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Under the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal and Improving Parliamentary Standards Act 2019 (Vic) (VIRTIPS Act), the Tribunal is required to make Determinations setting the values of the allowances payable to Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors in Victorian Councils.

The first Determination will come into effect 6 months after the Tribunal receives a request from the Minister for Local Government to make the Determination. This request has not yet been received.

Allowances payable to Councillors are currently determined by Councils in accordance with limits set by the Victorian Government. The current limits for Councillor allowances are available on the Know your Council website. Queries regarding the specific existing allowance arrangements for Councillors should be directed to individual Councils.

This webpage will be updated with further information about the Determination process when it is available.

Further information about the proposed Determination is provided below.

What will the Determination cover?

The Tribunal must make a Determination setting the values of the allowances payable to Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors in all 79 Councils in Victoria.

The Determination must also provide for allowance categories, which may be specified for either a single Council or a group of Councils.

What is not in scope of the Determination?

The Determination will not cover the reimbursement of expenses incurred by Councillors or the provision of facilities and resources, which are determined by Councils in accordance with the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic).

Additionally, the Determination will not apply to any administrators of Councils, whose remuneration is determined by the Minister for Local Government.

How will the Tribunal make its Determination?

Under section 23A(5)(a) of the VIRTIPS Act, when making the first Determination, the Tribunal must comprehensively review the existing allowances and allowance categories under the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic), while taking into account:

  • similar allowances for elected members of local government bodies in other States
  • allowances for persons elected to other voluntary part-time bodies

The Tribunal’s Determination must set the value of allowances at not less than the existing equivalent allowances under the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic) (s23A(5)(c) of the VIRTIPS Act).

In making a Determination, the VIRTIPS Act provides that the Tribunal must also consider:

  • any statement or policy of the Victorian Government in relation to wages policy (s24(2)(a))
  • the financial position of the state of Victoria (s24(2)(b))
  • economic conditions and trends (s24(2)(c))
  • submissions received about the proposed Determination (s24(2)(d))

Reviewed 11 October 2020

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