

    Public affairs officer grade 2

    81,066

    92,119

    Public affairs officer grade 3

    104,950

    121,396

    Non-salary benefits

    SES staff are provided with the following non-salary benefits:

    • a privately-plated motor vehicle, which may be used for private and official use, or cash in lieu of a motor vehicle
    • parking at work or cash in lieu of parking
    • an airline lounge membership if eight or more return trips are planned for the year.

    Executive level staff are provided with an iPad or iPhone for work use.

      Last modified: 30 Oct 2017QC 53668