Year on year percentage pay increases for the Federal Court's SES for 2014/15 to 2015/16 and 2015/16 to 2016/17

I Whittaker made this Freedom of Information request to Federal Court of Australia

The request was refused by Federal Court of Australia.

From: I Whittaker

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Dear Federal Court of Australia,

I’d like to make an FOI request.

I request a document or documents (likely prepared under s.17 of the FOI Act) that details the year on year increase in remuneration (as a percentage, rounded to the nearest decimal point) paid to each of the Federal Court’s SES staff for the financial years: 2014/15 to 2015/16 and 2015/2016 to 2016/2017 as determined from the group certificates/PAYG summaries issued to those SES staff (pro-rated, to reflect full year amounts, if necessary). I’m not interested in the names of the SES officers and so I’m happy for you to de-identify those. An example to illustrate the type of document(s) I’m seeking acesss to is set out below.

The Federal Court publishes its enterprise agreement which sets out the precise percentage salary increases that can be given to non-SES APSC staff. It follows therefore that there should be no problem for the Federal Court in disclosing the percentage increase in the remuneration levels of its SES staff. Obviously there would be considerable public interest if it were the case that the Federal Court is attacking the real wages, living standards and working conditions of its non-SES public servants, while at the same time granting its SES staff wage increases above that allowable under the enterprise bargaining policy that it enforces against its non-SES public servants. Such information would also be an invaluable insight into the current Commonwealth Government’s views on its preferred distribution of wealth in Australian society for bosses vs workers and would further establish the prevailing view of the current Government that non-SES public servants constitute a lesser form of employee/human being.

Example PAYG Payment Summary Information

SES officer name: John Citizen.
Total remuneration for 2014/15 (taken from relevant PAYG payment summary): $100,000
Total remuneration for 2015/16 (taken from relevant PAYG payment summary): $101,000
Total remuneration for 2016/17 (taken from relevant PAYG payment summary): $103,000

SES officer name: Deborah Smith.
Total remuneration for 2014/15 (taken from relevant PAYG payment summary): $250,000
Total remuneration for 2015/16 (taken from relevant PAYG payment summary): $260,000
Total remuneration for 2016/17 (taken from relevant PAYG payment summary): $280,000

SES officer name: Joseph Pavelic
Total remuneration for 2014/15 (taken from relevant PAYG payment summary): $50,000 (nb. only commenced employment at the Federal Court on 1/1/2015)
Total remuneration for 2015/16 (taken from relevant PAYG payment summary): $107,000
Total remuneration for 2016/17 (taken from relevant PAYG payment summary): $110,000

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Example document produced for purposes of my FOI request using data gleaned from relevant PAYG payment summaries (respectively, per the example data set out above above)

SES Officer identifier: ‘SES officer #1’
Year on year pay increase as a percentage (rounded to nearest decimal point):
2014/15 - 2015/16 = 1%
2015/16 – 2016/2017 = 2%

SES Officer identifier: ‘SES officer #2’
Year on year pay increase as a percentage (rounded to nearest decimal point):
2014/15 - 2015/16 = 4%
2015/16 – 2016/2017 = 7.7%

SES Officer identifier: ‘SES officer #3’
Year on year pay increase as a percentage (rounded to nearest decimal point):
2014/15 - 2015/16 = 7% (note: the officer only commenced employment on 1/1/15, therefore the officer’s total remuneration for 2013/14 has been pro-rated to reflect a yearly amount)
2015/16 – 2016/2017 = 2.8%

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From: I Whittaker

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Dear Federal Court of Australia,

I refer to my request of the Federal Court, made under s.15 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act), of 25 August 2017.

Noting the obligations imposed on Federal Court staff by subsections 13(1) and 13(4) of the Public Service Act 1999, could the Federal Court please explain why it has unlawfully neglected to acknowledge receipt of my request as required by paragraph 15(5)(a) of the FOI Act.

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From: John Mathieson
Federal Court of Australia

UNCLASSIFIED
Scott,

FYI.

Regards,

John

John Mathieson | Deputy Principal Registrar
Principal Registry | Federal Court of Australia
Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney NSW
p. 02 9230 8336 | e. [email address]
www.fedcourt.gov.au

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From: External FOI
Federal Court of Australia


Attachment 2017 09 21 Response to FOI request I Whitaker.pdf
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Dear Sir/Madam

Please find attached the Federal Court's response to your FOI request.

Yours sincerely
FOI Officer
Federal Court of Australia

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