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Determination - 22 March 2006

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Remuneration of Commissioners of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission

Section 6(1)(e) of the Salaries and Allowances Act 1975

Section 6(1)(e) of the Salaries and Allowances Act 1975 (The Act) requires the Tribunal, at intervals of not more than twelve months, to enquire into and determine the remuneration to be paid to the Chief Commissioner, Senior Commissioner and Commissioners of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) and members of the Anti-Corruption Commission. 

BACKGROUND

The Tribunal’s last determination of the remuneration of the members of the WAIRC was issued on the 23rd of March 2005.

CURRENT ENQUIRY

As part of  conducting its current enquiry, the Tribunal placed an advertisement in “The West Australian” newspaper of the 22nd of December 2005 and on its official website calling for submissions from interested persons and organisations. It also wrote directly to the Chief Commissioner informing him of its current enquiry and inviting a submission.

The Tribunal received submissions from  the Government and the WAIRC.

SUBMISSIONS

Some of the main issues submitted to the Tribunal are outlined below.

  • Support for remuneration increases that are fair, equitable and economically sustainable.
  • Commitment to maintaining the real value of wages in the public sector within each occupational group.
  • Consideration of economic and other relevant indices.
  • Consideration of interstate relativities.

CONSIDERATIONS

The Tribunal has enquired about the impact of the Commonwealth’s Work Choices legislation on the work of the WAIRC and is satisfied that there is no impact at this time.

In its deliberations on the Commissioners’ remuneration rates, the Tribunal has given consideration to the submissions and a range of economic and other indices, as is its practice in all its determinations. These have included the latest relevant data issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, such as the 2005 December Quarter Consumer Price Index and the 2005 September Quarter Labour Price Index.  It also has considered the Western Australian Wage Cost Index and Consumer Price Index for 2005 and the Government’s current Wages Policy.  The Tribunal has been mindful of increases received by other officeholders under its jurisdiction over the past twelve months.

DETERMINATION

The Tribunal has considered all of the information available to it in formulating this determination on the remuneration of the Commissioners of the WAIRC.

The Tribunal, accordingly, pursuant to section 6(1)(e) of the Salaries and Allowances Act 1975, determines the Commissioners of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission will receive an increase of: 4.1 per cent in remuneration with effect from the 1st of May 2006 as set out in the attached Schedule.

The determination will now issue.

Signed at Perth this 22nd day of March 20062.

Professor M C Wood J A S Mews M L Nadebaum
CHAIRMAN MEMBER MEMBER


SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES TRIBUNAL

 

SCHEDULE

DETERMINATION MADE ON THE REMUNERATION OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION

1. Salaries

1.1   Chief Commissioner $259,898 per annum. 

1.2   Senior Commissioner $246,903 per annum.                                                                             

1.3   Commissioner $233,909 per annum.                                                                 

2. Motor Vehicles

The following arrangements apply to the entitlement of each Commissioner to the provision of a fully maintained motor vehicle for business and private use.

2.1   The Chief Commissioner is entitled to the provision of a prestige vehicle, selected from the Government's Common Use Contract no. 012A1994, Items 1008 (Prestige Class) and 1009 (Restricted Prestige Class), as amended from time to time.

2.2   The Senior Commissioner and Commissioners are entitled to the provision of a prestige vehicle selected from Item 1008 (Prestige Class), as amended from time to time.

2.3   Vehicles with supercharged or V8 engines are not included.

2.4   The Chief Commissioner, Senior Commissioner and Commissioners may choose any vehicle and accessories in the Common Use Contract the total cost of which does not exceed the maximum cost of accessing a vehicle to which an entitlement exists in the relevant Prestige Class.

The total cost will be based on individual usage patterns. Each lease should be tailored to achieve the most cost-effective arrangement. The maximum lease term will be two years. The total cost may include any standard accessories, including a tow bar and for the Chief Commissioner, who is entitled to a prestige vehicle selected from Item 1009, a sunroof.

Where the total cost of the chosen vehicle and accessories exceeds the maximum cost of accessing a vehicle to which an entitlement exists in the relevant Prestige Class, the additional cost must be borne by the individual.  This includes the purchase cost of accessories, the installation cost and removal costs if required before disposal of the vehicle.

2.5   The Chief Commissioner must approve the selection of the vehicle for the Senior Commissioner and Commissioners.

2.6   The Chief Commissioner must approve that the provision of a 4-wheel drive vehicle is substantiated by operational need.

2.7   All vehicles (being part of the Government-owned State Fleet) should be managed in accordance with the policies and conditions established and amended from time to time by the Department of Treasury and Finance (the effective owner of the State Fleet).  Applicable terms and conditions are currently set out in the document, "State Fleet - Agency General Agreement".

2.8   Selection of appropriate vehicles should be subject to consultation between the Chief Commissioner and the Department of the Registrar of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (as the department administratively supporting the Commission and therefore the "Agency" responsible for managing the leasing arrangements for vehicles provided to Commissioners of the WAIRC).

Although the cost of the vehicles is centrally funded, as a consequence of the vehicle being an emolument recommended under the Salaries and Allowances Act 1975, it remains an administrative responsibility of the Department of the Registrar of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to manage.

Signed at Perth this 22nd day of March 2006.

Professor M C Wood J A S Mews M L Nadebaum
CHAIRMAN MEMBER MEMBER


SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES TRIBUNAL

 

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.