Agriculture MOG change: What we've won

Last Friday management made the Department of Environment and Energy Enterprise Agreement (DoEE EA) available to staff, alongside two determinations to preserve conditions of employment for Veterinarians and Meat Inspectors.

CPSU representatives have advocated strongly for members and worked collaboratively with the Agriculture and Environment management teams.

Over the coming weeks there will be further consultation to draft section 24(1) determinations with the aim of retaining the following conditions:

  • Airport Shift Allowance
  •  Shift Work entitlements
  • Wharf Allowance
  • Casuals' entitlements
  • Span of Hours
  • Unpaid Meal Breaks
  • Overtime provisions
  • Annual Leave
  • Christmas Closedown

Other areas where a successful outcome has been reached:

  • The preservation of remote localities provisions initially though an Individual Flexibility Agreement then through the expansion of remote localities available under your new agreement.
  • Additional two weeks' maternity leave (from personal leave allocation) will still be available to staff who commenced maternity leave on or prior to 1 Feb and we will explore ways to extend to staff who were expecting a baby prior to 1 Feb 2020.

Conditions such as the Healthy Lifestyle Reimbursement have not been maintained, as the Department was unable to make a case to the Australian Public Service Commission that it was imperative to business continuity. The CPSU continues to advocate for the grandfathering of this reimbursement for items purchased up until 1 February 2020.

The no disadvantage principle that applies to MOGs only considers base rates of pay and not conditions or allowances. This ensures that staff do not take a drop in base pay but allows the Government to transition staff to lower increment levels as long as it does not reduce pay.

More questions?

If you have any questions about the changes to conditions or departmental processes please head to MyLink and check out the updated FAQs. Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to have a chat with your local delegate or simply respond to this email. If you note any discrepancies in your pay due to the shift to the DoEE (noting that all staff should be in receipt of a bump up in your base rate of pay) please get in touch with the CPSU Member Service Centre on 1300 137 636.

This has taken a lot of work from everyone - well done.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their engagement and coming along to the paid time meetings. It has not been an easy or straight forward process at all, however, member involvement has strengthened our case and resulted in the preservation of key conditions and the scope to negotiate the further preservation of conditions through policy.

Please ask your colleagues to assist with this ongoing process by inviting them to join you as a CPSU member today.

Yours in unity,

Brooke Muscat-Bentley

CPSU Deputy National President