The Electoral Commissioner’s section 24(1) Determination provides remuneration increases to eligible staff covered by the Enterprise Agreement on 1 December 2021 and 1 December 2022.
Due to the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has given a clear direction that while many Australians are facing significant economic hardship, it would not be appropriate for those serving the public to be receiving wage increases.
Non-SES (and equivalent) general wage increases falling due between 14 April 2020 and 13 April 2021 are to be paused for six months from the intended date of the increase. This includes salary and allowance adjustments provided under Enterprise Agreements, section 24(1) determinations and IFAs.
Noting the AEC had a pay increase scheduled in November 2020, this increase must be delayed by 6 months (i.e. until May 2021). The wage pause applies to the annual salary adjustment (i.e. the 2% increase), it does not prevent higher duties or increment adjustments based on performance.
SES (and equivalent) pay increases continue to be paused indefinitely.