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Monday, 21 May 2018
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Dear Mr Vasta

Petition to seek public comment on public sector remuneration prior to approval

Thank you for your letter of 20 June 2017 concerning Standing Committee on Petitions - Request for all APS salary/packages to be made public - EN0174.

The setting of remuneration packages in the Commonwealth public sector is done in a number of different ways.

The Remuneration Tribunal is an expert, independent body responsible for determining the remuneration arrangements for federal Parliamentarians, judicial and non-judicial offices of federal courts and tribunals, Secretaries of Departments and holders of various pubic offices. Its decisions are publicly available and are available on its website:

The remuneration for 98 per cent of Australian public service employees is set through enterprise bargaining. These are negotiated between the employer, employees and their bargaining representatives. Most agencies publish these on their websites and all are publicly available on the Fair Work Commission's website. Agencies are also encouraged to publish remuneration information in their annual reports. The Australian Public Service Commission also publishes an annual report on the remuneration paid across the APS. It is available the public on its website:

Pay setting and negotiation is a complex process. The inclusion of a public feedback step in such processes is not practical and for processes such as enterprise bargaining, it would be inconsistent with the principles of bargaining.

Thank you for submitting this suggestion.

Yours sincerely

from the Minister for Employment, Minister for Women, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash