Fahcsia Enterprise Agreement

Following the introduction of flexibility agreements, the number of Australian company agreements outside the SES increased from 310 in 2008/2009 to 52 in 2009/2010. In 2009-2010, the department implemented a unique compensation model for salary negotiations to attract, retain and reward highly valued non-SES. The compensation model has been implemented through individual agreements under the flexibility clause of the Department`s collective agreement and replaces various compensation agreements that over time have been included in different industrial instruments, including Australian company agreements. The Department provides workers with a range of wage benefits under the collective agreement, Australian company agreements and other individual industrial instruments (Table 15.1). The agreement applies to all non-SES staff members in the department and aims to ensure that SES staff receive a performance allowance, while non-SES staff are entitled to the special salary verification system provided for in the company agreement. As of June 30, 2011, 37 staff members have received additional salaries under this program. Performance costs were paid to employees of SES Band 1, SES Band 2 and SES Band 3, as shown in Table 4.10. As of 30 June 2010, 61 SES employees were covered by Australian corporate agreements. In 2010-2011, SES`s Australian enterprise agreements will be replaced by individual provisions, in accordance with section 24(1) of the Public Utilities Act 1999. The Commonwealth Disability Strategy has been overtaken by a new National Disability Strategy which sets out a ten-year national policy framework to improve the lives of Australians with disabilities, their families and guardians. A high-level report on monitoring the progress of persons with disabilities at the national level will be prepared by the State Council on Community, Housing and Disability Services at the Council of Australian Governments and will be available under www.fahcsia.gov.au. The measurement and reporting strategy adopted by the government in December 2009 to measure and report on social inclusion will also include some reports on disability in its regular report ”How Australia is Faring” and, where appropriate, in indicators of policy change in the agencies` annual reports. For more details on social inclusion, see www.socialinclusion.gov.au.

The proposed programmes ensure that staff have the right skills to achieve the main results of their performance agreements and develop their careers. . . .

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