20 April 2016
Tribunal issues determination on REMUNERATION for Members of parliament
In its annual Determination issued today, the Western Australian Salaries and Allowances Tribunal has decided to increase by 1.5% the base salary of Members of Parliament.
This is the first change to the base salary of Members of Parliament since July 2014.
The Tribunal's overriding consideration in deciding the appropriate size of this adjustment was the state's economic circumstances.
The Tribunal noted that the increase is in line with inflationary forecasts and the Government's Public Sector Wages Policy Statement 2016, which will apply for public sector employees.
The Determination states:
"The Tribunal notes expectations that elected representatives will be able to respond to increasingly complex issues that impact on the state. It is also important that remuneration is sufficient to attract people committed to public service. However, at this time, and given the state's economic circumstances, only an economic adjustment is warranted."
The Determination made no change to allowances and entitlements provided to Members.
The Tribunal has adjusted Members' superannuation contribution rate from 12.5% to a new rate of 15.4%, which corresponds to arrangements for parliamentary service at the Commonwealth level.
Copies of the determinations are available at www.sat.wa.gov.au.
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MEDIA RELEASE - Salaries and Allowances Determinations 20 April 2015.pdf