Salary increases are limited by the Federal Government's ‘Workplace Bargaining Policy’. The Policy sets a 2% per annum average on Federal Government Departments and Agencies salary increases
We acknowledge that the EA and ELEA are far from perfect and have quite a few imbalances. Unfortunately, in Australia’s current fiscal climate, we believe that now isn’t the time to go into bargaining. By bargaining, we risk losing the maximum pay rise of 2%, along with other conditions.
The only other option to move forward is via bargaining. By bargaining, we risk losing the maximum pay rise of 2% (along with other conditions). The Workplace Bargaining Policy is not your friend, and it is a possibility that the Federal Government could change the maximum pay increase to a smaller amount. [...]
No, the two go hand-in-hand. To receive your 2% pay rise, you’ll need to accept the wage freeze. This has already been approved by the Federal Government.
No, this has been rejected by the Federal Government.
Why is the Federal Government imposing the wage freeze outside of its own timeframes as per its Determination?
That is a good question and one that neither the Federal Government nor the APSC has been able to answer.