State Wage Case 2019 | Increases to Allowances and Trainee Wages | 3% From 1 July 2019

13 November 2019

The following increases in the Award rates have now been made effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019.

The increases were awarded by the Full Bench of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) on 27 October 2019 in the State Wage Case, on the application of SA Unions:

  • The State Minimum Award Wage increased to $754.30 per week. (Previously $732.30 per week).
  • Minimum amount payable under the supported wage provision be increased to $89.50 per week (previously $86.90 per week.)
  • Award rates of pay including Trainee Wages increased by 3%.
  • Allowances increased by 3%.

This is a flow-on of the minimum wage increase awarded by the federal Fair Work Commission in its 2019 Annual Wage Review.

APPLICABLE AWARDS

The Minutes for these awards were settled in the SAET on Wednesday 6 November 2019. The increases are now payable.

The increases will apply retrospectively from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019 to the following Awards.

SA Public Sector Salaried Employees Interim Award (SAPSSEI)
Medical Scientists (South Australian Public Sector Award)
Intellectual Disability Services Award
Chauffeurs (Ministerial) Public Service Award
Assistants to Members of Parliament of SA
School Services Officers (Government Schools) Awards
Aboriginal Education Workers (DECS) Award
Early Childhood Worker Award
Part-time Interpreters or Translators (Public Service (SA) Award)
Return to Work SA Award

N.B. The salaries in these awards do not apply as they are superseded by the EA Salary Schedules, however the Supported Wage Provisions and Trainees Wages do apply.

Copies of these awards are available on the PSA website here.

ALLOWANCE INCREASES (previous rates in brackets)

Motor Vehicle Allowance - 98 cents (95) per kilometre

No employee is required, under any circumstances whatsoever, to use their private vehicle for official purposes if they do not wish to do so.

First Aid Allowance - $16.90 ($16.40) per week

Dental Assistants Radiography Allowance - $856 ($831) per annum

Part-time Interpreters or Translators (Public Service) (SA) Award.

Linguistic Allowance $939 ($912) per annum

Protective Security Officer Transition Allowance - $1,376.15 ($1,336.05)

Protective Security Officer Qualification Allowance - $2,064.05 ($2,003.95)

Academic Allowance

An employee who is classified as ASO1 and who prior to 1 June 1991 was in receipt of an academic allowance will continue to be paid an allowance of $689 ($669) per annum.

Handling Badly Decomposed Body - $29.90 ($29.03) per body

Fisheries Officers Allowances

Clause 5.3.13 of the SA Public Sector Salaried Employees Interim Award (SAPSSEI) applies.

Commercial vessel in excess of 12 metres in length

OPS – 1 $152.00 ($148.00)

OPS – 2 $175.00 ($170.00)

OPS – 3 $205.00 ($199.00)

OPS – 4 $234.00 ($227.00)

OPS – 5/OPS – 6 $251.00 ($244.00)

Other Vessels

OPS – 1 $98.00 ($95.00)

OPS – 2 $112.00 ($109.00)

OPS – 3 $130.00 ($126.00)

OPS – 4 $135.00 ($131.00)

OPS – 5/OPS - 6 $138.00 ($134.00)

Subject to sub clause 5.3.13.8, Fisheries Officers, who as part of their normal duties, are required to hold a Coxswain's Certificate shall be paid an allowance of $377 ($366) per annum.

Subject to sub clause 5.3.13.8, Fisheries Officers, who as part of their normal duties, are required to hold a Master Class V Certificate of Competency shall be paid an allowance of $641 ($622) per annum.

Diving Allowances
An employee who is an experienced diver in addition to his/her ordinary rate will be paid an allowance of $42.10 ($40.85) per week.

Where an employee on any day performs work as a Supervising Diver (unless this employee dives on that day in which event entitlement will be paid at the rate for an experienced diver only) $30.65 ($29.75) per day.

Further diving allowances as per clause 5.3.17 SAPSSEI Award.

Casual Loading 25%
In the 2011 State Wage Case, the PSA achieved a phased-in increase of the casual loading from 20% to 25%. The rate was increased to 25% on 1 July 2014. Casuals are defined in the awards and the Public Sector Act 2009 as “a person engaged on the basis that the employment will continue for not more than four weeks, OR will have hours that are irregular OR do not exceed 15 hours per week”.

On Call Allowances
The allowances in the awards do not apply. On call allowances were increased through the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 (the EA) and are as follows:

Employees who are rostered to be on call of a night time will be paid an allowance for each night as follows:

On Call Allowance
First full pay period on or after 1/10/2017
First full pay period on or after 1/10/2018
First full pay period on or after 1/10/2019
Monday-Friday
$32.15
$32.90
$33.65


Employees who are rostered to be on call during a full Saturday, Sunday or public holiday or any day that the employee would normally be rostered off duty, will be paid an allowance per day as follows:

On Call Allowance
First full pay period on or after 1/10/2017
First full pay period on or after 1/10/2018
First full pay period on or after 1/10/2019
Weekends/Public Holidays/Rostered Days Off
$56.25
$57.55
$58.85


Safety Net Award
With the introduction of Enterprise Bargaining, awards became the safety net. Salaries and allowances are increased every year in the State Wage Case, but the salaries and any allowances in the relevant Enterprise Agreement over-ride these. Under Section 73 of the Public Sector Act the increases must be applied at the rates and dates in the award or Enterprise Agreement.

Trainee Wages
Clause 4.3 of the EA excludes trainees (unless other arrangements are made). Therefore the Traineeship Rates under the Award apply. There are three levels. Wage Level A, Wage Level B and Wage Level C, as well as School-Based Traineeships and Part-time Trainees. The trainee wage most applicable to the Public Sector is Wage Level A.

S6.8.4 Weekly Wage Level A (S.A. Public Sector Salaried Employees Interim Award)
Where the Accredited Training course and work performed are for the purpose of generating skills, which have been defined for work at Wage Level A.

Wage from 1/07/2018                                                          Highest Year of Schooling Completed


Year 10
Year 11
Year 12

$
$
$
School Leaver 267 (50%)*
333 (33%)


310 (33%)
373 (25%)  

340
373
448
Plus 1 year out of school
373
448
518
Plus 2 years out of school
448
518
605
Plus 3 years out of school
518
605
692
Plus 4 years out of school
605 692
Plus 5 or more years 692


Recreation Leave Loading Award
This allowance has yet to be increased as the PSA and SA Unions are in dispute with the State Government about the rate to increase. The Government has proposed an increase of 2.0% per annum instead of 3.5% from 1 July 2018 and 3% from 1 July 2019. The Government is attempting to change the methodology which has been accepted by previous governments, unions and tribunals for over 40 years. This will not affect shift workers, for example Correctional Officers, who will continue to be paid the penalties and allowances payable had they not been on leave.

The Award stipulates that an employee is to be paid 17.5% (or 20% if employed as a shift worker or seven day a week worker) of salary up to a maximum amount for any one full entitlement of annual leave OR the allowances and penalties payable had the employee not been on leave during the relevant period, whichever is the greater. No ceiling therefore applies to shift workers.

The current “maximum” comes in at the ASO3 level for non shift workers. This means that all those (non shift workers) at or above ASO4, OPS4, AHP1/3, PO 1/3, MeS 1/3 TGO2/1 currently receive $882.10. The issue is presently before the SAET with the PSA advocating on your behalf.

As advised previously the State Government wanted the “maximum” recreational leave loading on the 2018 State Wage Case to be only 2%. The unions wanted the 3.5% awarded for other allowances. SAET awarded the 3.5% on 1 May 2019 and the Government has appealed to the Supreme Court.

The following has now been inserted in the award:

NOTE: On 19/08/2019 SAET stayed the operation of this clause 1.5:

Pursuant to s69(2) of the South Australian Employment Tribunal Act 2014, the declaration and orders of 1 May 2019 are stayed pending the Full Court of the Supreme Court of South Australia making orders that finally determine and dispose of the appeal instituted by the SA Government in action number SCCIV 528 of 2019: The treasurer for the State of South Australia and the Chief Executive, Department of Premier and Cabinet v United Trades and Labor Council of South Australia (Trading as SA Unions) (“the appeal proceedings”).

That the Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance as the current declared employer of public sector employees under the Fair Work Act 1994, and any other public sector employing entity of South Australia, be relieved from any obligation and not required, to give effect to the declaration and orders of 1 May 2019 (including the effect of any amendments made to any Award pursuant to Order D) until such time as the Full Court of the Supreme Court of South Australia makes orders that finally determine and dispose of the appeal proceedings.”

This means the maximum awarded for 1 July 2017, i.e. $882.20 currently applies.

If the unions’ position is agreed to it will go up to $912.97 on 1 July 2018 and $940.36 on 1 July 2019.

If the Government position of 2% is accepted by the Supreme Court the maximum will go up to $899.84 on 1 July 2018 and then $917.84 on 1 July 2019. This affects only non shift workers at or above ASO4, OPS4, TGO2/1, AHP1/3, MeS1/3.

Shift workers receive the penalties they would have got if they were working. No ceiling applies.

Other Allowance Increases
Travelling Allowances, Meal Allowances, and Incidental Expenses were last increased from 22 December 2018 in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). These allowances should next be increased from the first pay period on or after 23 December 2019.

For any further enquiries please contact the PSA Members’ Rights Hotline by phone on
(08) 8205 3227.