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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
38 naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 Graded other Ranks Pay Structure at a GLanCE A new Graded Other Ranks Pay Structure (GORPS) was approved by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT) with an effective date of 4 Sep 08. Under the new arrangements there will be ten pay grades instead of 16, and the dollar differentials between pay grades and some ranks (LS and PO) are being increased. Increments at the CPO and WO ranks have also been adjusted. The Navy outcomes include revised category and skill grade placements for ET, MT, AT, CIS, CT, CSO, CSOMW, BM, Reserve DVR, NPC, PTI and some SM categories. They also, for the first time, recognise important qualifications achieved by some Navy sailors, including navigation competencies for the BM, NPC, CSOMW and HSO categories, AIC for the CSO category, FSMS for ATA and ATV categories, Fire Control Officer for ETs and Ships Technical Officer for MTs. Placements for Navy Supply categories were not changed in GORPS, but some sailors will see pay differences due to the structural adjustments. The Navy Supply Categories were reviewed by Category Managers and the Navy Pay Case Team in the early phases of the GORPS process. However, these categories had been reviewed in 2003 by the DFRT, and there was no additional work value or capability aspect to reconsider at this time. the new structure The DFRT GORPS decision is the culmination of the Defence Remuneration Reform project that has been running for several years. The Remuneration Reform Project has so far created the Graded Officer Pay Structure (9 Aug 07) and the Graded Warrant Officer Pay Structure (9 Aug 07). The Graded Other Ranks Pay Structure (GORPS) is the final phase of the reform. Significantly, it is the first time Navy has considered the value of all its sailor categories together since 1995. Further, the tri-service nature of the GORPS deliberations has also ensured the relationships between Navy categories and the other Services have been closely examined. Some categories had not been reviewed for decades, so the GORPS process has been a great opportunity to take account of issues like contribution to capability, increasing sophistication of technology and work processes, increased governance and accountability. Differentials between pay grades have been increased, providing increased recognition on upskilling. Rank differentials were adjusted also, for promotion to LS and PO. This was to target the key separation points at the 6 and 12 year mark, which broadly corresponds with promotion to LS and PO. Changes have been made to the CPO increments in that the top increment has been removed. This change achieves a consistent differential of 2% for salary increments in GORPS and the WO structure. Warrant Officers. The WO structure will be changed from eight to 10 pay grades to align it with the new sailors’ pay structure. This will facilitate a more logical progression for members promoted from CPO to WO. This will apply to all current and future WOs. WO Tier A pay grades are informed by the placement of their parent categories. Tier B WOs will be placed in pay grade 7 and Tier C in pay grade 8 within the new structure. 26 Prince William Drive, Seven Hills NSW 2147 Fax: 9624 5877 9624 4688 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hotco.com.au kEY FEatuRES oF GoRPS • 16 pay groups now consolidated to ten pay grades • The new grades have the same total salary range as the 16 old groups • Pay differentials between grades have been increased • More money on promotion to Leading Seaman and Petty Officer • Aligns WO pay structure into 10 pay grades • Applies to Reserves • Will cost an additional $2.4 billion over 10 years • All pay changes will be backdated to 4 September 2008 • Creates a new Trainee pay structure wef 8 January 2009 • No-one will be worse off • Air Crew were reviewed separately but will be implemented at the same time CmdR WEndY BuLLEn, Ran The new structure also consolidates the previous increments for Tier A from three to two. This change reduces the level of intrusion by Warrant Officers in Tier A into Tier B and C pay points.