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Thursday, 26 September 2002
Page: 5080


Senator Sherry asked the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, upon notice, on 30 August 2002:

(1) For each department within the Minister's portfolio, how is superannuation calculated (ie. is the superannuation entitlement calculated on base salary and other income payments, such as overtime allowance or performance bonuses, or on base salary alone).

(2) If the department calculates superannuation on a broader basis, by incorporating all income payments in the calculation of superannuation entitlements, but allows employees to opt out of this arrangement so as to reduce the base upon which superannuation is calculated, what proportion of employees do this.


Senator Alston (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) For employees of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, superannuation entitlement is generally calculated on base salary. The only allowances that are recognised for superannuation purposes are:

· the allowance payable to Departmental Liaison Officers working in the Minister's office;

· the allowance payable to qualified employees undertaking the role of First Aid Officers within the Department; and

· Higher Duties Allowance, where that allowance has been payable for a continuous period in excess of twelve (12) months or is certified by the delegate as expected to be payable for a continuous period in excess of twelve months.

(2) There is no provision for employees to opt out of this arrangement.