Assistants to Members of Parliament | Enterprise Bargaining Update | New Ballot

03 September 2019

On Monday, 2 September, 2019 at a meeting between Government representatives, the Public Service Association (PSA), Australian Services Union (ASU) and non union Liberal representatives, the government presented a new offer.

The offer is essentially the same as the previous draft Agreement, except that the operative date will be the first full pay period on or after 6 March 2019, rather than 25 May 2019.

6 March 2019 was when a letter signed by the PSA and the ASU was handed to the Government representatives at an Enterprise Bargaining Committee meeting requesting that all Assistants to MP's be balloted.

This new offer arose because a majority of Assistants to MP's rejected the previous offer. The earlier offer was rejected by four votes, with 47 envelopes eliminated as not signed at the first ballot, and then by one vote at the subsequent ballot.

This offer provides for annual salary increases (or part in the case of the first pay) of $1,500 per year, for a salary up to and including $75,000 or $1800 or 1.5% (whichever is the greater) for an annual salary of more than $75,000.

It is proposed that the salary increases are operative from:

  •  first full pay period, on or after 6 March 2019
  •  first full pay period on or after 1 October 2019
  •  first full pay period on or after 1 October 2020.
  •  Back pay to the 6 March 2019.

This is in addition to the other benefits previously advised, including:

  •  An increase of two weeks notice or payment in lieu of notice, after eight years of continuous service up to a maximum of 28 weeks
  •  An increase in paid partner leave, from five to ten days, for the birth or adoption of a child.

The ballot will be conducted by the State Electoral Office and is intended to commence on 23 September, concluding on 11 October 2019.