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Monday, 14 October 2002
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Senator Sherry asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, 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 Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I am advised by my department as follows:

(1) Contributions to either the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) or the Public Sector Superannuation (PSS) Scheme are based on an employees base salary plus any allowances that are recognised under the Superannuation Act 1976 for CSS members or the Superannuation Act 1990 for PSS members. A Comsuper Form S17A, “Certificate in Respect of an Allowance” is completed for all allowances recognised for superannuation purposes and the procedure is subject to an annual internal audit.

(2) The department does not allow employees to opt out of the arrangements outlined in 1 above.