COALITION: No policy announced.
ALP: Legislative protection for job security by
making secure work an object of Federal
legislation and arbitration.
Legislative definition of true casual work
so workers who want permanent work
have a legal pathway to it.
APS staffing caps
COALITION: Staffing caps apply at the portfolio level.
No increase to staffing levels.
Late news: 5,500 jobs will be cut
through an efficiency dividend cut
announced on the eve of the election.
ALP: No staffing caps.
Increase permanent staffing levels.
An additional 500 jobs in DVA, 380 in the
NDIA and 200 in Services Australia
Use of labour
COALITION: Labour hire makes up average of 20% of
workers in the APS and has been as high
as 50% in some agencies.
ALP: An insecure work audit, converting
labour hire, casual and contract roles into
ongoing APS jobs, applying the same job -
same pay principle.
This will allow thousands of casual
and labour hire chance the
opportunity for a permanent APS
COALITION: Continuation of use of consultants and
contractors – running at record levels of
over $2m per day in new contracts.
ALP: End the reliance on consultants and
contractors and invest money saved on
permanent APS jobs and capability.
COALITION: Continuation of stripped back conditions
in agreements – including removal of
job security protections and rights to
ALP: Genuine service wide and agency specific
negotiations for improved conditions in
agreements, including job security, pay
COALITION: Rejected outright, despite being one of
the key recommendations of the 2019
Thodey Review into the APS.
ALP: Commonwealth as a single employer
where core service-wide terms and
conditions are negotiated in good faith
at a service-wide level and remaining
conditions negotiated at an agency or
COALITION: No genuine negotiation on pay.
Public Sector wages tied to private
sector Wage Price Index (WPI). Meaning
mystery pay offers in years 2 and 3 of an
ALP: Will ensure fair and genuine bargaining
with CPSU representatives and members.
WPI link will be removed.
Real wage increases linked to productivity
can be ‘bargained for.’
Back pay and
date of effect of
COALITION: Prohibits backdating pay rises in
bargaining. Where an agreement is
finalised after the end date of the previous
agreement workers miss out on back
dated pay rises.
ALP: Will scrap the no back dating rule and
allow for negotiations on back dating pay
COALITION: The Coalition’s ‘no-enhancements’ rule
prohibits bargaining for new or improved
ALP: Bargaining can include new or improved
Scraps the ‘no-enhancements’ rule.
COALITION: No commitment
ALP: To be addressed through an agreed
mechanism to achieve equal pay for
workplaces of equal value across the APS.
COALITION: Prohibits pre-decision consultation on
workplace changes in an Agreement.
ALP: Ensure meaningful, good faith
consultation on all matters affecting
employees in the workplace.
COALITION: Reduced and restricted. In many cases
sitting in guidelines and not protected by
being in an Agreement.
ALP: Facilitate the role of union delegates in
the workplace. Ensure communications
and access of CPSU to its members.
net zero by
What is their
COALITION: 26-28% reduction in emissions
from 2005 levels.
ALP: 43% reduction in emissions from 2005 levels.
Do they have
a plan for APS
ALP: Yes. The ALP has committed to achieving net zero APS
emissions by 2030 (excluding Defence), decreasing
emissions by 0.2 Mt a year.
How will they
achieve net zero
COALITION: Unclear. The Morrison
government’s policy models the
effect of emissions reductions
but doesn’t demonstrate how
this will happen. The Morrison
Government is largely relying
on new technologies that don’t
yet exist, with no detailed plan
to achieve this change.
ALP: The ALP’s plan details specific policies that will drive
down emissions, including connecting renewable energy zones to the
national grid to achieve 82% renewable
electricity by 2030, improving the Safeguard Mechanism to limit
large emitters and a National Reconstruction
Fund to support transition, cutting up to 48 Mt a
year by 2030.
Will their plan
COALITION: There is no plan for jobs.
ALP: Yes, it’s estimated the ALP’s plan will create 604,000
jobs by 2030, with more than 5 out of 6 jobs located
in regional areas.
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