The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has issued a new Workplace Bargaining Policy to guide agencies on the implementation of terms and conditions of employment across the Australian Public Service (APS).
It applies to the APS and non-APS Australian Government entities, including Members of Parliament's staff and Government Business Enterprises. It does not apply to the Australian Defence Force.
All APS and non-APS Australian Government entities are responsible for ensuring that workplace arrangements are consistent with this policy.
The new policy permits remuneration increases to be negotiated up to an average of two per cent per annum. However, remuneration increases must be offset by productivity improvements and must be funded from within existing Agency budgets, without the redirection of program funding. The APS Commissioner must approve any proposed increases in remuneration prior to the increases being put to staff. Enterprise agreements must be of at least three years' duration.
Centium's Directors and consultants have had decades of experience in assisting Commonwealth, State and Territory government agencies in implementing and complying with workplace agreements and matters relating to terms and conditions of employment. We can assist with determining the impact that the new APSC Workplace Bargaining Policy may have on your agency and staff, where current gaps may lie, and how to remediate those gaps. Call or email us for a chat on how we may be able to assist. Often, an independent set of eyes such as ours can prove to be invaluable.