ADF members should know that their current ADF Workplace Remuneration Arrangement (WRA) for 2014-2017 will expire later this year, and that a new WRA is in the process of being considered. That means your new salary arrangements will be decided by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT), who will consider positions put by the Commonwealth and the ADF. For more information on the operation of the DFRT, go to www.dfrt.gov.au
The Tribunal will also listen to the position put by the Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA). As an independent third party in the DFRT process, working outside of the Defence bureaucracy, we can directly represent your views.
When the 2011 - 2014 WRA was decided in 2011, the DFRT accepted the position of the ADF and the Commonwealth and approved the new salary arrangements. At that time, the DFWA informed the DFRT of the feedback provided by ADF members which indicated the offer was not supported by a majority of ADF members and of the implications of imposing an unsatisfactory outcome.
The DFWA had considerable success in forcing an improvement in the Government's offer in the 2014 WRA case.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DEVELOPMENTS !!
ADF MEMBERS WISHING TO CONTACT DFWA ABOUT THE WRA CAN SEND AN EMAIL TO WRA@DFWA.ORG.AU
UPDATE ON THE WRA – 28 APRIL 2017
ADF members are advised that the Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) believes that the WRA process is essentially on track and is proceeding as expected.
In general, the process to be followed is that the Minister for Defence will need to agree to any proposed pay offer in conjunction with the Minister for Employment, and of course the Department of Finance are involved as well. Following the consultation phase a final decision on the nature of the Arrangement will be developed in preparation for the DFRT to consider.
As an intervener in the process, the DFWA is taking a keen interest as this matter progresses, and will continue to monitor it closely especially when the actual proposal is released. Members will recall our involvement in the development of the current WRA when we were able to provide compelling evidence to both the Government and the Tribunal of members’ dissatisfaction with the (then) offer. This resulted in reconsideration of the quantum and removal of the requirement to offset it with other conditions of service.
On 8 July 2016, the DFWA issued a media statement suggesting that that ADF Wage Setting Arrangements are "broken".