Conciliation and Arbitration Branch

The Conciliation & Arbitration Branch is responsible for managing the Conciliation & Arbitration (C&A) Scheme for the members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF). The C&A scheme is an agreed process between the official side (the Department of Defence, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Permanent Defence Force) and the representative side (PDFORRA representing enlisted personnel and RACO representing commissioned officers) to address issues related to matters encompassed by the scheme, including rates of pay and allowances for members of the PDF; and terms and conditions for recruitment into and promotion within the PDF.

Conciliation and Arbitration Branch staff oversee and manage the implementation of the Public Service Pay Agreements in respect of the Defence Forces. The Branch also develops terms and conditions for new entrants and promotion competitions in the Defence Forces.