What is a remuneration package?

Total compensation & benefits

A remuneration package refers to the total compensation and benefits that an employee receives from their employer in exchange for their work.

It includes not only the base salary or wage but also various other components designed to attract and retain employees, align their interests with the company's goals, and provide for their well-being.

In Australia, remuneration packages typically consist of the following.

Base salary/wage

This is the fixed amount of money an employee receives on a regular basis, usually monthly or fortnightly. It forms the core of an employee's income.


In Australia, employers are legally required to contribute to their employees' superannuation funds, which are retirement savings accounts. The standard superannuation contribution rate is 10% of the employee's base salary, although this rate can vary.

Bonuses & incentives

Many remuneration packages include performance-based bonuses or incentives. These are usually tied to individual or company performance metrics and can be paid annually, quarterly, or at other intervals.


Benefits can include various perks such as health insurance, life insurance, dental coverage, and other forms of insurance, as well as allowances for things like a car, phone, or travel expenses.

Stock options or equity

In some cases, employees may receive stock options or equity in the company as part of their remuneration package. This gives them a stake in the company's performance and potential for financial gain if the company's value increases.

Additional leave

Some remuneration packages may offer additional leave days beyond standard vacation and sick leave, such as paid parental leave or study leave.

Salary sacrifice

This allows employees to exchange a portion of their salary for non-cash benefits, such as a car or additional superannuation contributions. It can have tax advantages for both employees and employers.

Other allowances

Depending on the nature of the job, employees may receive allowances for things like overtime, shift work, or remote work expenses.

Pension contributions

In some cases, especially in the public sector, employees may have pension contributions included in their remuneration package.

It's important to note that the specific components of a remuneration package can vary widely depending on the industry, the company's policies, and the employee's position within the organisation. Employers may tailor these packages to attract and retain talent, and negotiations between employers and employees can also lead to customised packages.

Employees in Australia are entitled to certain minimum employment conditions and benefits, including minimum wages, superannuation contributions, and paid leave, as mandated by Australian employment laws. However, the additional components of a remuneration package can vary significantly and depend on the terms negotiated between the employer and employee.

For more information regarding this topic, check out SEEK's article on how Australian salary packages are calculated. Additionally, you can click the button below to learn your rights regarding remuneration following termination.

What is a remuneration package?

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