Standing up for Canberra

Labor calls on government to get on with ADF pay deal

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann has called on the Abbott Government to ensure that a new Workplace Remuneration Arrangement is ready when the current arrangement expires on 3 November.

“I am deeply concerned by reports that the process for securing a new wage deal has stalled,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“The Abbott Government has left ADF members and their families in the dark about the future of their pay rates, with the current WRA expiring in less than a month.

“The WRA is a fundamental part of setting the overall conditions for the ADF. The Abbott Government must immediately make clear its plans to progress this matter.

“ADF members deserve better than the Government’s casual approach to such an important issue.”

The WRA determines the salary and salary related allowances for all ADF members of the Permanent and Reserve Forces up to and including the rank of Colonel.