Part G – Remuneration

Salary increases

  1. In recognition of the commitment by all employees to achieve the productivity and efficiencies contained in this Agreement and ongoing efforts to meet and exceed the Archives’ corporate objectives, the following payments will apply:
  2. Base rates of pay will be increased by 3% effective from the commencement of this Agreement.
  3. The second pay adjustment of 2% will take effect 12 months after the first increase.
  4. The third pay adjustment of 1% will take effect 18 months after the first increase.

Salary rates

  1. The tables at Appendix B detail the salary rates payable to employees.
  2. These salary rates apply for the purpose of purchased leave arrangements and calculating any salary related benefits, including termination and redundancy payments, and superannuation.
  3. Where an employee commences work with the Archives or is allocated a classification on movement from a training classification, promoted or reassigned duties within the Archives, salary will be payable at the minimum point of the salary range applicable to the classification of the job, unless the Director-General authorises payment of salary above the minimum point.
  4. Where this Agreement begins to apply to an employee because they are no longer covered by an Individual Flexibility Arrangement the Director-General may determine the employee’s pay point in the salary range applicable to the classification of the employee, having regard to the experience, qualifications and skills of the employee and the salary that the employee was entitled to under that Individual Flexibility Arrangement. Where the pay point exceeds the salary range applicable to the classification of the employee(s) then the maintenance provision at clause 234 would apply.
  5. Where an employee requests, in writing, to perform work temporarily at a lower classification level, the Director-General may determine in writing that the employee will be paid a rate of salary applicable to the lower level for the period specified in the request.
  6. Where an employee reduces to a lower classification, salary will be determined by the Director-General as though service at salary points which exceeded the minimum of the lower classification was service in the lower classification.
  7. Non-ongoing employees engaged for duties that are irregular or intermittent will receive a loading of 20% of base salary in lieu of all paid leave entitlements (except long service leave) and payments for public holidays (unless the employee works the public holiday, in which case they will receive their base rate of pay which includes the 20% loading).
  8. Where an employee’s salary is set at an incorrect pay point within the applicable classification level (e.g. because of an administrative error) the Director-General may allocate the employee a new pay point.

Supported Wage System

  1. Supported wage rates will apply to an employee with a disability who is eligible for consideration under the Supported Wage System as set out in Appendix E.

Interagency movement facilitation

  1. At the discretion of the Director-General, a person moving to the Archives whose salary in their previous agency (current salary) exceeds the current maximum of the relevant classification level in this Agreement will be maintained on the current salary until such time as their salary is absorbed by the Archives’ pay increases.

Cadet APS rates

  1. Cadet APS employees will be paid 57% of the APS Level 3 classification minimum adult rate of pay while undertaking full-time study. Refer to Appendix B.

Payment of salary

  1. Employees will be paid fortnightly and the fortnightly rate of pay will be based on the following formula:
    • Fortnightly pay = (Annual salary divided by 313) multiplied by 12

Method of payment

  1. Employees will have their fortnightly salary paid in arrears by electronic funds transfer into an eligible financial institution account of their choice.

Salary packaging

  1. Salary packaging will be available to employees on a salary sacrifice basis at no cost to the Archives. There will be no limit to the proportion of salary that employees can elect to sacrifice. Further information on salary packaging can be found in the service provider’s Salary Packaging Information Guide.
  2. Salary is defined as the employee's salary prior to any salary sacrifice. Salary sacrifice will be taken to include participation in workplace giving or charitable contributions/donations schemes with recognised charities.


  1. The Archives will make compulsory employer contributions as required by the applicable legislation and fund requirements.
  2. Employer contributions for the PSS Accumulation Plan (PSSap) will be 15.4% of an employee’s ordinary time earnings. Employer contributions for employees in other accumulation superannuation schemes will be at the same rate as for the PSSap. This will not be reduced by any other contributions made through salary sacrifice arrangements. This clause does not apply where a superannuation fund cannot accept employer superannuation contributions (e.g. unable to accept contributions for people aged over 75).
  3. Where an employee is eligible to be a member of the PSSap and the employee is approved for paid or unpaid Parental Leave (which includes Maternity, Adoption, Foster and unpaid Parental Leave) the Archives will pay the employer superannuation contribution.
  4. The Director- General will limit superannuation choice to complying superannuation funds that allow employee and/or employer contributions to be paid through fortnightly electronic funds transfer using a file generated by the Archives’ payroll system.

Payment on death

  1. Where an employee dies, or the Director-General presumes that an employee has died on a particular date, the Director-General may authorise the payment of the amount to which the former employee would have been entitled had the employee ceased employment on resignation or retirement. Long Service Leave credits will be paid out in accordance with the Long Service Leave Act (Commonwealth Employees) 1976. Payment may be made to dependants or the partner of the former employee or the former employee’s legal personal representative. If a payment has not been made within 12 months of the former employee’s death, it should be paid to the legal personal representative.

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