Target Remuneration is the level of pay that chief executives can expect to earn if they perform very well against the expected performance levels for the job.
To ensure there are consequences of a chief executive's performance against expected levels, only 90% of the Target Remuneration amount is paid fortnightly as salary, and 10% (the ‘Earn Back') is withheld until after performance has been assessed at the end of the year.
Full payment of the Earn Back is specifically linked to very good performance consistently over the year against achievement of the expectations for chief executives.
For chief executives to receive the Earn Back payment, their departments have to be well-managed and deliver core services effectively and efficiently. If they are not, then money can and will be withheld.