Percentages used to calculate supplementation

How will these percentages be used?

The following percentages will be used by the Australian Government to calculate supplementation amounts offered to organisations. We will apply the following formula, using relevant percentages for the “SACS ERO increase”, depending on where organisations are located:

Program funding amount x % SACS wage component x SACS ERO increase

Click here to see examples of calculations.

  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
New South Wales 0.78% 2.13% 3.47% 4.82% 6.16% 7.51% 8.85% 10.20% 11.54%
Victoria 1.52% 4.14% 6.75% 9.36% 11.98% 14.59% 17.20% 19.82% 22.43%
Queensland (FWA) 2.07% 5.62% 9.17% 12.72% 16.27% 19.81% 23.36% 26.91% 30.46%
Queensland (QIRC) 22.80% 23.80% 24.80% 25.80% 25.80% 25.80% 25.80% 25.80% 25.80%
Western Australia (FWA) 2.48% 6.73% 10.98% 15.23% 19.48% 23.73% 27.98% 32.23% 36.48%
Western Australia (WA IRC) N/A 5.14% 9.33% 12.94% 16.55% 20.16% 23.77% 27.38% 31.00%
South Australia 1.64% 4.46% 7.28% 10.09% 12.91% 15.73% 18.54% 21.36% 24.18%
Tasmania 1.64% 4.45% 7.26% 10.07% 12.88% 15.70% 18.51% 21.32% 24.13%
Australian Capital Territory 1.86% 5.04% 8.22% 11.40% 14.58% 17.76% 20.94% 24.12% 27.30%
Northern Territory 1.56% 4.24% 6.92% 9.60% 12.27% 14.95% 17.63% 20.31% 22.98%

How have these percentages been calculated?

These percentages have been calculated based on:

  • movement from the previous State Award rates^ to bring them up to the new Equal Remuneration Order (ERO)* amounts
  • the Equal Remuneration Order handed down by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission
  • the supplementation amount due in a financial year. In 2012-13 the increase only applies from 1 December 2012 to 30 June 2013 (seven months). Therefore, the percentage is 7/12ths of the first ERO instalment percentage. For each subsequent year the percentages in the table above are based on the ERO that applies from 1 July to 30 November (five months) plus the ERO percentage increase from 1 December to 30 June (seven months).
  • the increases at Level 4.

The Government has tested its calculation assumptions a number of ways to ensure a robust process. This includes testing with the sector, and examining data from the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) Survey in 2011.

Why are these percentages different across states/territories?

The aim is that by 1 December 2020, all employees in Australia who are covered by the SACS Modern Award will be on the same wage.

The starting State Award wage rates^ differ between the States and Territories. This means the percentage increases used for supplementation also differ by State and territory.

Queensland Social and Community Service providers

The rate of Commonwealth supplementation will vary depending on whether eligible organisations are subject to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) decision. The QIRC rates are higher, as the equal pay decision has been almost fully phased in.The Fair Work Australia decision was phased in from 1 December 2012.

Read more about supplementation for providers in Queensland.

^ The Notional Agreement Preserving State Award (NAPSA) wage rates are transitional rates that SACS workers were on prior to the SACS Modern Award rates on 1 July 2012.

* The Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) handed down by Fair Work Australia (FWA) on 22 June 2012 determines how these pay increases will be introduced. Visit the FWA website for more detail.

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