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Appendix 2: Executive remuneration

Remuneration policies and practices

SES staff are remunerated via determinations made under subsection 24 (1) of the Public Service Act. The Secretary is the delegate for any changes made to the remuneration provided by the determinations. The remuneration of the Secretary and the Director General of the Australian Safeguards and Non-proliferation Office is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

All other highly paid personnel are remunerated under the terms set out in the DFAT Enterprise Agreement 2019.

‘Other short-term benefits’ include overseas allowances, accommodation and fringe benefits tax paid on behalf of APS employees posted overseas. Employees posted overseas are remunerated in accordance with the department’s ‘overseas conditions of service’ framework. The framework exists to compensate for the differences in locations such as cost of living, hardship and security environment. It also addresses additional costs incurred, such as family medical and educational costs, to ensure posted staff are not disadvantaged.

The department provides accommodation for staff and their families for the duration of their posting. While staff and families benefit from this provision, they do not receive direct remuneration for rental costs. Instead, relevant allowances factor in staff contributions for rent and utilities. The value of the rents is determined by the location of posting rather than the work or performance of individual staff.

The number of staff and reported value of total remuneration in Tables 22 and 23 reflect the high property costs and consequent rental costs in many of the 111 locations of our posts, such as Hong Kong, Moscow or New York.

The total remuneration reported also covers the full rental value of properties used by ambassadors and high commissioners. It does not recognise that most official residences have a residential component and a working component, which is used to support Australian Government objectives, including engagement with local political and business representatives and visiting Australian ministers.

Remuneration governance arrangements

The department’s Performance, Risk and Resourcing Committee, chaired by the Secretary, is responsible for assessing and reallocating resources across the department.

The department adjusts overseas allowances fortnightly in response to changes to the overseas environment and foreign exchange movements based on a common methodology used by all APS agencies with staff posted to Australian posts. These adjustments draw on data from an independent commercial provider (Conditions Abroad International ECA).

Key management personnel

The department’s key management personnel (KMP) are those persons having authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the department. The department has determined the key management personnel to be the Secretary, Deputy Secretaries, Head of the Office of the Pacific, Chief People Officer, Chief Risk Officers and Chief Finance Officer.

Table 19: Key management personnel

Name

Position title

Terms as KMP

Frances Adamson

Secretary

1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

Penny Williams

Deputy Secretary

1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

Ewen McDonald

Head, Office of the Pacific

1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

Tony Sheehan

Deputy Secretary

1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

Richard Maude

Deputy Secretary

1 July 2019 - 17 January 2020

Christopher Langman

Deputy Secretary

1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

Clare Walsh

Deputy Secretary

1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

Justin Hayhurst

Deputy Secretary

16 March 2020 - 30 June 2020

Murali Venugopal

Chief Finance Officer

1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

Daniel Sloper

Chief People Officer

1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

Suzanne McCourt

Chief Risk Officer

1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

Angela Robinson

Chief Risk Officer

1 July 2019 - 19 January 2020

The following tables are prepared on an accruals basis.

Table 20: Key management personnel remuneration for the reporting period

2020
$

Short-term benefits

Base salary

3,597,229

Bonus

-

Other benefits and allowances

207,278

Total short-term benefits

3,804,507

Superannuation

621,976

Total post-employment benefits

621,976

Other long-term benefits

-

Long service leave

153,587

Total other long-term employee benefits

153,587

Termination benefits

-

Total key management personnel remuneration

4,580,070

In accordance with the PGPA Rule, this information is disaggregated in table 21.

Table 21: Key management personnel remuneration 2019–20

Short-term benefits

Post-employment benefits

Other long-term benefits

Termination benefits

Total remuneration

Name

Position title

Base salary

Bonuses

Other benefits and allowances

Superannuation contributions

Long service leave

Other long-term benefits

Frances Adamson

Secretary

781,298

-

18,335

113,195

26,840

-

-

939,668

Penny Williams

Deputy Secretary

317,465

-

25,941

60,649

12,596

-

-

416,651

Ewen McDonald

Head, Office of the Pacific

350,723

-

32,579

65,552

15,264

-

-

464,118

Tony Sheehan

Deputy Secretary

399,593

-

-

69,546

14,737

-

-

483,876

Richard Maude

Deputy Secretary

208,347

-

14,641

38,041

11,645

-

-

272,674

Christopher Langman

Deputy Secretary

299,776

-

26,401

57,275

13,904

-

-

397,356

Clare Walsh

Deputy Secretary

333,922

-

25,941

60,098

11,585

-

-

431,546

Justin Hayhurst

Deputy Secretary

99,257

-

6,658

17,187

22,678

-

-

145,780

Murali Venugopal

Chief Finance Officer

295,267

-

-

44,069

7,330

-

-

346,666

Daniel Sloper

Chief People Officer

251,220

-

23,648

49,345

9,295

-

-

333,508

Suzanne McCourt

Chief Risk Officer

178,267

-

19,685

30,565

4,989

-

-

233,866

Angela Robinson

Chief Risk Officer

81,734

-

13,449

16,454

2,724

-

-

114,361

Total

3,597,229

-

207,278

621,976

153,587

-

-

4,580,070

NOTE: Some figures are impacted by the duration of service as KMP. Table 19 provides details of the length of service for officers that were classified as KMP. Other benefits and allowances include car parking, car and language allowances, overseas-related allowances and fringe benefits tax expenses

Table 22: Senior executive staff remuneration 2019–20

Remuneration Band

Number of SES

Short-term benefits

Post-employment benefits

Other long-term benefits

Termination benefits

Average TOTAL REMUNERATION ($)

Average Base Salary ($)

Average Bonuses ($)

Average Other Benefits and Allowances

Average Superannuation Contributions ($)

Average Long Service Leave ($)

Average Other Long-term Benefits ($)

Average Termination Benefits ($)

Excluding overseas housing allowances ($)

Including overseas housing allowances ($)

Oversea Housing Allowances ($)

Other ($)

Under $220,000

51

80,354

57

1,604

12,932

20,578

5,748

-

2,261

121,929

123,534

225,001 - 245,000

6

179,447

-

-

19,732

33,551

7,451

-

-

240,181

240,181

245,001 - 270,000

54

192,502

-

1,258

25,914

36,443

5,890

-

-

260,750

262,007

270,001 - 295,000

21

184,048

-

6,913

30,577

35,939

7,595

-

15,976

274,136

281,048

295,001 - 320,000

12

206,855

-

20,588

33,875

39,059

8,573

-

-

288,363

308,951

320,001 - 345,000

25

217,531

116

13,764

46,330

40,818

9,792

-

-

314,588

328,352

345,001 - 370,00

8

215,368

-

7,588

67,127

38,649

31,348

-

-

352,491

360,079

370,001 - 395,000

7

209,199

-

29,028

107,755

40,374

110

-

-

357,438

386,466

395,001 - 420,000

5

202,251

-

46,845

106,207

37,800

9,408

-

-

355,666

402,511

420,001 - 445,000

8

207,565

364

43,815

127,696

37,897

9,307

-

-

382,828

426,643

445,001 - 470,000

6

199,386

-

94,155

125,636

36,132

6,185

-

-

367,338

461,493

470,001 - 495.000

9

193,198

-

90,929

156,550

36,228

6,413

-

-

392,389

483,318

495,001 - 520,000

8

216,656

-

97,126

145,921

41,201

8,572

-

-

412,350

509,476

520,001 - 545,000

7

195,058

-

105,277

189,515

37,850

6,075

-

-

428,499

533,775

545,001 - 570,000

10

206,243

-

116,120

192,694

36,250

8,161

-

-

443,348

559,469

570,001 - 595,000

5

214,803

-

105,315

213,254

40,672

10,871

-

-

479,599

584,914

595,001 - 620,000

4

185,745

-

194,281

179,848

34,716

8,523

-

-

408,832

603,113

620,001 - 645,000

8

232,049

-

145,658

208,945

40,334

6,514

-

-

487,842

633,499

645,001 - 670,000

5

214,359

-

234,264

165,918

40,446

4,985

-

-

425,709

659,973

670,001 - 695,000

2

218,693

-

154,545

261,763

40,697

7,294

-

-

528,447

682,992

695,001 - 720,000

4

202,644

-

170,275

288,982

37,318

6,156

-

-

535,099

705,375

720,001 - 745,000

2

231,221

-

202,662

258,154

42,508

7,690

-

-

539,573

742,235

745,001 - 770,000

2

307,124

-

200,824

183,426

49,925

11,337

-

-

551,812

752,636

770,001 - 795,000

5

232,228

-

311,249

193,681

45,441

7,828

-

-

479,178

790,427

795,001 - 820,000

3

222,471

-

275,026

269,164

42,689

8,119

-

-

542,443

817,469

820,001 - 845,000

1

285,846

-

118,282

362,283

49,568

6,027

-

-

703,724

822,006

845,001 - 870,000

5

259,392

-

363,424

180,187

45,302

8,464

-

-

493,345

856,769

895,001 - 920,000

1

205,220

-

284,120

375,341

38,096

5,482

-

-

624,140

908,260

920,001 - 945,000

2

262,410

-

368,662

229,247

48,625

24,543

-

-

564,826

933,488

970,001 - 995,000

1

241,215

-

565,621

94,447

58,269

14,323

-

-

408,255

973,876

995,001 - 1,020,000

2

247,215

-

284,571

425,718

42,933

7,283

-

-

723,149

1,007,720

1,045,001 1,070,000

1

321,679

-

360,242

303,061

53,468

11,644

-

-

689,852

1,050,093

1,070,001 - 1,095,000

1

265,524

-

608,058

153,302

53,999

9,500

-

-

482,324

1,090,382

1,095,001 - 1,120,000

2

221,612

-

667,319

180,227

36,596

6,835

-

-

445,271

1,112,590

1,120,001 - 1,145,000

1

251,407

-

670,260

152,809

56,145

8,294

-

-

468,655

1,138,916

1,420,001 - 1,445,000

1

389,844

-

771,844

196,066

69,359

13,702

-

-

668,971

1,440,815

1,445,001 - 1,470,000

1

212,446

-

982,968

204,225

40,934

7,807

-

-

465,413

1,448,381

1,720,001 - 1,745,000

1

256,376

-

1,273,068

152,867

48,796

6,303

-

-

464,341

1,737,409

1,745,001 - 1,770,000

1

255,445

-

1,221,367

235,113

47,660

7,194

-

-

545,412

1,766,779

2,370,001 - 2,395,000

1

317,659

-

1,897,464

111,243

49,267

8,568

-

-

486,737

2,384,201

Employees posted overseas reside in Commonwealth leased or owned residences,or privately leased residences and the rental value (described in the table as overseas housing allowance) is not received by the individual as direct remuneration. Residences, in particular those used by ambassadors and high commissioners, are used for official events and to conduct official Australian Government business. The amount included for Average Other Benefits and Allowances does not include tax paid on non-reportable fringe benefits (included in 2018–19). Employee rent and utility contributions are factored into relevant allowances

Table 23: Other highly paid staff remuneration 2019–20

Remuneration Band

Number of Other Highly Paid Staff

Short-term benefits

Post-employment benefits

Other long-term benefits

Termination Benefits

Average TOTAL REMUNERATION ($)

Average Base Salary ($)

Average Bonuses ($)

Average Other Benefits and Allowances

Average Superannuation Contributions

Average Long Service Leave

Average Other Long-term Benefits

Average Termination Benefits

Excluding overseas housing allowances ($)

Including overseas housing allowances ($)

Oversea Housing Allowances ($)

Other ($)

225,001 - 245,000

65

106,360

1,442

36,069

66,605

18,711

5,697

-

-

198,814

234,882

245,001 - 270,000

95

103,393

1,395

51,199

79,325

17,836

4,251

-

1,400

207,600

258,799

270,001 - 295,000

85

103,705

1,639

59,802

94,719

18,562

3,608

-

-

222,232

282,034

295,001 - 320,000

89

112,048

1,954

65,897

101,654

20,294

3,839

-

1,747

241,535

307,432

320,001 - 345,000

72

115,891

1,856

79,429

110,341

20,418

3,727

-

-

252,234

331,663

345,001 - 370,000

57

121,600

2,212

81,968

126,584

22,089

3,704

-

-

276,188

358,156

370,001 - 395,000

56

128,145

2,245

89,252

136,165

22,487

4,012

-

-

293,054

382,307

395,001 - 420,000

41

127,675

2,077

97,038

152,942

23,361

4,210

-

-

310,266

407,303

420,001 - 445,000

37

134,066

2,031

114,731

151,758

25,329

4,660

-

-

317,844

432,575

445,001 - 470,000

23

150,916

2,247

115,248

156,710

27,040

5,203

-

-

342,115

457,363

470,001 - 495,000

18

151,259

1,723

115,332

177,312

27,196

6,222

-

-

363,712

479,044

495,001 - 520,000

13

149,381

2,156

121,157

199,315

26,911

4,580

-

-

382,343

503,499

520,001 - 545,000

10

153,077

1,225

127,717

211,417

28,125

8,396

-

-

402,240

529,957

545,001 - 570,000

6

150,444

2,903

138,480

231,511

30,142

4,093

-

-

419,092

557,572

570,001 - 595,000

9

160,487

2,007

188,082

197,665

30,658

5,152

-

-

395,970

584,052

595,001 - 620,000

5

184,843

582

147,941

229,904

28,957

14,520

-

-

458,805

606,747

620,001 - 645,000

5

158,329

1,745

215,976

216,516

33,209

3,959

-

-

413,758

629,734

670,001 - 695,000

2

167,695

-

211,980

270,168

30,573

2,580

-

-

471,016

682,995

745,001 - 770,000

1

186,681

-

129,087

395,802

31,236

5,655

-

-

619,374

748,461

1,145,001 - 1,170,000

1

135,753

2,384

853,289

133,423

29,922

5,088

-

-

306,571

1,159,860

Employees posted overseas reside in Commonwealth leased or owned residences,or privately leased residences and the rental value (described in the table as overseas housing allowance) is not received by the individual as direct remuneration. Residences, in particular those used by ambassadors and high commissioners, are used for official events and to conduct official Australian Government business. The amount included for Average Other Benefits and Allowances does not include tax paid on on-reportable fringe benefits (included in 2018–19). Employee rent and utility contributions are factored into relevant allowances