Since January 2006 the city has offered staff the option of the sustainable travel allowance (STA) instead of a staff parking permit. On average, each year 40-50% of eligible staff choose the STA instead of a permit. All employees on the city’s payroll, other than casual employees receiving the 25% loading, are eligible to receive the STA.
To claim the Sustainable Travel Allowance staff must travel to work in any mode other than car as the driver. On average, about 54% of staff use public transport, 27% walk, 11% cycle, and 8% car pool.
Currently, the STA is $9 per day (after tax) and is simply logged on the staff member’s timesheet. Staff have reported that they find the STA a great incentive walk or cycle to work, or to use public transport more often. Those that would ordinarily do this find it to be a nice reward.
When staff first start working for the city they are offered the two options of STA or parking permit. On the 31 December each year STA selection and parking permits expire and so again staff have the option to switch to the STA.
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