Bulletin 7 - Formal offer by the Commissioner for Public Employment - issued 23 August 2021

I am pleased to advise that on 20 August 2021, I made an offer to settle the General enterprise agreement negotiations.

We have worked hard and listened to your feedback and to the unions and bargaining representatives’ claims and issues to arrive at a balanced offer, which seeks to provide good improvements for all employees.

The table below summarises the details of the 'without prejudice’ offer, but if you wanted to read the details of the offer,  you can also read the details of the offer here.

Summary of the offer

$4000 over 4 years (plus employer superannuation guarantee*)

  • $1,000 bonus p.a.
  • $4,000 over 4 years
  • Counts for superannuation*
    *Employer superannuation guarantee is applicable to the lump sum payment. Due to the rules of the defined benefit schemes, employer superannuation guarantee is not applicable to the lump sum paid to NTGPASS and CSS members

Commitment if changes in the Wages Policy

  • Should there be a change to the NT Government’s Wages Policy during the term of the Agreement that provides for additional benefits above those contained in this offer (such as an increase to salaries above the value of the lump sum payment) these will be passed on through a determination

Improvements to leave provisions

  • Compassionate leave
    • Increased from 3 to 5 days for immediate family or household member
  • Compassionate leave
    • new provision for 3 days paid leave on the occasion of the death of an extended family member (i.e. aunt, uncle, cousin) or in the case of miscarriage
  • Domestic and family violence leave provisions (uncapped paid leave)
    • extended to include sexual violence outside the domestic setting
  • NAIDOC leave
    • up to 3 hours of paid leave p.a. to attend a NAIDOC march & approved activities, where TOIL or flextime are not available
  • Gender Transition leave
    • Support for eligible employees who wish to transition their gender
    • access up to 12 months leave, inclusive of 4 weeks paid and 48 weeks unpaid leave
  • Improved war service leave to allow access to this leave for a subsequent war service injury
  • Improved paid leave for voluntary emergency management activities to cover reasonable rest time
  • Include leave By-law provisions in the Agreement (e.g. Blood Donation Leave, Defence Leave, Leave to Engage in Voluntary Emergency Management Activities, Jury Service Leave)
  • Health Screening leave
    • Improved provision
    • 2 hours paid leave per year for the purpose of undertaking a health screening test associated with a public health screening program
  • Leave to seek financial advice about transition for retirement
    • New provision
    • up to 2 hours paid leave p.a. for employees aged 62 years or over
    • where TOIL or flextime are not available

NEW Kinship Obligation Leave

  • Definition of kinship to be included in the Agreement
  • 5 days paid leave per annum to attend Sorry Business or related purposes

Overtime rates

  • Where overtime worked spans midnight and a higher overtime rate applies at the start of the overtime shift, that higher rate will apply for the whole overtime shift worked

Improvements for parents

  • Builds on current generous paid parental leave provisions (14 weeks after 12 months service, 18 weeks after 5 years services)
  • New pre-natal leave provision
    • up to 8 hours paid leave for pregnancy related medical appointments
  • Improved provision for employees returning from parental leave
    • right to return on a part-time basis for at least 6 months, where the employee so choses (replacing ‘right to request’)
  • Permanent Care
    • improved to provide 2 days paid leave to attend permanent care order interviews
  • Pre-adoption leave
    • improved to provide paid leave to attend interviews or examinations required in order to obtain approval for the employee’s adoption of a child

Improvements and changes for casual employees

  • Minimum daily engagement period for casual employees  of 3 hours
  • Principles enabling casual employees to request the conversion of their employment after 12 months and where the employee has worked a regular pattern of hours

Flexible work improvements

  • Ability to purchase up to 8 weeks additional leave per year (currently 6 weeks)  and can be taken in shorter periods under rebranded Flexible Lifestyle (Purchased) Leave
  • All requests for flexible work, regardless of the circumstances, will require a response from the CEO (or delegate) within 21 days and may only be refused on reasonable business grounds.

Commitments to review certain matters

  • Shiftwork arrangements
  • Physical, Technical and Administrative Officers up to level 4
  • Community Language Allowance
  • Professional increment scales

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

Let’s stick together, keep job certainty and keep working for Territorians.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
23 August 2021

Last updated: 04 May 2022

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