Annual Allowance Increases Applicable for 2019

10 July 2019

The following meal allowances have been increased in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the four quarters to September 2018. The CPI increase is 1.8% for Adelaide. Interstate allowances increase by 1.9% (weighted average of capital cities).

INDUSTRIAL INSTRUMENTS
Allowances are increased in Determination 3.2 of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment. The SA Public Sector Salaried Employees Interim Award; and the Medical Scientists (South Australian Public Sector) Award. Not all allowances are in the Awards, and some allowances in the Awards are not in Commissioners Determination 3.2. The following are the most used allowances.

OPERATIVE DATES
The new rates are payable from the first full pay period on or after 22 December 2018. The old rates are shown below in brackets. The increases were published in Commissioner's Determination 3.2 on 18 April 2019. The Determination may be accessed from the Office of Public Employment website (link). The applications to increase rates in the following Awards were made and approved by the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) in June 2019.

  •  SA Public Sector Salaried Employees Interim Award (SAPSSEI)
  •  Medical Scientists (South Australian Public Sector) Award


The minutes of the Awards were settled on 5 July 2019.

TRAVEL ALLOWANCES

Allowances are amounts paid to cover anticipated costs or as a compensation for conditions of employment. They are not a reimbursement as they are not exact compensation for the expenses incurred. Wherever practicable they should be paid in advance.

Allowances for meals and incidentals:

N.B. Tax invoices or receipts are not required.

Meal allowances

(a) Travel within South Australia

CPI Increase 1.8%.

(i) Where absent overnight: New rate                         Old rate (From 22/12/17 – 21/12/18)

Breakfast                            $19.00                              ($18.65)
Lunch                                 $19.00                               ($18.65)
Dinner                                $39.15                               ($38.45)
Incidentals                          $7.90                                 ($7.75)

(ii) Where not absent from headquarters overnight:

Breakfast                          $16.45                                ($16.15)
Lunch                               N/A                                      N/A
Dinner                             $23.40                                 ($23.00)

(b) Interstate Travel

CPI Increase 1.9%.

The allowances for travel interstate have been increased to the following amounts:

(i) For capital cities and Alice Springs:

                                         New rate                        Old rate (From 22/12/17 – 21/12/18)

Breakfast                          $24.90                            ($24.45)
Lunch                                $24.90                           ($24.45)
Dinner                               $45.35                           ($44.55)
Incidentals                         $13.20                           ($12.95)

(ii) Interstate – Other than capital cities and Alice Springs:

Breakfast                        $18.80                              ($18.45)
Lunch                             $18.80                              ($18.45)
Dinner                            $38.65                              ($37.95)
Incidentals                      $13.20                              ($12.95)

Time of travel

Eligibility for meal allowances is as per Clause 8.4 of the SA Public Sector Salaried Employees Interim Award, and Clause 5.4.1.1 Medical Scientists Award.

INCIDENTAL ALLOWANCES - RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS

CPI Increase by 1.9%.

1. An incidentals expense allowance of $28.30 ($27.80) per (course) day will be paid to employees attending residential programs of more than two weeks' duration.

2. Employees attending residential programs conducted over a period of two weeks or less will be paid an incidental expense allowance of $13.35 ($13.10) per (course) day.

N.B. Tax invoices or receipts not required

3. Incidental expenditure in excess of these daily rates may be assessed and approved by Chief Executive Officers, providing the expenses have been actually and necessarily incurred and adequate justification is provided.

ACCOMMODATION ALLOWANCE

Allowances towards the cost of accommodation at other than bona fide hotels, motels or boarding houses. All South Australia and interstate $37.00 per night. (No change)

N.B. This amount is an allowance. It is not a reimbursement. Tax invoices or receipts therefore are not required, and as the allowance is to pay “anticipated cost” it should, where possible, be paid in advance. This allowance is in Commissioners Determination 3.2 but not in the Awards.

TEA MONEY – MEAL ALLOWANCE

These were increased by the CPI increase of 1.8% as per clauses 5.3.1.2 of the SA Public Sector Salaried Employees (Interim) Award and 5.3.1.3 of the Medical Scientists Awards, applicable from the first full pay period on or after 22 December 2018.

1. “Any employee, who by direction of the employer, commences duty two hours or more before, and/or ceases duty two hours or more after the employee's normal time of commencement or

cessation of duty, where such additional duty necessitates taking a meal away from the employee's place of residence, is to be paid an allowance for the meal at the rate of $18.00 ($17.70) for an evening meal, and at the rate of $12.60 ($12.40) for any other meal.

2. Any employee, who by direction of the employer, is required to perform duty extending beyond a meal break on a Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday on which the employee would not normally be required, and who is not entitled to payment for that meal break, is to be paid an allowance for each meal necessarily taken away from the employee's place of residence at the rate of $18.00 ($17.70) for an evening meal and at the rate of $12.60 ($12.40) for any other meal. However, the employee is not to be paid meal allowances for Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday work that is a normal feature of the employee's employment.

3. The meal allowance will not apply where an agency supplies a meal (without charge) to an employee. Where an agency supplies a meal for which a charge is made the meal allowance payable to the employee must not exceed the amount charged by the agency for that meal.

4. Meal allowances are to be paid in addition to any payment for overtime”.

This allowance is not in Commissioners Determination 3.2.

FISHERIES OFFICERS

CPI increase of 1.8%.

An officer whilst at sea and absent from home overnight if required to provide his/her own meals will be paid a victualling allowance of $34.10 ($33.50) and if required to provide blankets a further $4.40 ($4.30). (SAPSSEI Award clause 5.3.13.4).

Accommodation or Meals Provided by the Government Clause 8.5 (SAPSSEI Award)

8.5.1 If employees are accommodated in quarters, cubicles, or other Government owned premises, the reimbursement of expenses will be the amount (if any) charged to the employees for such facilities.

8.5.2 Employees who are accommodated in such facilities will, in addition to any reimbursement of actual charges under 8.5.1, be paid the following allowances where appropriate.

8.5.3 Where employees are required to provide their own food, an allowance of $34.10 (33.50) per day.

8.5.4 Where employees are required to use their own bedding, tea towels and eating utensils, an allowance of $4.40 ($4.30)

8.5.5 Where employees are required to use any other items not included in 8.5.4, an allowance of $6.10 ($6.00).

2019 State Wage Case
SA Unions and the PSA met with the President of SAET on Monday 1 July for a directions hearing. The application for the unions is for a 3% increase to allowances in the awards (non food related) including the Public Service (Recreational Leave Loading) Award from 1 July 2019. The government has objected to the maximum in the Recreational Leave Loading award being increased as the 1 July 2018 increase of $30 (to $912.97) is subject to their appeal in the Supreme Court. Trainee wages in Awards are also increased by the State Wage Case. This is a flow on of the 3% awarded by the Australian Fair Work Commission.

The awards can be viewed at www.saet.sa.gov.au and Commissioner's Determination at www.publicsector.sa.gov.au.