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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
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Senator Sherry asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, 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 Patterson (Minister for Health and Ageing) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) Superannuation is calculated on base salary and the following allowances recognised in accordance with the Superannuation (CSS) Salary Regulations 1978:

(a) Higher Duties Allowance

(b) First Aid Allowance

(c) Departmental Liaison Officer Allowance

(d) Restriction Allowance

(2) The Department of Health and Ageing does not calculate superannuation on a broader basis and does not allow staff to opt out of the superannuation arrangement.