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Police Pay Arrangements

The pay arrangements for police officers and police staff are completely different. This topic provides an overview of pay arrangements as the two groups have separate negotiating bodies at national level which operate in different ways.

Police Pay Arrangements: Quick Facts
  • Police officer terms and conditions are contained in the Police (Amendment) Regulations and Determinations ranging from 2003–2015.

  • The national negotiating body covering police officers was the Police Negotiating Body (PNB) until May 2014, when it was replaced by the independent Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB).

  • Pay and conditions for police staff are completely different and decided by a separate national negotiating body: the Police Staff Council (PSC). Not all forces subscribe to the PSC and have their own pay negotiating arrangements. Agreements reached at the PSC do not require any further level of approval at national level before implementation though local protocols at force level may require separate approval.

  • Most police forces incorporate the core conditions negotiated through the PSC into the contracts of employment of their police staff. Conditions are supplemented and sometimes varied by negotiation at local level.

  • At a local level police forces have their own HR policies and procedures that generally seek to incorporate PNB/PRRB and PABEW decisions and advice.