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Executive remuneration 2016-17

Commonwealth Entities and Commonwealth Companies are requested to publish information detailing the scope and value of remuneration for executives and other highly paid staff on their entity/company's website to provide greater transparency of remuneration of senior executives and other highly paid officials.

As a Commonwealth Entity, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority provides an annual update on the remuneration paid to the executives in the Department. Details for the 2016–17 reporting period are outlined in the tables below.

Table A includes the average annual reportable remuneration paid to substantive executives during the reporting period.

Table B includes details for the other staff whose reportable remuneration was $200,001 or more for the financial period.

Table A - average annual reportable remuneration paid to substantive executives during the reporting period

Total remuneration

No. of executives

Average reportable salary* ($)

Average contributed superannuation ($)

Average allowances ($) Average bonus paid ($) Average total remuneration ($)
$200,000 and below

2

$66,545

$12,336

- - $78,881
$200,001 - $250,000

5

$192,069

$32,843

- - $224,912
$250,001 - $300,000

5

$233,484

$39,546

- - $273,030
$300,001 - $350,000

1

$260,562

$47,080

- - $307,642
$400,001 - $450,000

1

$358,916

$61,094

- - $420,010
Total executives 14          

*Includes any termination payments

Table B - staff with reportable remuneration over $200,001 during the reporting period

Total remuneration

Highly paid staff no.

Average reportable salary* ($)

Average contributed superannuation ($)

Average allowances ($) Average bonus paid ($) Average total remuneration ($)
$200,001 - $250,000

3

$203,196

$14,518

- - $217,715
$250,001 - $300,000

1

$239,994

$19,788

- - $259,782
Total highly paid staff 4          

*Includes any termination payments

The salary ranges have been consolidated to $50,000 to help protect the privacy of individuals.

Under the Privacy Act 1988 an individual's remuneration information is personal information. For the purposes of disclosure where an individual could reasonably be identified (for example when there are only a small number of people in a salary range) an individual is required to provide consent for their remuneration to be published.

Key definitions

The 'Average reportable salary' column is prepared on a cash basis using reportable salary defined as the sum of:

  1. gross payments (excluding bonuses);
  2. reportable fringe benefits (net amount);
  3. reportable employer superannuation contributions, and
  4. exempt foreign employment income

as reported in an individual's payment summary.

The 'Average contributed superannuation' column is prepared on a cash basis using contributed superannuation as defined as follows:

  • For individuals that are in a defined contribution scheme (e.g. PSSap), 'contributed superannuation' should include the defined contribution amounts. The amount is typically located on the individual's payslips; or
  • For individuals that are in a defined benefit scheme (e.g. PSS and CSS), 'contributed superannuation' should include the Notional Employer Contribution Rate (NECR) amount, Employer Productivity Superannuation Contribution (also known as the Productivity Component) and any Additional Lump Sum Contribution paid during the financial reporting period