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Management and accountability

Executive Remuneration

Mr Malcolm Southwell was appointed as the acting CEO of the NFRA under section 69 of the Public Service Act 1999, pending the appointment of a substantive CEO. Mr Southwell occupied this position from 4 July 2019 to 11 December 2019.

Mr Barry Broe was appointed as the CEO under section 67 of the Public Service Act 1999 from
12 December 2019 for a 5 year term.

Remuneration and other employment terms of the NFRA’s CEO are consistent with SES Band 2 employees of the department.

Table 1.3 Details of Accountable Authority during the reporting period 2019–20

Period as the accountable authority or member within the reporting period

Name

Position Title/Position held

Date of Commencement

Date of cessation

Malcolm Southwell

Acting Chief Executive Officer

4 July 2019

4 October 2019

3 October 2019

11 December 2019

Barry Broe

Chief Executive Officer

12 December 2019

-

Note: Mr Southwell was appointed as acting CEO for an initial period of 3 months, then for a further 3 months pending the appointment of a substantive CEO.

Table 1.4 Key Management Personnel remuneration during the reporting period 2019–20

Short-term benefits

$

Base Salary

261,713

Other benefits and allowances

2,715

Post-employment benefits

Superannuation

34,584

Other long-term benefits

Long service leave

2,392

Other long-term benefits

0

Termination benefits

Termination benefits

0

Total Key Management Personnel remuneration

301,404

In accordance with the PGPA Rule, this information is further disaggregated as follows:

Table 1.5 Information about remuneration for key management personnel

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

Malcolm Southwell

Acting Chief Executive Officer

$123,919

-

$2,342

$16,251

$1,433

-

-

$143,945

Barry Broe

Chief Executive Officer

$137,794

-

$373

$18,333

$959

-

-

$157,459

Total

$261,713

-

$2,715

$34,584

$2,392

-

-

$301,404

Table 1.6 Information about remuneration for senior executives

Short-term benefits

Post-employment benefits

Other long-term benefits

Termination benefits

Total remuneration

Total remuneration bands

Number of senior executives

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

Average total remuneration

$245,001 - $270,000

1

$202,776

-

-

$38,656

$7,846

-

-

$249,278

Notes: Remuneration is calculated on an accrual basis and excludes short term acting arrangements. Short term benefits include the value of annual leave accrued during the financial year, rather than leave taken. Long term benefits reflect the value of long service leave accrued during the year, rather than any leave taken. Remuneration for senior executives excludes employees classified as Key Management Personnel in Table 1.5.

Information about remuneration for other highly paid staff

The NFRA has no other highly paid staff that meet the threshold for the reporting requirement.

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Management of Human Resources

The NFRA’s SES and non-SES employees are employed under the Public Service Act 1999. In addition, the agency engages a number of labour hire contractors for their specialist skills and administrative capabilities.

During 2019–20, the NFRA’s workforce initially comprised an acting CEO and employees seconded from the department occupying SES and non-SES positions, along with several labour hire contractors to assist with the establishment of the agency. Following the commencement of the CEO in January, recruitment processes were undertaken to appoint ongoing employees to the agency.

The NFRA has continued to build employee skills and capability and collectively, the NFRA’s workforce includes a diverse range of expertise and experience in urban and regional infrastructure project design and delivery, rail project administration and policy development, financial and governance oversight and transport planning.

The NFRA is committed to investing in and strengthening the critical professional capabilities of all employees to foster a positive work ethic and culture through the provision of ongoing performance and development opportunities, and has actively supported employees with flexible working arrangements and individual flexibility arrangements for high performing employees.

In line with COVID-19 pandemic requirements, the NFRA implemented working from home arrangements, with the majority of employees working from home between March and June 2020. The NFRA Executive Leadership team actively engaged with employees in the planning and delivery of these arrangements and agency employees adapted well to working from home. The NFRA Executive Leadership team closely monitored employee morale and mental health and ensured high levels of productivity were maintained while enabling employees to manage challenging work-life balance issues (such as home schooling of children) associated with working from home. The NFRA remains committed to supporting employees with ongoing flexible working arrangements.

Employment Statistics

As at 30 June 2020, the NFRA had a total of nine ongoing employees. Of these, eight employees were based in Canberra and one was based in Perth. In addition, one SES employee was on secondment to the NFRA from the department.

Table 1.7 NFRA Ongoing Employees as at 30 June 2020

Male

Female

Indeterminate

Total

Full time

Part time

Total Male

Full time

Part time

Total Female

Full time

Part time

Total Indeterminate

Location

ACT

3

-

3

5

-

5

-

-

-

8

WA

1

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

Total

4

-

4

5

-

5

-

-

-

9

Classification

-

EL 2

1

-

1

2

-

2

-

-

-

3

EL 1

2

-

2

1

-

1

-

-

-

3

APS 6

1

-

1

2

-

2

-

-

-

3

Total

4

-

4

5

-

5

-

-

-

9

TOTAL

4

-

4

5

-

5

-

-

-

9

Notes: Excludes CEO and seconded SES employee; see Key Management Personnel remuneration table and Senior Executive remuneration table for details.

As at 30 June 2020, no NFRA employees identified themselves as indigenous; the NFRA had no non-ongoing and no part time employees.

Table 1.8 Australian Public Service Act Employment Arrangements Current as at 30 June 2020

SES

Non-SES

Total

Individual determination under subsection 24(1) of the Public Service Act

0

2

2

Collective determination under subsection 24(1) of the Public Service Act (National Faster Rail Agency — Agency Determination 2019/01)

0

7

7

Total

0

9

9

Table 1.9 Australian Public Service Act Employment salary ranges by classification level (Minimum/Maximum) as at 30 June 2020

Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

SES 3*

$318,362

$368,787

SES 2*

$247,771

$294,433

SES 1*

$199,653

$259,590

EL 2

$125,220

$154,790

EL 1

$106,141

$118,754

APS 6

$82,635

$92,620

APS 5*

$74,667

$83,145

APS 4*

$66,881

$75,993

APS 3*

$60,363

$65,970

APS 2*

$52,909

$56,294

APS 1*

$48,143

$51,458

Minimum/Maximum range

$48,143

$368,787

* During 2019–20, the NFRA did not have any ongoing employees at these classification levels.

The CEO has been excluded; refer to the Key Management Personnel table for details on CEO remuneration.

Performance Pay: During 2019–20, the NFRA did not make any performance payments to employees.

Non-Salary benefits

The NFRA provides its employees with a range of non-salary benefits including support for professional learning and development, access to health and wellbeing programs, flexible working arrangements and a range of paid leave entitlements.

Work Health and Safety

The NFRA is committed to providing a safe workplace for all employees and contractors. As part of this commitment, during 2019–20, the NFRA:

  • commenced development of agency-specific processes and systems for managing Work Health and Safety (WHS). As a newly created agency, an interim arrangement is in place to utilise the department’s WHS policies and procedures until such time as the NFRA develops its own WHS framework;
  • attended the department’s quarterly WHS meetings in an observer capacity;
  • provided employees and contractors with WHS assessments, and provided ergonomically appropriate equipment as required;
  • in consultation with employees, promptly implemented flexible working from home arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a 3-phased return to work program agreed with employees. Phase 2 involved a voluntary two day a week return to the office roster to reduce the number of employees in the office at any one time. Prior to Phase 2, the NFRA developed a ‘Be COVID-19 Safe’ training module to ensure employees adhered to relevant COVID Safe practices while in the office;
  • provided employees with secure remote working IT equipment, chairs and monitors to facilitate home-based work arrangements and to ensure WHS requirements were met during COVID-19 related working from home; and
  • maintained a video-conferencing capability and held regular team meetings to promote and maintain connectivity between the Executive Leadership team and employees and to facilitate ongoing flexible working from home arrangements where required.

During the reporting period, in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act, there were no incidents notified to Comcare, no notices received from Comcare, no investigations undertaken, and no active workers’ compensation claims.

Disability reporting

As part of its commitment to a diverse workforce, the NFRA provides reasonable adjustment and support to employees with disability.

Disability reporting is included the Australian Public Service Commission’s State of the Service reports and the APS Statistical Bulletin. These reports are available at www.apsc.gov.au.