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Posted 8 Aug '17

APA (NSW) Member Update – Pay Matters

APA (NSW) Member Update

Pay Matters

Wednesday 9  August 2017

Dear Member,

We take this opportunity to update you on a few pay related matters. 

Operational Ambulance Officers (State) Award – 2.5% Pay Increase 

The 2.5% increase is a limitation of the NSW Government’s Public Sector Wages Policy which has been in place since 2011. This policy has made it more and more difficult for paramedics and other public sector employees to improve their quality of life without trading off employment conditions. At the instruction of our membership, APA (NSW) accepted the capped 2.5% pay increase without giving any existing conditions away. 

The 2.5% pay increase for employees covered under the Operational Ambulance Officers (State) Award has been approved by the Industrial Relations Commission. The increase is effective from the first pay period after 1 July 2017, which was pay period commencing 8 July 2017. By now you should have received pay with new rate. If you believe this has not occurred, please contact HealthShare NSW in the first instance on 1300 477 679. 

Incorrect PAYG statement summaries

In previous member update, we highlighted errors which has occurred with respect to employees’ PAYG payment summaries. 

,NSWA has now indicated a pathway for the reimbursement of reasonable costs for affected employees  who lodged their 2015/2016 and/or 2016/2017 tax returns prior to error/s being rectified. 

Claims for reimbursement will need to be lodged with HealthShare NSW by 30 November 2017. Affected employees are required to complete declaration (which has been sent to them) and provide Healthshare NSW with a tax invoice for amended tax return from a registered tax agent.

We therefore strongly encourage affected employees to take the necessary steps to carry out amended tax invoice ASAP so that you are able to meet the reimbursement deadline of 30 November 2017.

APA (NSW) Executive

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