26 September 2023

DPC policy enforces PS pay rise

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The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has issued an updated wages policy for all NSW Public Servants, implementing the three per cent pay increase offered by the State.

In the NSW Public Sector Wages Policy 2022, DPC said renumeration increases of up to three per cent were available for this financial year and 2023-24.

However, DPC said this would revert to increases of up to 2.5 per cent per annum for 2024-25 and the following years.

“An additional 0.5 per cent increase may be available in FY2023-24 where a substantial employee contribution has been made to productivity enhancing reforms,” DPC said.

“Proposals to increase remuneration or other conditions of employment that do not increase employee related costs by more than 3.0 per cent per annum may be approved by the Senior Officials Wages Advisory Committee convened by the Department of Premier and Cabinet,” it said.

“Increases in remuneration or other conditions of employment that increase employee related costs by more than 3.0 per cent per annum can only be considered where sufficient employee related cost savings have been achieved to fully offset the increased employee related costs and requires the approval of the Cabinet Standing Committee on Expenditure Review.”

DPC said Agencies should refer to the detail of the Policy whenever considering changes to remuneration or conditions of employment of public sector employees, “whether or not they are to be included in formal industrial instruments and should contact Employee Relations in the Department of Premier and Cabinet when contemplating such changes.”

It said all Public Service Agencies, Departments, Executive Agencies and Independent Statutory Bodies were required to comply with the Policy.

“State Owned Corporations including their subsidiaries are strongly encouraged to adopt the terms of the Policy and include a commitment to do so within their Statement of Corporate Intent,” the Department said.

DPC’s six-page Wages Policy can be accessed at this PS News link.

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