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Employment Conditions


What will your salary be?

As a part of the Australian Public Service pay transparency is fundamental. The Defence Enterprise Agreement (DEA) 2017 - 2020 provides the levels of progression in Defence APS and their corresponding salary scales. All employees will receive 15.4% superannuation.

What are the your entitlements?

In your career with Defence you will have access to several leave provisions provided under the Enterprise Agreement. We’ve outline below are some of the types of leave offered to every employee. There is also further flexibility offered such as leave without pay and purchasing up to 4 weeks annual leave.

  • Annual (recreational) leave (20 days/4 weeks per year) with the opportunity to purchase additional leave;
  • Personal/carers leave (15 days/3 weeks per year);
  • Maternity leave/adoption or fostering leave (up to 14 weeks
  • Parental leave (up to 4 weeks paid);
  • An additional day of leave per calendar year in addition to regular leave;
  • Christmas stand down (a paid break during the Christmas and New Year period to spend time with family and friends in addition to regular leave;
  • 3 months long service leave for employees with over 10 years of eligible Government Service, with an additional 9 calendar days of long service leave accrued each year after the initial 10 years; and
  • 5 weeks paid reserve leave per financial year, for the purpose of fulfilling service obligations in the Australian Defence Force Reserves.

What are your standard working hours?

Your standard hours are 37.5 hours per week. There is flexibility offered around these hours, you can work anywhere from 7am to 7pm depending on the area and arrangements with your supervisor.

In Defence APS Level 1-6 employees can access flexible work hours (known as flextime) between 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday. Under flextime arrangements employees have the ability to accumulate additional hours (above the standard 7.5 hour working day) which can be exchanged for time off. Other flexible work arrangements include:

  • Negotiated time off in lieu for executive level employees;
  • A local working arrangement to vary the standard working hours (between 7am to 7pm); or
  • A compressed work schedule to work fulltime but using less than five working days (for example; working 75 hours over a nine day fortnight instead of 10 days).

Flextime

In Defence APS Level 1-6 employees can access flexible work hours (known as flextime) between 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday. Under flextime arrangements employees have the ability to accumulate additional hours (above the standard 7.5 hour working day) which can be exchanged for time off. Other flexible work arrangements include:

  • Negotiated time off in lieu for executive level employees;
  • A local working arrangement to vary the standard working hours (between 7am to 7pm); or
  • A compressed work schedule to work fulltime but using less than five working days (for example; working 75 hours over a nine day fortnight instead of 10 days).

Home-based Work

Our employees have the option to negotiate a flexible arrangement with their managers to work some hours from home and enable them to manage the competing demands of work and personal responsibilities.

What are your study leave options?

We encourage learning and development through allowances such as StudyBank. If your further study is relevant to your work Defence may cover part or all of the cost under StudyBank arrangements. On top of this most employees are eligible for up to 180 hours of study leave per year when studying.

Can you transfer your personal leave from another APS Agency?

Before making the decision to accept a move to Defence, you should speak to your human resources/personnel area. They can confirm exactly what entitlements can or cannot be transferred.

Personal leave credits accrued or deemed to have accrued during eligible prior employment with another APS agency (as defined by the Public Service Act 1999); the Parliamentary Service (as defined by the Parliamentary Service Act 1999) the ACT Government Service or Australian Signals Directorate, will be carried over provided there is no break between finishing that employment and starting with Defence. The Australian Public Service Commission site includes a list of agencies that engage employees under the Public Service Act.

All Defence’s accrual arrangements for personal leave are based on the specifications in the Defence Enterprise Agreement (DEA).

You can find the complete details of employment conditions in the Defence Enterprise Agreement (DEA) 2017 - 2020.