The chiefs of some of Australia’s top public offices are earning close to $1 million a year as the nation works to attract top talent to its most remunerated jobs.
The chiefs of some of Australia's top public offices are earning close to $1 million a year as the nation works to attract top talent to its most remunerated jobs.
Publicly available figures from the Australian Government Remunerational Tribunal show wages of full-time offices – which does not include the positions of parliamentary secretaries or CEOs of government-owned businesses – top out at more than $886,750 a year.
The top total remuneration was earnt by Wayne Byres, Chair of the Australia Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) with $886,750.
A three-way tie for second place with a total remuneration of $775,910 was Rod Sims (Chairperson of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission), James Shipton (Chairperson of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission) and Dr. Stephen Donaghue QC (Solicitor-General).
Then comes CEO of Services Australia Rebecca Skinner with $748,210 followed by the Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw with $720,480.
Two other positions on the same remuneration of $720,480 were the Commissioner of the Australian Public Service Peter Woolcott and Director General of the Office of National Intelligence Nick Warner.
Rounding out the top 10 was two APRA positions: Deputy Chair with a remuneration of $709,390 and Member with a remuneration of $665,070.
Two other positions managed to sneak into an equal 10th place with $665,070: Director-General of Security at Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and Director-General of the Australian Signals Directorate.
The remunerations listed were compiled as of May 2020, and took effect from July 1, 2019. All remuneration listed also includes employer superannuation contribution and benefits.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison – whose position does not fall under the above criteria – earns a base salary as a member of Parliament of $211,250 plus a 160 per cent loading as PM takes his approximate earnings to just under $550,000.
In April this year, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the assistant minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ben Morton deferred general wage increases for Commonwealth Public Servants for six months.
"The Australian Public Service (APS) remains a critical part of our efforts to minimise the impacts on COVID-19 on the Australian economy for workers and their families," said Mr Morton.
"Everyone from the Prime Minister down appreciates the outstanding work the APS is doing.
"Every APS employee will have someone in their families, or know someone, affected by the current economic circumstances. While communities are doing it tough, it's important the APS helps share the economic burden."
Top positions by remuneration of full-time public office holders
Total remuneration per year
Chair, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
Chairperson, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Chairperson, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Chief Executive Officer, Services Australia
Australian Federal Police Commissioner
Australian Public Service Commissioner
Director-General, Office of National Intelligence
Deputy Chair, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
Member, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
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