In line with the Government's reform of the SES, it has been decided that effective from the 1 July 1996, SES officers electing to take right of return to the public sector, or who are redeployed to a lower position within the SES, will not be entitled to salary maintenance to their former SES level.
Salary for officers who are eligible for and exercise right of return, should be paid in accordance with the provisions of the Public Sector Management Act 1988 Section 42R (6). In the case of redeployment, salary should be paid at the level of the position to which the officer is subsequently appointed.
SES officers who are in receipt of salary maintenance on or before 30 June 1996, will continue to receive this benefit for the full 12 months from date salary maintenance commenced.
Also, effective from the date of this Circular, all former SES officers who for whatever reason are offered redundancy while on salary maintenance, must have all redundancy payments paid at the salary rate at the level of the position to which they are appointed, ie not including any amount of salary maintenance. This includes all accrued leave entitlements and supersedes previous advice detailed in Circulars 94/12 and 94/20.
I would appreciate it if you could bring this matter to the attention of officers within your administration. The policy set out in this Circular applies to public service departments, statutory authorities and State Owned Corporations.
Any enquiries can be directed to me on (02) 228 4443.