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People management

During 2019–20 we continued our commitment to leading and developing our employees to meet organisational objectives.

Our diverse workforce brings to the organisation a valuable range of skills and expertise, helping to foster productive relationships within the health sector. Many employees are considered experts in their fields, bringing to their roles important local and national experience.

Our work involves collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders across the donation, transplantation and community sectors, who make a significant contribution to our work and achievements nationally.

We receive productivity benefits through our ongoing service level agreement with the Commonwealth Department of Health. This includes the delivery of payroll services and a range of corporate support activities. We can also access the department’s various panel arrangements, including the provision of recruitment services and a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program.

We are committed to promoting and supporting the Australian Public Service (APS) Values and Code of Conduct, as set out in the Public Service Act 1999 (the Public Service Act).

We adopted an agile approach in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and effective communication and collaboration has been critical in supporting all of our employees during this evolving environment.

During the initial COVID-19 peak in March 2020 we successfully transitioned to remote working arrangements. A COVID-19 operations and associated agency work plan was developed to support our team with the transition, and progress of activities against the agency work plan indicated productivity was not negatively impacted. Staff pulse surveys conducted during the working from home period indicated staff felt well supported during this time. A Recommencement Plan has also been implemented to assist in the transition of our return to working in the office. This plan is reviewed monthly and continues to evolve with the changing COVID-19 environment and supports a working environment where employees alternate between working in the office and working from home. Our planning is informed by the Commonwealth Department of Health, Safe Work Australia and Comcare.

A number of our employees were supported to assist in the COVID-19 Pandemic response across the Australian Public Service and in the health system. Our CEO was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) as the Executive Coordinator for the COVID-19 Health Taskforce and other employees were seconded to PM&C and the COVID-19 National Incident Room at the Department of Health. Our registered nurses were also on stand-by to assist in the local hospitals if required.

Employee profile

Terms and conditions of employment for Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are provided by individual determinations made under section 24(1) of the Public Service Act. All terms and conditions of employment for non-SES employees are provided in our Enterprise Agreement 2016–2019, which took effect from 16 February 2016.

In January 2019 a determination was made under subsection 24(1) of the Public Service Act to provide employees with increases to their existing salary ranges and their allowances. They are eligible for these increases under the terms of the Enterprise Agreement.

At 30 June 2020 we employed 22.18 full-time equivalent staff. The tables below provide a breakdown of these figures by classification, gender, full-time and part-time status, ongoing and non-ongoing employment, salary ranges, location, and employment arrangements. In 2018–19 and 2019–20 there were:

  • no employees who identified as being Indigenous
  • no performance payments.

We continue to foster a culture that supports employees achieving their potential and that values employee diversity. This is continually fostered through the Enterprise Agreement and internal policies.

Information about remuneration for key management personnel

Short-term benefits

Post-employment benefits

Other long-term benefits

Total remuneration

Name

Position title

Base salary

Other benefits and allowances

Superannuation contributions

Long service leave

Lucinda Barry

Chief Executive Officer

243,209

-

38,188

6,209

287,606

Judy Harrison

Acting Chief Executive Officer

66,356

5,226

9,350

1,266

82,198

Malcolm Washer

OTA Board Chair

77,355

-

2,447

-

84,704

Carol Pollock

OTA Board Deputy Chair

25,762

-

2,447

-

28,209

Stephen Lynch

OTA Board Member

25,762

-

2,447

-

28,209

Oren Klemich

OTA Board Member

25,762

-

2,447

-

28,209

Marisa Herson

OTA Board Member

25,762

-

2,447

-

28,209

Margaret Kruger

OTA Board Member

25,762

-

2,447

-

28,209

Note: Amounts reimbursed by key management personnel are excluded from the above table.

Information about remuneration for senior executives

Short-term benefits

Post-employment benefits

Other long-term benefits

Total remuneration

Total Remuneration bands

Number of senior executives

Average base salary

Average other benefits and allowances

Average superannuation contributions

Average long service leave

Average total remuneration

$220,001 - $245,000

1

166,597

17,981

32,170

4,015

220,763

All ongoing employees current report period (2019-20)

Male

Female

Indeterminate

Total

Full-time

Part-time

Total Male

Full-time

Part-time

Total Female

Full-time

Part-time

Total Indeterminate

ACT

-

-

-

1.00

-

1.00

-

-

-

1.00

Total

-

-

-

1.00

-

1.00

-

-

-

1.00

All ongoing employees previous report period (2018-19)

Male

Female

Indeterminate

Total

Full-time

Part-time

Total Male

Full-time

Part-time

Total Female

Full-time

Part-time

Total Indeterminate

ACT

-

-

-

1.00

-

1.00

-

-

-

1.00

Total

-

-

-

1.00

-

1.00

-

-

-

1.00

Australian Public Service Act ongoing employees current report period (2019-20)

Male

Female

Indeterminate

Total

Full-time

Part-time

Total Male

Full-time

Part-time

Total Female

Full-time

Part-time

Total Indeterminate

SES 1

1.00

-

1.00

2.00

-

2.00

-

-

-

3.00

EL 2

-

-

0

5.00

-

5.00

-

-

-

5.00

EL 1

3.00

-

3.00

2.00

2.18

4.18

-

-

-

7.18

APS 6

1.00

-

1.00

1.00

-

1.00

-

-

-

2.00

Total

5.00

-

5.00

10.00

2.18

12.18

-

-

-

17.18

Australian Public Service Act ongoing employees previous report period (2018-19)

Male

Female

Indeterminate

Total

Full-time

Part-time

Total Male

Full-time

Part-time

Total Female

Full-time

Part-time

Total Indeterminate

SES 1

-

-

-

1.00

-

1.00

-

-

-

1.00

EL 2

2.00

0.75

2.75

2.80

-

2.80

-

-

-

5.55

EL 1

2.00

-

2.00

7.20

1.63

8.83

-

-

-

10.83

APS 6

1.00

-

1.00

2.00

-

2.00

-

-

-

3.00

APS 5

-

-

-

1.15

-

1.15

-

-

-

1.15

Total

5.00

0.75

5.75

14.15

1.63

15.78

-

-

-

21.53

Australian Public Service Act non-ongoing employees current report period (2019-20)

Male

Female

Indeterminate

Total

Full-time

Part-time

Total Male

Full-time

Part-time

Total Female

Full-time

Part-time

Total Indeterminate

EL 1

1.00

-

1.00

3.00

-

3.00

-

-

-

4.00

Total

1.00

-

1.00

3.00

-

3.00

-

-

-

4.00

Australian Public Service Act non-ongoing employees previous report period (2018-19)

Male

Female

Indeterminate

Total

Full-time

Part-time

Total Male

Full-time

Part-time

Total Female

Full-time

Part-time

Total Indeterminate

EL 1

-

-

-

1.00

-

1.00

-

-

-

1.00

APS 6

-

-

-

1.00

-

1.00

-

-

-

1.00

APS 5

1.00

-

1.00

-

-

-

-

-

-

1.00

Total

1.00

-

1.00

2.00

-

2.00

-

-

-

3.00

Australian Public Service Act employees by full time and part time status current report period (2019-20)

Ongoing

Non-Ongoing

Total

Full-time

Part-time

Total Ongoing

Full-time

Part-time

Total Non-Ongoing

SES 1

3.00

-

3.00

-

-

-

3.00

EL 2

5.00

-

5.00

-

-

-

5.00

EL 1

5.00

2.18

7.18

4.00

-

4.00

11.18

APS 6

2.00

-

2.00

-

-

-

2.00

Total

15.00

2.18

17.18

4.00

-

4.00

21.18

Australian Public Service Act employees by full time and part time status previous report period (2018-19)

Ongoing

Non-Ongoing

Total

Full-time

Part-time

Total Ongoing

Full-time

Part-time

Total Non-Ongoing

SES 1

1.00

-

1.00

-

-

-

1.00

EL 2

4.80

0.75

5.55

-

-

-

5.55

EL 1

9.2

1.63

10.83

1.00

-

1.00

11.83

APS 6

3.00

-

3.00

1.00

-

1.00

4.00

APS 5

1.15

-

1.15

1.00

-

1.00

2.15

Total

19.15

2.38

21.53

3.00

-

3.00

24.53

Australian Public Service Act employment type by location Current Report Period (2019-20)

Ongoing

Non-Ongoing

Total

NSW

1.00

-

1.00

ACT

16.18

4.00

20.88

Total

17.18

4.00

21.18

Australian Public Service Act employment type by location previous report period (2018-19)

Ongoing

Non-Ongoing

Total

NSW

1.00

-

1.00

Vic

0.75

-

0.75

ACT

19.78

3.00

22.98

Total

21.53

3.00

24.53

Australian Public Service Act employment arrangements current report period (2019-20)

SES

Non-SES

Total

Enterprise Agreement

-

20.18

20.18

Individual flexibility arrangements

-

7.00

7.00

Determination under subsection 24(1) of the Public Service Act 1999

1.00

-

1.00

Statutory Authority

-

1.00

1.00

Total

1.00

21.18

22.18

Australian Public Service Act employment salary ranges by classification level (minimum/maximum) current report period (2019-20)

Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

SES 1

$175,354

$216,487

EL 2

$122,309

$147,702

EL 1

$102,514

$119257

APS 6

$83,421

$95,995

APS 5

$75,619

$81,410

APS 4

$69,524

$74,930

APS 3

$61,365

$69,378

APS 2

$53,101

$59,106

APS 1

$45,435

$52,046

Other

$144,748

$153,612

Minimum/Maximum range

$45,435

$216,487

Non-salary benefits

The Enterprise Agreement and other employment arrangements provide a range of non-salary benefits in addition to those consistent with national employment standards and the Fair Work Act 2009. The non-salary benefits available to staff include:

  • influenza vaccinations
  • time off for blood donations
  • access to an Employee Assistance Program
  • flexible working arrangements, including time off in lieu (where appropriate) and recognition of travel time
  • cultural or religious holidays substitution scheme
  • home-based working arrangements
  • organised social activities
  • support for personal and professional development
  • access to leave accruals at half pay
  • rotational car parking
  • reimbursement of costs associated with obtaining financial advice for staff undertaking voluntary retrenchment
  • reimbursement of costs associated with damage to clothing or personal effects if the damage is work-related.

Performance management

All employees participate in our Performance and Development Agreement cycle. This seeks to:

  • clarify individual employees' understanding of their work tasks, their responsibilities and the performance standards expected
  • provide feedback on performance and improve communication between supervisors and their employees
  • provide a basis for determining salary advancement
  • identify learning and development needs
  • identify and manage instances of under-performance.

Professional and personal development

We recognise the importance of ensuring that all employees continue to develop their skills. This is facilitated through on-the-job training, sourced in-house training programs, and external accredited training programs. Other development opportunities include stakeholder engagement, and attendance at conferences, seminars and learning institutions.

As part of our role in the health sector, employees across the organisation are encouraged to attend a number of health conferences to promote organ donation awareness.