District Allowance update.
In recognition of the impact large reductions in District Allowances would have on public sector workers, it was decided that the 2013 rates should not be implemented “by the book” in these three areas but rather phased in over a 2 year period.
This meant that members did not have to bear the brunt of the reduction in one hit and instead saw the lower rates eased in over 2 years. The phased arrangement allowed members to retain greater amounts of District Allowance than a strict implementation of the Agreement would have delivered, adding up to more than $5,000 in the Kimberley, and more than $10,000 in the Pilbara and Karratha/Dampier regions.
The benefit of the phased agreement to members is outlined below:
We have recently spoken with a representative of the Department of Commerce, who verbally confirmed that the final phased adjustment of the District Allowance rates for members in Karratha/ Dampier, the Pilbara and the Kimberley will occur on 1 July 2015. They also advised that all other recipients of District Allowances would remain on their current rates. We understand that a Circular to this effect will be issued in the near future.
Over the coming months, we, in conjunction with other union will be investigating options for the future of the District Allowance that best serves our members and regional communities. Keep an eye on our website and your e-news for updates.