Statement on Enterprise Agreement negotiations

On Thursday 8 June 2017, the AFP entered the Access period for the proposed AFP Enterprise Agreement.  The proposed Agreement offers the workforce a 6% pay increase over three years. This is the maximum permissible under the Commonwealth Government’s Workplace Bargaining policy.

Currently, a small group of employees are assigned to the High Volume working pattern.  This group (approximately 4.5 per cent of the AFP’s total workforce), receives 22% composite payment for working flexibly, and an additional payment of 35% of base salary solely to work up to 10 additional hours per week. 

The AFP propose to continue to pay this group the 22% composite and implement a new overtime payment model.

The new model will ensure this group of AFP employees are paid for all additional hours actually worked, rather than receiving a set annual allowance. This is consistent with all other AFP employees.

The AFP can therefore not foresee any situation where an employee will lose “up to 23% of their salary”, as the AFPA has claimed.

Deployment Assistance Allowance is a discretionary payment which is no longer relevant or equitably applied. This historical payment is made to approximately 300 Sydney based employees.  The AFP commissioned a study by an independent organisation that recommended its removal on the basis that there is no further requirement for the payment.  

The proposed Enterprise Agreement was released to the workforce on Thursday 8 June. The AFP has not been advised of any consideration of industrial action.

This Agreement is a fair and reasonable offer. Claims made by the AFPA are misleading and do not accurately reflect negotiations between the AFP and its workforce.

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