Executive and highly-paid staff remuneration

We report on what we pay our executives and other highly-paid staff. This provides greater transparency to the public.

Access to data

Our department was established on 1 February 2020. Before this, we were the:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of the Environment and Energy (Environment portfolio)

We haven’t yet reported as our new department. You can still access information published before we merged.

2017-18 financial year

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Agriculture

Senior Executive

Total remuneration Executives
No.
Average
Reportable Salary
Average
Contributed
superannuation
Average
Allowances
Average
bonus paid
Average
Total
remuneration
$200,000 and less 20 $113,017.00 $19,673.00 $72.00   $132,762.00
$200,001 to $225,000 4 $177,478.00 $32,267.00 $63.00   $209,808.00
$225,001 to $250,000 15 $206,908.00 $37,366.00 $0.00   $244,274.00
$250,001 to $275,000 29 $217,429.00 $39,680.00 $28.00   $257,137.00
$275,001 to $300,000 6 $244,819.00 $44,332.00 $0.00   $289,151.00
$300,001 to $325,000 8 $263,375.00 $44,464.00 $0.00   $307,839.00
$325,001 to $350,000 5 $252,975.00 $44,099.00 $38,869.00   $335,943.00
$350,001 to $400,000 4 $279,343.00 $44,638.00 $52,182.00   $376,163.00
$400,001 to $450,000 4 $330,814.00 $58,392.00 $34,728.00   $423,934.00
$700,000 to $725,000 1 $617,465.00 $80,504.00 $782.00   $698,751.00
Total number of executives 96          

Other highly paid employees

Total remuneration Highly paid staff
No.
Average
Reportable Salary
Average
Contributed
superannuation
Average
Allowances
Average
bonus paid
Average
Total
remuneration
$200,001 to $225,000 4 180,367.00 24,566.00     204,933.00
$225,001 to $250,000 3 203,392.00 29,692.00     233,084.00
Total number of highly paid staff 7          

You can also see past Agriculture remuneration reporting (NLA archive) .

Environment

This report includes the Department of the Environment and Energy, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Director of National Parks.

If you have difficulty accessing these files, contact us for help.

You can also see past Environment remuneration reporting (NLA archive).

Key requirements and definitions

We prepare the 'reportable salary' column on a cash basis. We use reportable salary as defined as the sum of:

  • gross payments (excluding bonuses)
  • reportable fringe benefits (net amount)
  • reportable employer superannuation contributions
  • exempt foreign employment income

This is as reported in an individual's payment summary.

We prepare the 'contributed superannuation' column on a cash basis. We use contributed superannuation as defined as:

  • For individuals that are in a defined contribution scheme (e.g. PSSap), ‘Contributed superannuation’ should include the defined contribution amounts. This amount is typically located on the individual's payslip.

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.

We prepare the 'reportable allowances' column on a cash basis. We use reportable allowances as is equal to the 'total allowances' figure as reported in an individual's payment summary. Reportable allowances excludes any allowances already reported in the gross payments line in the payment summary.

We prepare the 'bonus paid' column on a cash basis. We use bonus paid as equal to the actual bonus paid to individuals during the reporting period and as a component of gross payments reported on the payment summary.