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Employment frameworks

As at 30 June 2020, all non-SES APS staff were employed under our EA. Ten SES staff members were employed under common law contracts.

Enterprise Agreement

Our EA outlines the terms and employment conditions of non-SES employees. The current EA began on 19 October 2016 and had a nominal expiry date of 18 October 2019. Through staff consultation and subsequent survey results, the majority of staff agreed that under section 24(1) of the Public Service Act 1999, the AIHW would maintain the current terms and conditions outlined in the 2016 EA. The determination provides for an annual 2% pay increase to nominal salary and corporate role allowances over a period of 3 years (2019–2021). Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, the APS Commission directed all government agencies to defer the next scheduled pay rise by 6 months.


Salary ranges based on classification level from our current EA are shown in Table 5.7. The AIHW’s remuneration arrangements do not provide access to, or include, performance pay.

Table 5.7: EA salary range for APS and EL employees, 30 June 2020





















EL 1



EL 2



Individual flexibility arrangements

Our EA contains provisions for flexible arrangements to enable tailoring of remuneration and conditions for employees in particular circumstances. As at 30 June 2020, 1 non-SES staff had an individual flexibility arrangement.

SES terms and conditions

The terms and conditions of employment for SES staff, including remuneration, are contained in common law contracts. They provide for salary entitlements and non-salary benefits relating to leave arrangements and entitlements, superannuation, salary sacrifice, travel and allowances. The CEO determines SES remuneration and conditions under section 24(1) of the Public Service Act 1999. SES remuneration is reviewed annually by the CEO in accordance with the APS Commission’s Executive Remuneration Management Policy.

As at 30 June 2020, the ranges within which the CEO could set salaries were $173,173 to $202,271 for SES Band 1 and $230,000 to $254,000 for SES Band 2. Details of the remuneration paid to our SES are in Appendix 2: Meeting attendance and remuneration.

Other highly paid staff

The AIHW did not have any non-SES staff in the reporting period whose remuneration exceeded the threshold amount in the PGPA Rule of $225,000.