Establishment of the Tribunal
The Salaries and Allowances Tribunal is established by virtue of Section 5 of the Salaries and Allowances Act 1975 ("the Act").
The Act provides that the Tribunal must, at intervals of not greater than one year, inquire into and determine or report on the remuneration to be paid or provided to:
Ministers of the Crown and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet
A Parliamentary Secretary appointed under section 44A of the Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899
Officers and Members of the Parliament including additional remuneration to be paid or provided to members of committees of a House or joint committees of both Houses
Clerk of the Legislative Council or Clerk of the Legislative Assembly or the Deputy Clerk of either House
Officers of the Public Service holding offices included in the Special Division of the Public Service;
A person holding any other office of a full time nature, created or established under a law of the State that is prescribed for the purposes of this section, but not being an office the remuneration for which is determined by or under any industrial award or agreement made or in force under any other law of the State
Local Government CEOs and Elected Members
Judges, District Court Judges, Masters of the Supreme Court and Magistrates, and the Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission.
In addition, the Tribunal has a statutory responsibility to undertake the following:
The Premier shall, before an appointment is made to the office of Governor, request the Tribunal to inquire into, and determine, the remuneration to be paid to the Governor.
The Tribunal has responsibility for all matters relating to the level of benefits and scheme rules for the superannuation of Members of Parliament. The only constraints on the Tribunal’s powers are that it may not reduce a member’s accrued entitlements and that it must comply with any applicable Commonwealth legislation.
Entitlements of Former Premiers, Ministers and Members of Parliament
The Tribunal is required from time to time, to inquire into and determine the entitlements and benefits to be paid or provided to former Premiers of the State, former ministers of the Crown and former members of the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council of the State.
Decision Making Functions
The Salaries and Allowances Tribunal is an independent statutory authority with specific responsibilities. The Tribunal has the powers of a Royal Commission while undertaking inquiries in respect of its statutory responsibilities.
In respect to the inquiries that the Tribunal conducts under the various sections of the Act, the Tribunal regularly advertises its intention to conduct an inquiry and invites submissions from interested persons, parties and organisations.
Fees and Allowances of Tribunal Members
In accordance with the Act, the fees and allowances of Tribunal Members are set from time to time by the Governor in Executive Council.
The current fees, as set in 2011, are as follows –
- Chairman - $47,294 per annum
- Members - $31,214 per annum