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Workplace Remuneration Arrangement 2023-26

The Workplace Remuneration Arrangement (WRA) is the framework through which annual salary and salary-related allowance adjustments are provided for ADF members, and forms part of the total remuneration package.

The WRA also impacts some payments to veterans by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, such as those received under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) and Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-Related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA) that are linked to ADF salaries and allowances.

The current WRA (2020-2023 is due to expire in November 2023). The current WRA consisted of a 7% increase, over the three years of the arrangement.

A New Arrangement 2023-26

Defence will start development of a new arrangement in the second half of 2023, with a view to having it in place by the time the current WRA expires. The Defence Force Welfare Association will again monitor the development of what the Commonwealth and ADF may offer, and represent the interests of members of the ADF at the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal.

The Defence Force Welfare Association is an authorised intervener at the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal. We will be seeking feedback from Defence Members for presentation to the Tribunal.


WRA 2023-26 ADF Member Survey

The Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) wants to hear from current and former members of the ADF and their families on the proposed salary increase under WRA 2023-2026 The proposed increase, 11.2% over the term of the arrangement (three years), to salary and salary-related allowances comprises: 4% – from 9 Nov 23 (to take effect 23 Nov 23)3.8% – from 7 Nov 24 (to take effect 21 Nov 24)3.4% – from 6 Nov 25 (to take effect 20 Nov 25)…


Approval to appear at DFRT

The Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal has agreed to allow the Defence Force Welfare Association to be heard, and make oral and written submissions regarding the ADF Workplace Remuneration Arrangement 2023-26. The matter is scheduled to be heard on 3 October 2023. A representative from DFWA will attend. Further Information DFWA’s In-Focus: WRA 2023-26