Review Begins On Senior Officer Wages

Dear SOU Members,

As most of you will be aware, the recent Enterprise Bargain Decision including a recommendation for a review of the Senior Officers wages and the margin between the pay levels. QIRC Commissioner Bloomfield stated the following in his decision:

“However in an endeavour to try to accommodate both the interests of QFES and senior officers we would strongly encourage the respective parties to jointly examine the level of the overall remuneration package of senior officers employed by QFES compared to comparable levels of senior officers employed by QPS and QAS and the “margin” between the pay levels of such senior officers and their subordinates. Information of this type, as well as the potential assessment of the work performed by senior officers within QFES by an organisation like Mercer, might help the parties reach an agreed, or partially agreed position in the lead up to the negotiation of a Certified Agreement in late 2016.”

The first meeting was convened between QFES, the SOU and Mercer on Thursday 16th May and a project plan of events was tabled by Mercer for this review. As part of the work there will be a requirement for approximately 18-20 Senior Officers to be interviewed by Mercer to get an understanding of the complexity of our work and our expanded role into emergency management. The SOU Executive along with the Steering Committee will agree to a list of senior officers to be interviewed that will provide a broad picture of the roles undertaken in our ranks in 2016. I will advise the nominated senior officers when they have been confirmed. If you are requested to participate in an interview, please put some thoughts around your roles, responsibilities, input into strategic projects, additional work undertaken outside your normal role, and any involvement in state projects. Please include any committees that you may sit on and include your expanded role in terms of emergency management and any representation on LDMG or DDMGs. It is important that discussions are focused on work value, not just on the amount of work required to do the job.

The SOU Executive will keep you informed as we move through this important process.


Kevin Walsh
State President