State Government Entities Certified Agreement

Important message for Core Agreement bargaining

Update as at 19 May 2023

The State Government Entities Certified Agreement 2019 (the Core Agreement) nominally expires on 31 August 2023. Negotiations have commenced for a replacement agreement.

On 19 May 2023, the Government has made a written time limited offer to negotiating parties for the early resolution of the Core Agreement bargain. The Government is committed to ensuring the Core Agreement bargain is resolved expeditiously and that staff receive enhanced wages as early as possible.

View the Core Bargaining Offer (PDF, 101.9 KB)

The Government is offering its Core Agreement an early pay increase effective 1 July 2023, rather than waiting until the historical pay anniversary date of 1 September. The pay increases will be:

  • 4% in year 1
  • 4% in year 2
  • 3% in year 3.

Additionally, Government is offering the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) payment to be paid earlier than under normal circumstances, being at the beginning of the agreement year not the end of an agreement year.

This offer provides comparable wage enhancements to those bargains negotiated to date. Further, those wage enhancements have been agreed in approximately 23 bargains to date and arrangements are underway to ensure employees in those bargains have the benefit of enhanced wages as soon as possible.

This offer is time limited until 31 July 2023.

More information

If you have any questions about the negotiations, please contact your agency or union representative:

See Employee pay and benefits for information about the current Core Agreement.