State Wage Case 2018 Increases to Allowances and Trainee Wages – 3.5% From 1 July 2018

03 October 2018

The following increases in the Award rates have now been made effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2018. The increases were awarded by the Full Bench of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) on 5 September 2018 in the State Wage Case, on the application of SA Unions:

  • The State Minimum Award Wage increased to $732.30 per week. (Previously $707.50 per week).
  • Minimum amount payable under the supported wage provision be increased to $86.90 per week.
  • Award rates of pay including Trainee Wages of 3.5%.
  • Allowances of 3.5%.



This is a flow-on of the minimum wage increase awarded by the federal Fair Work Commission in its 2018 Annual Wage Review.


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% instead of 3.5%. 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.

ALLOWANCE INCREASES (previous rates in brackets)

Motor Vehicle Allowance - 95 cents (92) 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 - $16.40 (15.85) per week

Dental Assistants Radiography Allowance - $831 (803) per annum

Part-time Interpreters or Translators (Public Service) (SA) Award. Linguistic Allowance $912 (881) per annum

Protective Security Officer Transition Allowance - $1,336.05 (1,290.85)

Protective Security Officer Qualification Allowance - $2,003.95 (1,936.20)

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 $669 (646) per annum.

Handling Badly Decomposed Body - $29.03 (28.05) 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 – 3 $199.00 (192.00)
OPS – 4 $227.00 (219.00)
OPS – 5/OPS – 6 $244.00 (236.00)

Other Vessels
OPS – 3 $126.00 (122.00)
OPS – 4 $131.00 (127.00)
OPS – 5/OPS - 6 $134.00 (129.00)

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 $366 (354) 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 $622 (601) per annum.

Diving Allowances
An employee who is an experienced diver in addition to his/her ordinary rate will be paid an allowance of $40.85 (39.45) 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) $29.75 (28.75) 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 1/07/2014. 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).

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.115604

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 per week.


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

 

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

 

$

$

$

School Leaver

259 (50%)*

323 (33%)

 

 

301 (33%)

362 (25%)

 

 

330

362

435

Plus 1 year out of school

362

435

503

Plus 2 years out of school

435

503

587

Plus 3 years out of school

503

587

672

Plus 4 years out of school

587

672

 

Plus 5 or more years

672

 

 



APPLICABLE AWARDS
The Minutes for these awards were settled in the SAET on Tuesday 25 September 2018. The increases are now payable.

The increases will apply retrospectively from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2018 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 – click here.

Other Increases
Travelling Allowances, Meal Allowances, and Incidental Expenses were last increased from 22 December 2017 in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). These allowances should next be increased from the first pay period on or after 23 December 2018.

For any further enquiries please contact the PSA Members’ Rights Hotline.