On Friday 8 June 2018, the
Fair Work Commission's Full Bench issued a Statement setting out a number of its intentions regarding wage issues in advance of making a Workplace Determination for the Department of Home Affairs.
The Department is pleased by the Commission's expediency in issuing this Statement, only a few short weeks after the hearings closed on 17 April 2018.
This Statement is entirely consistent with what was flagged at the last hearing day on 17 April 2018. At this hearing, the Full Bench sought views on whether the parties would support a decision delivered in two parts, with the first part being a decision regarding pay outcomes.
The Department responded positively to this at that time.
In summary, this Statement sets out the following:
- A wage increase of 4 per cent, with effect from 8 June 2018.
- No back pay.
- 7.5 hour working day (37.5 hour week).
- A further wage increase of 3 per cent, with effect twelve months after the commencement of a Workforce Determination.
- A nominal expiry of two years after the date of commencement.
- Salary advancement of 3 per cent.
- Minimum 4 per cent increase on promotion.
- Top of each classification range to be reset, based on the higher of the salary scales for each classification as set out in the Customs or Department of Immigration and Citizenship Enterprise Agreements.
The Commission continues to reserve its position on allowances.
The Full Bench has noted in its Statement that it will make the Workforce Determination 'as quickly as possible'.
The Department is committed to giving effect to the pay increase as soon as possible and looks forward to the Determination from the Commission.