Proposed Enterprise Agreement 2017-20

​​​The department is taking the proposed Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Enterprise Agreement 2017-20 (the proposed Agreement) to a ballot of eligible employees. The proposed Agreement covers all departmental employees, other than Senior Executive Service employees and APS Meat Inspection classified employees.

The Fair Work Act 2009 requires that, before a ballot can commence, employees must have access to the proposed Agreement and an explanation of what has changed from the current Enterprise Agreement. To facilitate access, the proposed Agreement, a summary of changes and a comparison​ of the current Agreement and the proposed Agreement is provided. All employees are encouraged to read the information on the proposed Agreement.

The employee access period commences on Monday, 5 June 2017 and closes on Monday, 12 June 2017.

The online ballot opens at 9:00am (AEST) on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 and closes at 7:00pm (AEST) on Friday, 16 June 2017.

For more information, contact the Enterprise Agreement team by emailing the EA team or telephone 02 6272 5112.


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Proposed Enterprise Agreeement 2017-2080PDF1.8 MB
Proposed Enterprise Agreeement 2017-2080Word752 KB
Summary of offer1PDF402 KB

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Summary of offer

Your Enterprise Agreement

  • Drafted jointly with CPSU
  • Easier for you to read
  • Your conditions and entitlements included
  • Confirms consultation and representational rights

Changes from our current agreement

  • Medical certificate (or other evidence) required after 8 days in a calendar year or after 3 or more days taken consecutively
  • Miscellaneous leave in exceptional circumstances
  • Working Sundays in South Australia paid 200%
  • Former public service holiday treated as a closedown day
  • Provides for flexible working arrangements
  • Remote locality leave fares reimbursed
  • District allowance for part-timers not pro-rated
  • Airport shift allowance of $1,060 per year
  • Shift loadings replace CSPP
  • APS3–4 biosecurity broadband to be introduced
  • EL1 veterinarian classification with pay points adjusted across structure
  • $299 health and fitness reimbursement replaces health and lifestyle reimbursement
  • Performance ratings reduced from 5 to 3 – exceeds, meets and does not meet expectations
  • Check point discussions removed
  • Performance improvement plan reduced from 8 to 6 weeks

All other conditions and entitlements continue


  • 6% pay rise over 18 months
    • 3% on commencement
    • 2% after 12 months
    • 1% after 18 months
  • Salary allowances increased by 6%

Read the EA and be informed for the ballot: 9am Tuesday 13 June – 7pm Friday 16 June 2017 (AEST)

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