WRA

ATTENTION ADF MEMBERS !

YOUR CURRENT ADF WORKPLACE REMUNERATION ARRANGEMENT IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE

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.

  • In coming to its decision, the DFRT recommended that the ADF and Commonwealth explore the possibilities of an alternate method and process for considering and determining future wage arrangements.
  • ADF members should also note that APS arrangements – the DECA – expires on 30 June. It is currently unclear if a new DECA will commence prior to the WRA.
  • ADF members will be briefed on the progress of the new WRA through the chain of command and in a number of “roadshows” at major bases throughout Australia.  Members will also be invited to provide feedback to the Directorate of Military Remuneration.

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 - 9 and13 JUNE 2017

The DFWA has been advised that the Government and ADF have agreed to present to the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal a proposal that the next three year Workplace Remuneration Arrangement (WRA) for the ADF, commencing November 2017, provides for a 2%pa wage increase for each of the next three years.  Significantly there are to be no “offsets” or conditions of service or entitlements that ADF members will need to offer in recompense. In the current economic environment the DFWA considers the offer is reasonable, and will seek the opinions of its ADF members before presenting its final position to the Tribunal later this year.

ADF members on our mailing list will soon be provded with further information and be invited to provide their views to the DFWA at wra@dfwa.org.au.  As an intervener in the deliberations of the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal's consideration of this matter, the DFWA will take into account the views presented to it by ADF members..

On 13 June 2017 DFWA ussed a Media Release on this matter.

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.

  • It is currently at the CDF/Minister stage, so no specific details are available yet. 
  • We understand the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT) will be given a progress report later in June.
  • The ADF will be conducting a number of ‘roadshows’ to all major establishments, most probably in July, to advise as many ADF members as possible details of the proposed Arrangement and give them an opportunity to comment.
  • The intent is to have the DFRT consider the Arrangement prior to the expiry date of the current WRA (November 2017), with a view to having a seamless transition from the current WRA to the new WRA. 

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. 

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On 8 July 2016, the DFWA issued a media statement suggesting that that ADF Wage Setting Arrangements are "broken".