Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOUs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S Mission in Canberra/Sydney/Melbourne/Perth may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation and other benefits.
For Eligible Family Members (EFMs), benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
The pay plan is assigned at the time of the Conditional Offer Letter by the Human Resource Office.
BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION FOR LOCALLY EMPLOYED STAFF
- Annual Leave: 160hours/4 weeks of annual leave are accrued per year.
- Annual Leave Loading, which is 17.5% of four weeks’ pay, is paid at the end of the calendar year (December).
- Sick Leave: 91hours are accrued per year (Accrual rate increases with years of service).
- Long Service Leave: 65 workdays/520hours paid leave after 11 years of service. Employees separating after 8 years of service receive a pro-rata lump sum.
- Maternity Leave: 42 days of parental leave is available for those employees who have completed 12 months of service.
- Paternal Leave: 5 days of paternal leave is available for those employees who have completed 12 months of service.
- Superannuation: The U.S. Government contributes 12%. Employees are required to contribute a minimum of 3%.
- All Locally Employed (LE) employees have an obligation to pay taxes which can be withheld from their salary.
- LE’s receive all U.S. and Local public holidays.
Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain 1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and 2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service Employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau. For more information (ie: what is a EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH etc) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link: https://carers.state.gov/downloads/files/definiations-for-va
HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:
- AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran
- AEFM / USEFM
- FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights
* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), equivalent documentation, or certification. A certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead.