Siege of attrition: the Government's APS Bargaining Policy

30 November 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-496-2

View the report as a single document - (PDF 803KB)
View the corrigendum - (PDF 62KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Chapter 1 (PDF 26KB)

Inquiry terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Notes on references

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 87KB)

Enterprise bargaining in the APS
Background to the current bargaining dispute
Timeline of the current bargaining dispute
Committee view

Chapter 3 - Annual cap on pay increases (PDF 70KB)

APS and private sector remuneration
Economic outlook over the bargaining period
Wage profile of staff in the Department of Human Services
Pay disparities across the APS
Committee view

Chapter 4 - The wage freeze (PDF 31KB)

Committee view

Chapter 5 - Wage increases must be completely offset by productivity gains (PDF 30KB)

Committee view

Chapter 6 - The no 'enhancements' rule (PDF 60KB)

Committee view

Chapter 7 - 'Streamlining': shifting conditions to policy documents (PDF 52KB)

Committee view

Chapter 8 - 'The most divisive and least productive bargaining round in 30 years' (PDF 49KB)

Committee view

Chapter 9 - Adverse impacts on APS staff morale (PDF 40KB)

Committee view

Chapter 10 - Concluding comments (PDF 33KB)
Coalition Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 79KB)

APS remuneration
APS allowances and entitlements
The bargaining policy provides flexibility for negotiating agreements
Intransigent approach to bargaining by the CPSU

Appendix 1 - Submissions and Additional Information (PDF 50KB)
Appendix 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 13KB)
Appendix 3 - Agreements accepted under the 2014 bargaining policy (PDF 21KB)
Appendix 4 - Agencies that have experienced protected industrial action during the bargaining round (PDF 17KB)
Appendix 5 - Changes to rosters and hours of work in APS enterprise agreements (PDF 189KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Education and Employment Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521