|Function||Industrial Relations||Subject||Salaries and Wages|
On 4 July 2019, the IRC made the Crown Employees Wages Staff (Rates of Pay) Award 2019 providing increases in wages and wage related allowances of 2.5 per cent for one year from the commencement of the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019.
Agencies should process the adjustments in accordance with the attached schedule for employees who were employed from the beginning of the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2019. See the attachment to this circular - Wage Rates Tables.
Method of Adjustment
Wages - annual rates
Annual wage rates are rounded to the nearest dollar, with figures less than 50 cents going to the lower amount, and with figures 50 cents or more going to the higher amount.
Wages - weekly rates
Weekly wage rates are rounded to the nearest 10 cents, with figures less than 5 cents going to the lower amount, and figures 5 cents or more going to the higher amount. Junior rates expressed as a percentage of an adult rate retain their percentage relative to the adult rate. Junior rates other than those calculated on a percentage basis are increased by 2.5 per cent.
Wage related allowances (such as a first aid allowance) are increased by 2.5 per cent. Expense related allowances (such as travel allowance) should not be adjusted until further notice.
Weekly and daily allowance rates are rounded to the nearest 5 cents, and hourly rates are rounded to the nearest cent.
Part-time and casual employees
Where an award, agreement or determination specifies the method or formula for calculating part-time or casual rates, agencies should adjust the part-time or casual rate according to the formula. Otherwise, the existing rate should be increased by 2.5 per cent.
Employees receiving salary maintenance
Employees who are receiving salary maintenance against a wage rate subject to adjustment are to have their wages adjusted in accordance with the above directions.