State Wage Case 2016 - Increases to Allowances and Trainee Wages from 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017

22 August 2016

The following increases in the Award rates have now been made effective from first full pay period on or after 1 July 2016.

These increases were awarded by the Full Bench of the SA Industrial Relations Commission (IRCSA) in the 2016 State Wage Case, following the application of SA Unions and the PSA.

The IRCSA ordered an increase in the State Minimum Award Wage to $672.70 per week (an increase of $15.80 per week); an increase in award rates of pay including Trainee Wages; and an increase to allowances of 2.4%.

This is a flow-on of the minimum wage increase awarded by the federal Fair Work Commission in its 2016 Annual Wage Review.

ALLOWANCE INCREASES  (previous rates for 1 July 2015 then 30 June 2016 in brackets)

Motor Vehicle Allowance  -  89 cents (87) 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  -  $15.35 (15.00) per week

Dental Assistants Radiography Allowance  -  $777 (758) per annum.

Recreation Leave Loading Award  -  $853.90 (833.90) from first pay period on or after 1 July 2016. 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 of $853.90 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 applies to shift workers.

Part-time Interpreters or Translators (Public Service) (SA) Award.
Linguistic Allowance $853 (833) per annum

Protective Security Officer Transition Allowance - $1,249.60 (1,220.30)

Protective Officer Security Allowance - $1,874.35 (1,830.40)

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 $625 (610) per annum.

Handling Badly Decomposed Body  -  $27.15 (26.51) per body

Fisheries 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 – 3                        $186.00 (182.00)
OPS – 4                        $212.00 (207.00)
OPS – 5/OPS – 6        $228.00 (223.00)

Other Vessels

OPS – 3                       $118.00 (115.00)
OPS – 4                       $123.00 (120.00)
OPS – 5/OPS - 6        $125.00 (122.00)

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 $343 (335) 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 $582 (568) per annum.

Diving Allowance
An employee who is an experienced diver in addition to his/her ordinary rate will be paid an allowance of $38.20 (37.30) 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) $27.85 (27.20) 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%. Increased to 25% on 1/07/2014.

On Call Allowance
These were increased through the 2014 Enterprise Agreement (EA) by 2.5% per annum.

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 1/10/2014

First full pay period on or after 1/10/2015

First full pay period on or after 1/10/2016

Monday-Friday

$29.95

$30.70

$31.45


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 1/10/2014

First full pay period on or after 1/10/2015

First full pay period on or after 1/10/2016

Weekends/Public Holidays/Rostered Days Off

$52.35

$53.65

$55.00


These rates override those in the award, which no longer apply.

N.B. Different arrangements apply to Correctional Officers in respect to Call Backs.

Safety Net Award
With the introduction of Enterprise Bargaining, Awards became the safety net. Salaries and allowances are increased every year by the IRC in the State Wage Case, but the salaries and any allowances in the relevant Enterprise Agreement (EA) override these.

Trainee Wages
The EA, at Clause 4.3.23 excludes trainees.
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
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 per week.

Wage from 1/07/2016                                                   Highest Year of Schooling Completed

 

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

 

$

$

$

School Leaver

242 (50%)*

302 (33%)

 

 

282 (33%)

339 (25%)

 

 

309

339

407

Plus 1 year out of school

339

407

470

Plus 2 years out of school

407

470

549

Plus 3 years out of school

470

549

628

Plus 4 years out of school

549

628

 

Plus 5 or more years

628

 

 


Applicable Awards
The following Awards increases will apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2016. Retrospectivity will apply.

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)
Public Service (Recreational Leave Loading) Award

Copies of these awards are available on the PSA website.

Other Increases

Travelling Allowances; Meal Allowances; and Incidental Expenses were last increased from 22 December 2015, in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and should be next increased from the first pay period on or after 23 December 2016. They can be viewed here.

For any further enquiries please contact Senior Industrial Officer Ian D Peak by email at ian@cpsu.asn.au or by phone on (08) 8205 3294.