Assistants to MPs Vote Yes for a New Enterprise Agreement

16 October 2019

The new Assistants to Members of Parliament will now be presented to the South Australian Employment Tribunal for approval following 76 – 47 vote in favour for the proposal agreement.

Number of eligible voters            192
Number of ballots returned         124
Yes                                                  76
No                                                   47
Informal                                          Nil

The operative date will be the first full pay period on or after 6 March 2019.

The approved agreement 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 other benefits, 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.