The new Labor Government has made significant commitments around bargaining in the Commonwealth Public Sector.

These commitments include:

  • Fair and genuine negotiations with employees and the CPSU.
  • Abolish the “no enhancements rule”, which made it difficult to achieve improvements to conditions without significant trade-offs.
  • Abolish the inflexible wage cap linked to WPI, which would have seen workers vote on mystery pay deals.
  • Real wages underpinned by productivity growth.
  • Service-wide bargaining on pay and common conditions, with agency-specific conditions negotiated at an agency level.
  • Address the fragmentation of APS pay and conditions over time.
  • A capacity to negotiate on backpay and date of effect pay rises consistent with other industries.

With genuine bargaining now back on the table, union members will decide the key conditions changes we push for as a union.

We asked you what improvements you want to see in bargaining – The results are available here.


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