The numbers of staff (excluding chief executives) who received $100,000 or more in total remuneration (including base salary plus any superannuation, performance and redundancy payments) are shown in two tables below, one for tertiary education institutions and the other for Public Service departments and selected Crown agencies[1]. As wage inflation increases salaries each year, more and more employees are moving into the $100,000+ income bracket[2].

The number in the Public Service and selected Crown agencies group increased by 2,321 or 18.2% in the year to 30 June 2020. This increase was partly due to the introduction of two new departmental agencies (Cancer Control Agency and National Emergency Management Agency). The number of employees in the tertiary education institutions group increased by 500 or 6.7% in the academic year to 31 December 2019.

[1] Data covers Public Service departments and departmental agencies (34 in 2019 and 36 in 2020), as well as six selected Crown agencies whose chief executives are under the Remuneration Authority jurisdiction, including the Audit Office, Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Office of the Ombudsmen, Parliamentary Service, Parliamentary Counsel Office, and Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. Data also covers tertiary education institutions (26 in 2018 and 2019).

[2] In 1998, Cabinet agreed that the disclosure of public sector remuneration would follow the Companies Act 1993 requirement, where total remuneration would be disclosed where it was above $100,000 (CAB (98) M8/3B(1)).

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