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The Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal (Tribunal) has made its first Determination of Victorian Members of Parliament (MPs) salaries and allowances.

For MPs, the Determination sets the value of the following salaries and allowances:

  • basic salary
  • basic salary portion
  • additional salaries
  • any expense allowance
  • motor vehicle allowance
  • parliamentary accommodation sitting allowance
  • travel allowance
  • commercial transport allowance
  • international travel allowance
  • electorate allowance
  • Electorate Office and Communications Budget

Members of Parliament (Victoria) Determination No.01/2019

The full Determination and Statement of Reasons is available here:

Appendix A to the Determination: Notice of Intention

Appendix B to the Determination: Consultation

To support the making of the Determination, the Tribunal engaged Mercer Consulting (Australia) to undertake a desktop work-value assessment of the role of a backbench Member of the Victorian Parliament and to benchmark the basic salary of MPs in Victoria. The full report prepared by Mercer provided to the Tribunal is available here:

The Tribunal has issued a media release about the Determination:

Members of Parliament (Victoria) Guidelines No. 02/2019

Under s36 of the VIRTIPS Act, the Tribunal has the power to make guidelines for, or with respect to, the:

  • parliamentary accommodation sitting allowance
  • travel allowance
  • international travel allowance
  • commercial transport allowance
  • Electorate Office and Communications Budget

The Tribunal has made the Members of Parliament (Victoria) Guidelines No. 02/2019 which govern the eligibility and the use of the allowances listed above.

These Guidelines should be read together with the Determination in effect at the time.

The Tribunal made the Members of Parliament (Victoria) Guidelines No. 02/2019 following a period of consultation on suggested clarifications to the Members of Parliament (Victoria) Guidelines No. 01/2019, discussed below. The Tribunal has released a statement to explain the changes it has made to the Guidelines. 

Consultation on changes to the Members of Parliament (Victoria) Guidelines No. 01/2019

Following the publication of the Tribunal's Members of Parliament (Victoria) Guidelines No. 01/2019 (Guidelines) on 16 September 2019, the Tribunal received letters from the Special Minister of State and the Clerks of the Parliament of Victoria, requesting it clarify some aspects of the Guidelines.
The Tribunal sought feedback from interested parties on the changes the Tribunal was considering making to the Guidelines.

The Tribunal issued a discussion paper on the existing Guidelines to support persons providing feedback.

The Tribunal invited all persons and bodies to provide feedback and additional information relating to the draft changes and matters where the Tribunal required further information, and to suggest additional changes for the Tribunal’s consideration.

Submissions

The closing date for making a written submission to the Tribunal was 5pm on 6 December 2019.

Below are the submissions provided to the Tribunal where the author has given their consent for their submission to be published.

The submissions published on this website include the opinions and views of the authors of the submissions. No claim is made as to the accuracy of the content of the submissions. The opinions and views expressed by the submissions are not necessarily endorsed by the Tribunal or the Victorian Government and may not reflect either the policies or practices of the Government of Victoria.

Reviewed 20 December 2019

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