Two models of contemporary public service wage determination in Australia

Louise Thornthwaite, Robyn Hollander

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There has been substantial change in industrial relations systems at federal and state level in Australia and this has had dramatic implications for public sector wage-fixing arrangements. This article outlines the main features of current systems for wage determination in the Australian public service and the public services of each state. While a complex and diverse set of regulations and wage-fixing mechanisms are in place in these seven jurisdictions, two models are emerging: one a collectivist, two-tiered model and the other a de-collectivist model which includes provision for individual agreements. The authors discuss the implications of the current wage-fixing systems and the two emerging models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-106
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1998


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