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Australian Government Bargaining Framework released.

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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion Deputy Prime Minister

1 September, 2009

Media release

Australian Government Bargaining Framework Released

The Acting Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Senator Mark Arbib, has today released the new Australian Government Bargaining Framework for the Australian Public Service (APS).

The Bargaining Framework sets out Australian Government policy as it applies to workplace relations arrangements in the APS and is designed to ensure fairness and flexibility.

The recent commencement of the Fair Work Act meant that amendments to the Bargaining Framework were required to ensure consistency with the new legislation.

The Government amended the Bargaining Framework in February 2008 to end the ability of new or existing public servants to be offered Australian Workplace Agreements.

The Rudd Government believes that terms and conditions of employment which best facilitate productivity gains are determined at the enterprise level or in the case of the Commonwealth public sector, at the agency level.

The Bargaining Framework continues to enable agency heads to negotiate terms and conditions of employment at the individual agency level.

The Bargaining Framework now includes a common nominal expiry date of 30 June 2011 for all new APS enterprise agreements to facilitate a smooth transition to more streamlined arrangements.

All future pay increases will also be considered according to the revised Australian Government Bargaining Framework released today.

Government policy requires that APS pay increases must be fully offset by genuine, quantifiable productivity improvements and be affordable from within existing agency budgets.

Under the new arrangements, productivity improvements and affordability of pay increases will be subject to additional scrutiny by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Finance and Deregulation, before approval can be given to a proposed agreement.

The new arrangements apply to agreements made on or after 1 September 2009.

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