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17 June 2015 - Local Government CEOs and Elected Members Determination (PDF)

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES ACT 1975

DETERMINATION OF THE SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES TRIBUNAL

ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND ELECTED MEMBERS

Pursuant to Section 7A and 7B

17 June 2015

 

PREAMBLE

1. Section 7A of the Salaries and Allowances Act 1975 (‘the SA Act’) requires the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’) at intervals of not more than 12 months, to “inquire into and determine, the amount of remuneration, or the minimum and maximum amounts of remuneration, to be paid or provided to chief executive officers of local governments”.

2. Section 7B(2) of the SA Act requires the Tribunal, at intervals of not more than 12 months, to inquire into and determine - 

  • the amount of fees, or the minimum and maximum amounts of fees, to be paid under the Local Government Act 1995 (‘the LG Act’) to elected council members for attendance at meetings;

  • the amount of expenses, or the minimum and maximum amounts of expenses, to be reimbursed under the LG Act to elected council members; and

  • the amount of allowances, or the minimum and maximum amounts of allowances, to be paid under the LG Act to elected council members.

CURRENT INQUIRY

3. In discharging its statutory requirement with respect to the remuneration of local government CEOs and elected members, the Tribunal has:

  • advertised for public submissions;

  • invited local governments and regional local governments inviting them to raise any issues relevant to the remuneration paid to their CEO or to the determination of fees, expenses and allowances for elected council members;

  • surveyed local governments and regional local governments as to the remuneration being paid to CEOs and regarding the fees, expenses and allowances paid to elected council members;

  • considered relevant labour market and economic data; and

  • sought advice from the Statutory Adviser, Jennifer Mathews, Director General, Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC).

SUBMISSIONS

4. An advertisement calling for public submissions to the Tribunal’s inquiry appeared in The West Australian newspaper on 25 February 2015, with a closing date of 10 April 2015, and on the Tribunal’s website at http://www.sat.wa.gov.au/LatestNews/Pages/Default.aspx.  

5. On 4 March 2015, the Tribunal emailed local governments and regional local governments to invite submissions with a closing date of 10 April 2015.

6. Local governments were provided with a template submission form to ensure the Tribunal was able to capture data on a broad range of issues including:

  • major growth and development;
  • significant social and economic issues;
  • significant demand to service and support non-resident needs;
  • high impact environmental management issues and responsibilities;
  • greater diversity of services delivered than normally provided by similar sized local governments;
  • recruitment issues;
  • remuneration issues; and
  • other distinguishing features.

7. On 6 March 2015, the Tribunal wrote to the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) and the Western Australian division of the Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA), inviting submissions to its inquiry by 10 April 2015.

8. A total of 18 submissions were received. A late submission from the Local Government Managers Australia was also received.

9. No submissions were received from members of the public.

10. Aside from those local governments who requested an increase in classification,
matters raised in the submissions included that:

  • elected members in band 2 local governments were undertaking work and responsibilities at a similar level to band 1 local governments and that the fees provided to band 2 elected members should be set at approximately $30,000;

  • the Tribunal should determine that superannuation should be payable to elected members in roles of a ‘full time nature’ rather than leave it as a decision of the local government; and

  • the difficulties associated with geographically large and remote local governments needs to be adequately recognised in the Tribunal’s determinations.

11.  The Tribunal considered all feedback received.

QUESTIONNAIRE

12. On 21 April 2015, a questionnaire was provided to local government and regional local government CEOs through an online provider in order to obtain information relating to their Total Reward Packages (TRP)

13. On 23 April 2015, a second questionnaire was provided to obtain information relating to the fees, expenses and allowances paid to their elected council members.

14. Responses to the questionnaires were initially requested by 7 May 2015 but the submission period was extended until 15 May 2015.  Late responses were accepted until 5 June 2015. In total, 131 responses were received from local governments and regional local governments for the CEO survey and 127 responses were received for the elected member survey.

15. The Murchison Regional Vermin Council was excused from responding as its CEO role is undertaken by the CEO of one of the member local governments, who does not receive additional remuneration.   

16. The information provided assists the Tribunal to make informed decisions. Some questions were developed in response to requests from local governments. The Tribunal greatly appreciates the cooperation of local governments and regional local governments that responded to the questionnaire.

17. The 15 local governments that failed to respond to the CEO survey and 20 local governments that failed to respond to the elected member survey have been identified in the determination and will be contacted by the Tribunal.

18. The Tribunal reminds all non-respondents that it is the responsibility of the CEO to provide information requested as part of the inquiry process. Although the SA Act provides the Tribunal with the powers of a Royal Commission to subpoena information relevant to its inquiries, it prefers to work cooperatively with local governments and regional local governments.

19. Failure to provide information to future inquiries of the Tribunal may result in the Tribunal determining specific amounts, rather than minimum and maximum ranges. 

ASSISTANCE FROM STATUTORY ADVISOR

20. The Tribunal sought advice from Jennifer Mathews, Director General, DLGC, who was appointed by the Premier under section 10(4)(c) of the SA Act, to assist the Tribunal in its inquiries into to the remuneration of local government and regional local government CEOs.

CONSIDERATIONS

21. In undertaking this determination, the Tribunal is mindful of the magnitude and complexity of the local government sector. There are 138 local governments and 10 regional local governments in WA, which in 2013-14 accounted for a total operating and capital expenditure of approximately $4.88 billion. There are approximately 15,000 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees spread across geographic areas ranging from 1.5 square kilometres to 371,696 square kilometres.[1]

22. The Tribunal has taken into account sections 2.7 to2.10 and 5.41 of the LG Act which outlines the roles and responsibilities of local governments, councillors, mayors, presidents and their deputies and the functions of local government CEOs.

23. The information received from individual local governments, CEOs and the Statutory Advisor continues to keep the Tribunal informed on developments across the sector.

Local Government population, expenditure and staff levels

24. The Tribunal requested and received the following data from the DLGC:

  • Population as at 30 June 2014 (ABS Catalogue 3218.0);

  • Total FTE employees 2013-14;

  • Operating expenditure 2013-14; and

  • Three year averaged capital expenditure (2011-12 to 2013-14).

 Labour market and economic data

25. The Tribunal considered relevant labour market and economic data, as well as the
State Government’s economic forecasts.

26. In the course of the inquiry, the Tribunal considered a number of serious economic issues evident in the Western Australian economy. In handing down the 2015 Budget, the Treasurer described the current economic situation as “the most challenging economic and fiscal environment the State has faced in at least the last three decades”[2]. General government revenue in 2015-16 is estimated to be $1.6 billion or 5.8% lower than actual revenue in 2013-14.

27. The Tribunal has also noted:

  • the State’s economic performance has been affected by the transition of resource projects from construction to production phase, along with substantial drop in commodity prices;

  • declining business confidence reflected in employers reducing capital expenditure and employment levels;

  • declining private sector investment in the economy;

  • increasing unemployment and redundancies, which are predicted to rise further; 

  • a substantial decline in the state’s economic performance, leaving WA behind most other States and Territories in terms of growth in State Final Demand;

  • declining wages in the wider community; and

  • low levels of inflation, which has meant that the cost of living for WA employees has not significantly changed compared to this time last year.

28. The challenging economic environment is apparent throughout the state. In arriving at its decision, among other factors, the Tribunal noted significant numbers of redundancies in the mining sector, pay freezes or pay cuts in the private sector, falling property values in the Pilbara and other areas, the public sector’s workforce renewal policy and other efficiency measures, the predicted increase in the unemployment rate to 6.25% in 2015/16 which would be the highest level in over a decade.

Band allocation model

29. The Tribunal continues to utilise the four band classification model adopted in its 2012 determination. The model provides for a range of factors to be taken into account including:

  • major growth and development;
  • strategic planning, including risk management;
  • infrastructure development and asset management;
  • significant social/economic/environmental issues;
  • significant demand to service and support non-resident needs;
  • diversity of services;
  • community involvement and advocacy;
  • state or national negotiations;
  • operational and managerial requirements;
  • capacity to pay;
  • total expenditure;
  • population; and
  • FTEs.

30. The Tribunal considered all local governments and regional local governments placed near the top or bottom of a band with the potential to change bands, regardless of whether a submission was received. Particular attention was given to those local governments and regional local governments where expenditure, population and/or FTE figures had significantly increased over the 2013-14 financial year. This is based on the range of factors identified under the band allocation model and not just consideration of one or two indicators of growth in isolation. The Tribunal will continue to review the circumstance of regional and remote local governments to ensure that the particular issues relevant to those local governments are accommodated with the band allocation model.

31. The Tribunal emphasises that there is significant room for growth within each band before an increase in classification is warranted. A request for an increase in classification will only be recognised where it is demonstrated that the local government or regional local government has experienced a substantial and sustained increase in work value.

Training for elected council members

32. In response to issues raised by local governments themselves, the Tribunal has continued to evaluate the possibility of providing incentives for elected council members who participate in training programs. The Tribunal has noted advice from DLGC that pilot training programmes are being rolled out. While the Tribunal is generally amenable to providing incentives for elected members to undertake training that will develop the skills related to their core responsibilities, it has determined that it is not appropriate to provide incentives until the completion of the pilot program and the training for elected members is more generally available.

33. The Tribunal will monitor the situation and will consider attendance rates at programmes conducted in 2015-16.

Superannuation

34. The Tribunal has re-examined the issue of superannuation following a submission to the inquiry.  The Tribunal has re-affirmed its decision that there already is legislative provision for such arrangements to be made by local governments under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cwlth). In addition, the Tribunal found that there was an Australian Tax Office Interpretive Decision which allowed for council members and councils to agree for the whole or part of their attendance fees to be paid into a superannuation fund. Accordingly the Tribunal has left the decision on the superannuation of elected member attendance fees at the discretion of each local government. Further information on superannuation for elected members is contained in the explanatory notes of this determination.

CEO Questionnaire Results

35. Eighty-nine per cent of local governments and regional local governments responded to the Tribunal’s questionnaire regarding CEO remuneration packages.  Although this response was slightly below the 93 per cent response rate from 2014, the Tribunal is confident in the data provided, although some information involved errors which may have arisen through data entry error or a misunderstanding of the components of remuneration..

36. Data obtained through the questionnaire indicated that approximately 86 per cent of local governments and regional local governments are remunerating their CEO within the TRP range provided for in the Tribunal’s 2014 determination. Of these, 27 per cent of CEOs are being remunerated within the top 25 per cent of their band.

37. Seventeen local governments and regional local governments provided TRP figures which exceeded the maximum of their band as outlined in the Tribunal’s 2014 determination. The majority of these TRPs were for CEOs classified as preserved for the purposes of clause 43 the LG Act (Transitional Provisions) and therefore outside the Tribunal’s jurisdiction. However there were a few instances where local governments or regional local governments reported a TRP above the range determined by the Tribunal, while some of these may be due to data collection errors, the Tribunal strongly advises that it is local governments’ own responsibility to ensure they comply with the Tribunal’s determinations.

38. Local governments and regional local governments are further advised that if a preserved CEO ceases in the position and a temporary acting arrangement is undertaken, the person acting as CEO must receive remuneration within the TRP parameters determined by the Tribunal.

39. The Tribunal requests that local governments and regional local governments maintain a record of figures associated with relevant components of the TRP so that accurate information can be easily provided as part of the annual inquiry process. The typical components of a CEO’s TRP are outlined in Schedule 1 (Part 1.3) of this determination. Factors which are relevant to a CEO’s remuneration and may form part of the TRP are outlined in Schedules 2, 3 and 4. This includes any superannuation guarantee associated with the payment of a Regional/Isolation Allowance, and any associated FBT accrued from the provision of a motor vehicle or accommodation.  

Elected Member Questionnaire results

40. Approximately 86 per cent of local governments and regional local governments responded to the Tribunal’s questionnaire regarding the fees, expenses and allowances paid to elected members.  The Tribunal is reasonably confident in the data provided, although, as for data on CEOs, some responses contained errors.

41. In response to issues raised in 2012 by local government expressing a desire to ensure the representation of the local government reflected the demography of their communities, the questionnaire requested information regarding the gender and age of elected council members. A total of 1024 elected members were reported, comprising 701 males and 232 females. The majority of elected council members (51 per cent) were reported as being aged between 45 and 64 with a further 24 per cent being aged above 64 years. With only 4.3 per cent were reported as being aged between 18 and 34. 

42. The survey has indicated that an increasing number of councils are electing to provide an annual attendance fee rather than a fee per meeting. All band 1 and band 2 respondents reported that their elected council members claimed an annual attendance. In band 3, 28 of the 31 respondents claimed an annual attendance fee. While the number of band 4 elected council members who claimed an annual attendance fee was 18 out of 52.  Five regional local governments out of the seven that responded claimed an annual attendance fee.

43. With respect to the additional allowance for mayors/presidents, the survey indicated only 3 local governments and 2 regional local governments did not provide an annual allowance for their Mayors, Presidents or Chairpersons.

CEO Regional/Isolation Allowance

44. The Regional/Isolation Allowance is available to all local governments listed under Part 3 of the CEO determination. The allowance is discretionary and local governments have the flexibility to determine an appropriate payment not exceeding the maximum annual figure stated. 

45. Forty-four out of 50 local governments currently eligible to access the Regional/Isolation Allowance responded to the Tribunal’s questionnaire. Of these, 18 provided information indicating that they were paying their CEO some form of Regional/Isolation Allowance. Seven CEOs reported receiving the maximum annual allowance. The total amount of Regional/Isolation Allowance paid ranged from $10,000 to $62,475. 

46. The Tribunal reminds eligible local governments that although the Regional/Isolation Allowance is additional to the TRP, it is to be paid as salary and may attract the superannuation guarantee. As the superannuation guarantee forms part of a CEO’s TRP, caution should be taken to ensure that provision of this allowance does not result in the maximum of the awarded TRP range being exceeded.

Annual review process and provision of data to the Tribunal

47. The Tribunal will continue to request information annually regarding the amounts of fees, expenses and allowances paid to local governments and regional local government elected council members and remuneration provided to CEOs.

48. The Tribunal appreciates the feedback received regarding improvements to the questionnaire process and will look to implement these changes for the 2016 inquiry

49. Local governments and regional local governments are advised to record all figures for each elected member and CEO relevant to each section of the determination, including reimbursement figures relating to the 2014-15 financial year, as this information will be requested as part of the Tribunal’s 2016 inquiry. 

CONCLUSIONS

50. In light of the serious economic issues evident in the Western Australian economy, the circumstances demand a degree of caution in any decision of the Tribunal. The Tribunal has determined there will be no increase at this time in the remuneration, fees, expenses or allowance ranges provided for CEOs or elected members.

51. The Tribunal notes that a majority of local governments retain the capacity to provide an increase within the current band parameters. Each local government must satisfy itself that there is sound justification to award their CEO an increase within their allotted band in the current economic climate.

52. The Tribunal has considered all local governments considered to have potential to change classification by being upgraded or downgraded.  In reviewing the classification framework, band allocation model and all other relevant information, the Tribunal has upgraded the City of Belmont from Band 2 to Band 1. The Tribunal considered a range of factors including the City’s involvement in major infrastructure projects including Gateway WA and the airport rail link, increased levels of work value, growth and responsibility outlined in their submission and in data collected by the Tribunal. While the Tribunal acknowledges that other local governments have experienced differing levels of growth and increased complexity, it was considered that this growth can be accommodated within their existing band classification.

53. The Tribunal has changed the travel reimbursement rates for elected members from the Public Service Award 1992 to the Local Government Officers’ (Western Australia) Interim Award 2011.

54. The Tribunal has made no further changes to its determination.

55. Before renewing the contract of a preserved CEO, local governments and regional local governments are required under clause 43(4) of the LG Act to consider the Tribunal’s determination regarding the remuneration paid to CEOs of comparable local governments. 

56. The Tribunal reinforces its preference for the reimbursement of actual expenses wherever possible and, accordingly, has maintained the annual allowances for information and communication technology (ICT) and travel and accommodation provided for in the 2013 determination.  Although these annual allowances are to be paid in lieu of reimbursement of such expenses, the Tribunal maintains the fundamental principle that elected council members should not be out of pocket for expenses properly incurred in the fulfilment of their duties and that any expense incurred beyond the annual allowance amount received should continue to be reimbursed in accordance with the LG Regulations.

57. Nothing in this determination shall be interpreted and/or applied in such a manner as to circumvent the intention of the Tribunal to ensure transparency and accountability in the remuneration of Local Government CEOs and the provision of fees, expenses and allowances to elected members.

58. Information on the remuneration of CEOs and elected council members is available to the public under section 5.94 of the LG Act or through the minutes of council meetings.

59. In conclusion, the Tribunal would like to acknowledge those who assisted with this inquiry. Information provided enabled the Tribunal to appreciate the issues impacting various local governments and the sector generally, and also gain feedback regarding the effectiveness of its determinations.

This determination will now issue.

 

Signed this 17th day of June 2015.

 

W S Coleman AM

C A Broadbent

B J Moore

CHAIRMAN

MEMBER

MEMBER

SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES TRIBUNAL

 

DETERMINATION FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

PURSUANT TO SECTION 7A OF THE

SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES ACT 1975

CONTENTS

Part 1:  Introductory Matters

1.1              Short Title

1.2              Commencement

1.3              Content and intent

1.4              Terms used

1.5              Pro rata payments

1.6              Local government band allocations

Part 2:  Total Reward Package

2.1             General

2.2             Local Government classification

2.3             Regional Local Government classification

Part 3:  Regional/Isolation Allowance

3.1            General

3.2            Regional/Isolation Allowance

Part 4:  Housing Allowance

4.1           General

4.2           Housing Allowance

Part 5:  Motor Vehicle Allowance

5.1           General

5.2           Private benefit value

Schedule 1:  Local Government Non-respondents

 

PART 1: INTRODUCTORY MATTERS

This Part deals with some matters that are relevant to the determination generally.

1.1  Short title

This determination may be cited as the Local Government Chief Executive Officers Determination No. 1 of 2015.

1.2  Commencement

This determination comes into operation on 1 July 2015.

1.3  Content and intent

(1)  The remuneration listed in this determination comprises all remuneration as defined under the Salaries and Allowances Act 1975 as including salary, allowances, fees, emoluments and benefits.

(2)  The determination applies to

a.  Chief Executive Officers; and

b.  Acting Chief Executive Officers.

(3)  The remuneration specified in this determination is based on a person being appointed to one Local Government CEO position only. In the case of a person being appointed to undertake the duties of more than one CEO position simultaneously, the relevant Local Governments must seek a determination from the Tribunal for the multiple CEO positions held by that person.

(4)  If a Local Government undergoes an amalgamation or a rezoning of Local Government boundaries, the Local Government is required to seek a new determination from the Tribunal.

1.4  Pro rata payments

The amount of a person’s entitlement to remuneration specified in this determination shall be apportioned on a pro rata basis according to the portion of a year that the person holds office.

1.5  Local government band allocations

Unless the contrary intention appears, local governments are allocated in this determination to the bands set out in Part 2 of this determination. 

PART 2:  TOTAL REWARD PACKAGE

This Part deals with the remuneration payable to Chief Executive Officers.

2.1  GENERAL

(1)  Offices listed in this Part have been assigned by the Tribunal to one of four classifications designated Band 1 to Band 4.

(2)  Each classification (Band 1 to Band 4) has a commensurate Total Reward Package (TRP) range.

(3)  Typical components of a TRP include:

a.  Base salary;

b.  Annual leave loading;

c.  Associated FBT accrued (total annual amount of fringe benefits tax paid by the Local Government for all fringe benefits provided to a CEO);

d.  Association membership fees;

e.  Attraction/retention allowance, not being provided under Schedule 2;

f.  Personal benefit value of the provision of a motor vehicle for private use (if applicable) as defined under Schedule 4 of this determination;

g.  Cash bonus and performance incentives;

h.  Cash in lieu of a motor vehicle;

i.  Fitness club fees;

j.  Grooming/clothing allowance;

k.  Health insurance;

l.  School fees and/or child’s uniform;

m.  Superannuation (all mandatory and non-mandatory employer superannuation contributions);

n.  Travel or any other benefit taken in lieu of salary;

o.  Travel for spouse or any other member of family;

p.  Unrestricted entertainment allowance;

q.  Utilities allowance (any water, power or other utility subsidy provided to the CEO); and

r.  Any other form of payment, in cash or not, in consideration of a reward or benefit of the CEOs duties.

(4)  The only exclusions from the TRP are:

a.  The items listed in Parts 3, 4 and 5 of this determination (however, any superannuation guarantee associated with the payment of a Regional/Isolation Allowance and any associated FBT accured from the provision of a motor vehicle or accommodation are to be included as part of the TRP);

b.  Employer obligations such as professional development (restricted to the CEO), reimbursement for genuine work expenses or the cost of recruitment and relocation expenses; and

c.  Those items that are considered to be a tool of trade by the Local Government (i.e. the equipment needed to undertake the duties of a CEO) and which are not a direct or indirect reward or benefit for the performance of duties as a CEO.

2.2  LOCAL GOVERNMENT CLASSIFICATION

(1)  The ranges of TRP in Table 1 apply where a local government or regional local government has been classified into the relevant band.

Table 1: Local Government band classification – Total Reward Package range

Band

Total Reward Package

Number of Local Governments or Regional Local Governments

1

$244,232 - $370,220

20

2

$201,433 - $311,907

24

3

$154,045 - $252,917

37

4

$125,079 - $195,280

65

(2)  Local Governments have been classified in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Local Government band classification

Local Government​Band​Total Reward Package

Albany City

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Armadale City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Ashburton Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Augusta-Margaret River Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Bassendean Town

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Bayswater City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Belmont City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Beverley Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Boddington Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Boyup Brook Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Brookton Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Broome Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Broomehill-Tambellup Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Bruce Rock Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Bunbury City

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Busselton City

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Cambridge Town

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Canning City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Capel Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Carnamah Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Carnarvon Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Chapman Valley Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Chittering Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Claremont Town

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Cockburn City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Collie Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Coolgardie Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Coorow Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Corrigin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Cottesloe Town

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Cranbrook Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Cuballing Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Cue Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Cunderdin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Dalwallinu Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Dandaragan Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Dardanup Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Denmark Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Derby-West Kimberley Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Donnybrook Balingup Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Dowerin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Dumbleyung Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Dundas Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

East Fremantle Town

3

$154,045 - $252,917

East Pilbara Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Esperance Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Exmouth Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Fremantle City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Gingin Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Gnowangerup Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Goomalling Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Gosnells City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Greater Geraldton City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Halls Creek Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Harvey Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Irwin Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Jerramungup Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Joondalup City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Kalamunda Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Kalgoorlie-Boulder City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Katanning Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Kellerberrin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Kent Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Kojonup Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Kondinin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Koorda Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Kulin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Kwinana City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Lake Grace Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Laverton Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Leonora Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Mandurah City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Manjimup Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Meekatharra Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Melville City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Menzies Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Merredin Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Mingenew Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Moora Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Morawa Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Mosman Park Town

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Mount Magnet Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Mount Marshall Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Mukinbudin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Mundaring Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Murchison Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Murray Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Nannup Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Narembeen Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Narrogin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Narrogin Town

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Nedlands City

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Ngaanyatjarraku Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Northam Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Northampton Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Nungarin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Peppermint Grove Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Perenjori Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Perth City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Pingelly Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Plantagenet Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Port Hedland Town

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Quairading Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Ravensthorpe Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Rockingham City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Roebourne Shire

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Sandstone Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Shark Bay Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

South Perth City

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Stirling City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Subiaco City

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Swan City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Tammin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Three Springs Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Toodyay Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Trayning Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Upper Gascoyne Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Victoria Park Town

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Victoria Plains Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Vincent Town

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Wagin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Wandering Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Wanneroo City

1

$244,232 - $370,220

Waroona Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

West Arthur Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Westonia Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Wickepin Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Williams Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Wiluna Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Wongan Ballidu Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Woodanilling Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Wyalkatchem Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Wyndham-East Kimberley Shire

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Yalgoo Shire

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Yilgarn Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

York Shire

3

$154,045 - $252,917

(3)  Regional Local Governments have been classified in Table 3 below.

Table 3: Regional Local Government band classification

​Regional Local Government​Band​Total Reward Package per Annum

Bunbury-Harvey Regional Council

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Mindarie Regional Council

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Murchison Regional Vermin Council

-

-

Pilbara Regional Council

4

$125,079 - $195,280

Rivers Regional Council

3

$154,045 - $252,917

Southern Metropolitan Regional Council

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Tamala Park Regional Council

2

$201,433 - $311,907

Western Metropolitan Regional Council

4

$125,079 - $195,280

(4)  The Murchison Regional Vermin Council is not awarded a band classification as the CEO position is undertaken by the CEO of one of the member Local Governments who does not receive additional remuneration for this purpose.

 

PART 3:  REGIONAL/ISOLATION ALLOWANCE

This Part deals with the Regional/Isolation Allowance that may payable to Chief Executive Officers from Local Governments identified in this Part.

3.1  GENERAL

(1)  Local Governments listed under Table 4 in this Part have access to an amount additional to the Total Reward Package for CEO remuneration in recognition of the regional and isolation factors which may affect the attraction and retention of the CEOs of those Local Governments.

(2)  Local Governments are not required to pay all or any of this amount and the payment of this allowance is at the discretion of the Local Government, albeit within the parameters set by the Tribunal

(3)  When a Local Government chooses to use all or any of this allowance, the payment of the allowance should be properly justified and applied in a transparent manner.

(4)  When a Local Government chooses to pay all or any of this allowance, it is to be paid to the CEO as salary.

3.2  REGIONAL/ISOLATION ALLOWANCE

(1)  Local Governments eligible to for the Regional/Isolation Allowance have been classified below in Table 4.

Table 4: Regional/Isolation Allowance

Local Government​Maximum Regional/Isolation Allowance per Annum

Ashburton Shire

$55,000

Broome Shire

$35,000

Carnamah Shire

$30,000

Carnarvon Shire

$30,000

Chapman Valley Shire

$30,000

Coolgardie Shire

$30,000

Coorow Shire

$30,000

Cue Shire

$40,000

Derby-West Kimberley Shire

$45,000

Dundas Shire

$30,000

East Pilbara Shire

$55,000

Esperance Shire

$25,000

Exmouth Shire

$35,000

Geraldton-Greenough City

$25,000

Halls Creek Shire

$65,000

Irwin Shire

$30,000

Jerramungup Shire

$25,000

Kalgoorlie-Boulder City

$30,000

Kent Shire

$10,000

Kondinin Shire

$10,000

Kulin Shire

$10,000

Lake Grace Shire

$10,000

Laverton Shire

$40,000

Leonora Shire

$40,000

Meekatharra Shire

$40,000

Menzies Shire

$30,000

Merredin Shire

$10,000

Mingenew Shire

$30,000

Morawa Shire

$30,000

Mount Magnet Shire

$30,000

Mount Marshall

$10,000

Mukinbudin Shire

$25,000

Murchison Shire

$30,000

Narembeen Shire

$10,000

Ngaanyatjarraku Shire

$40,000

Northampton Shire

$30,000

Nungarin Shire

$10,000

Perenjori Shire

$30,000

Port Hedland Town

$70,000

Ravensthorpe Shire

$30,000

Roebourne Shire

$70,000

Sandstone Shire

$30,000

Shark Bay Shire

$35,000

Three Springs Shire

$30,000

Upper Gascoyne Shire

$35,000

Westonia Shire

$25,000

Wiluna Shire

$40,000

Wyndham-East Kimberley Shire

$45,000

Yalgoo Shire

$30,000

Yilgarn Shire

$25,000


PART 4: 
HOUSING ALLOWANCE

This Part deals with the Housing Allowance that may be payable to Chief Executive Officers.

4.1  GENERAL

(1)  In recognition of the need for Local Governments to provide accommodation as a result of a lack of suitable housing or recruitment issues, on either a permanent or temporary basis, Local Governments are able to utilise this allowance as required.

(2)  When a Local Government chooses to utilise this allowance, the payment of the allowance should be properly justified and applied in a transparent manner.

(3)  Any accommodation provided under this Part must be located within or adjacent to the Local Government Area within which the CEO is employed.

(4)  Local Governments should tailor the provision of any housing allowance to suit their particular circumstances. This may include the CEO making contributions towards the cost of the accommodation.

4.2  APPLICABLE HOUSING ALLOWANCE

(1)  Where a Local Government owns a property and provides that property to the CEO for accommodation, the value of this accommodation will not be included in the Total Reward Package.

(2)  For reporting purposes, the value of the Local Government owned property shall be valued at the annual Gross Rental Value of the property as determined by the Valuer General.

(3)  Where a Local Government leases accommodation for the use of the CEO, the lease costs will not be included in the Total Reward Package.

(4)  For reporting purposes, the value of the Local Government leased property shall be the annual actual costs of the accommodation lease.

PART 5MOTOR VEHICLE

This Part deals with the provision of motor vehicles to Chief Executive Officers.

5.1  GENERAL

(1)  For Local Governments listed in Table 4 under Part 3 of this determination, any motor vehicle provided to the CEO by the Local Government is to be considered a tool of trade (i.e. a tool needed to undertake the duties of a CEO in these Local Governments). Any private benefit of the vehicle will not be considered as part of the Total Reward Package.

(2)  For Local Governments not listed in Table 4 under Part 3 of this determination, the private benefit value of any motor vehicle provided to the CEO by the Local Government is to be included in the Total Reward Package.

5.2  PRIVATE BENEFIT VALUE

(1)  The private benefit value of the motor vehicle will be dependent on the type of motor vehicle provided, method of ownership (i.e. Local Government owned or leased), maintenance and running costs, insurance, any applicable luxury car tax and the amount of private use of the vehicle (i.e. non-business use).

(2)  As a general rule, the private benefit value would be based upon the annual costs multiplied by the percentage of private use.

(3)  Local Governments and CEOs will need to come to an agreement on the most appropriate way to record the amount of private use in order to calculate the private benefit value.

 

Signed this 17th day of June 2015. 

 

W S Coleman AM

C A Broadbent

B J Moore

CHAIRMAN

MEMBER

MEMBER

SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES TRIBUNAL

 

SCHEDULE 1: LOCAL GOVERNMENT NON-RESPONDENTS

  • Bayswater City
  • Carnarvon Shire
  • Manjimup Shire
  • Meekatharra Shire
  • Mingenew Shire
  • Morawa Shire
  • Ngaanyatjarraku Shire
  • Perenjori Shire
  • Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire
  • South Perth City
  • Subiaco City
  • Swan City
  • Wongan Ballidu Shire
  • Yalgoo Shire
  • Southern Metropolitan Regional Council

 

DETERMINATION FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS

PURSUANT TO SECTION 7B OF THE SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES ACT 1975

CONTENTS

Part 1:  Introductory Matters

1.1       Short Title

1.2       Commencement

1.3       Content and intent

1.4       Terms used

1.5       Pro rata payments

1.6       Local government band allocations

Part 2:  Meeting Attendance Fees

2.1       General

2.2       Council meeting attendance fees – per meeting

2.3       Committee meeting and prescribed meeting attendance fees – per meeting

2.4       Annual attendance fees in lieu of council meeting, committee meeting and prescribed meeting attendance fees

Part 3:  Annual Allowance for a Mayor, President, Chairman, Deputy Mayor, Deputy President and Deputy Chairman

3.1       General

3.2       Annual allowance for a mayor, president or chairman

3.3       Annual allowance for a deputy mayor, deputy president or deputy chairman

Part 4:  Expenses to be Reimbursed

4.1       General

4.2       Extent of expenses to be reimbursed

Part 5:  Annual Allowances in lieu of Reimbursement of Expenses

5.1       General

5.2       Annual allowances determined instead of reimbursement for particular types of expenses

Schedule 1:  Local Government Band Allocations

Schedule 2: Local Government Non-respondents

Explanatory Notes

 

PART 1:  INTRODUCTORY MATTERS

This Part deals with some matters that are relevant to the determination generally.

1.1  Short title

This determination may be cited as the Local Government Elected Council Members Determination No. 1 of 2015.

1.2  Commencement

This determination comes into operation on 1 July 2015.

1.3  Content and intent

(1)  This determination provides for the amount of fees, expenses and allowances to be paid or reimbursed under the Local Government Act 1995 (‘the LG Act’) Part 5 Division 8 to elected council members. The determination applies to elected council members who are members of the council of a local government. Under the LG Act section 3.66, it also applies to elected council members who are members of the council of a regional local government.

(2)  Where the Tribunal has determined a specific amount for a fee, expense or allowance for elected council members of a local government or regional local government, the amount determined by the Tribunal will be payable to an eligible elected council member.

(3)  Where the Tribunal has determined a minimum and maximum amount for a fee, expense or allowance for elected council members of a local government or regional local government, each local government or regional local government council will set an amount within the relevant range determined and the amount set will be payable to an eligible elected council member.

(4)  The fees, expenses and allowances determined are intended to recognise the responsibilities of elected council members, mayors and presidents of local governments and chairmen of regional local governments and to remunerate them for the performance of the duties associated with their office.

1.4  Terms used

In this determination, unless the contrary intention appears -

chairman means a person who is elected or appointed from among the members of a council of a regional local government as its chairman;

committee meeting means a meeting of a committee of a council where the committee comprises –

(a)   council members only; or

(b)   council members and employees of the local government or regional local government;

council –

(a)  in relation to a local government, means the council of the local government;

(b)  in relation to a regional local government, means the council of the regional local government;

council member –

(a)  in relation to a local government –

(i)  means a person elected under the LG Act as a member of the council of the local government; and

(ii)  includes the mayor or president of the local government;

(b)  in relation to a regional local government –

(i)  means a person elected under the LG Act as a member of the council of a local government and who is a member of the council of the regional local government; and

(ii)  includes the chairman of the regional local government;

LG Regulations means the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996;

mayor means a council member holding the office of mayor, whether elected by the council from amongst its members or elected by the electors;

operating revenue means revenue that is operating revenue for the purposes of the Australian Accounting Standards made and amended from time to time by the Australian Accounting Standards Board;

president means a council member holding the office of president, whether elected by the council from amongst its members or elected by the electors.

1.5  Pro rata payments

The amount of a person’s entitlement to an annual attendance fee or annual allowance specified in this determination shall be apportioned on a pro rata basis according to the portion of a year that the person holds office as a council member and is eligible for the relevant annual attendance fee or annual allowance.

1.6  Local government band allocations

Unless the contrary intention appears, local governments are allocated in this determination to the bands set out in Schedule 1 of this determination.  Regional local governments are not allocated to bands.

PART 2:  MEETING ATTENDANCE FEES

This Part deals with fees payable to council members for attendance at council meetings and meetings as set out in section 5.98(1) and (2A) of the LG Act and regulation 30(3A) of the LG Regulations.

In particular it deals with fees for attendance at the following meetings –

(a)  council meetings;

(b)  council committee meetings;

(c)  Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) Zone meetings;

(d)  Main Roads Western Australia Regional Road Group meetings

(e)  regional local government meetings where an elected council member is deputising;

(f)  meetings attended at the request of a Minister of the Crown;

(g)  meetings where an elected council member is a delegate of the council.

2.1  GENERAL

(1)  Pursuant to section 5.98(1)(b) of the LG Act, a council member who attends a council meeting is entitled to be paid the fee set by the local government or the regional local government within the range determined in section 2.2 of this Part for council meeting attendance fees.

(2)  Pursuant to section 5.98(1)(b) and (2A)(b) of the LG Act, a council member who attends a committee meeting or (at the request of the local government or regional local government) a meeting of a type prescribed in regulation 30(3A) of the LG Regulations is entitled to be paid the fee set by the local government or regional local government within the range determined in section 2.3 of this Part for attending committee meetings or, as the case requires, meetings of that type.

(3)  Each of the following meetings is a type of meeting prescribed in regulation 30(3A) of the LG Regulations -

(a)  meeting of a WALGA Zone, where the council member is representing a local government as a delegate elected or appointed by the local government;

(b)  meeting of a Regional Road Group established by Main Roads Western Australia, where the council member is representing a local government as a delegate elected or appointed by the local government;

(c)  council meeting of a regional local government where the council member is the deputy of a member of the regional local government and is attending in the place of the member of the regional local government;

(d)  meeting other than a council or committee meeting where the council member is attending at the request of a Minister of the Crown who is attending the meeting;

(e)  meeting other than a council meeting or committee meeting where the council member is representing a local government as a delegate elected or appointed by the local government.

(4)  Pursuant to section 5.99 of the LG Act, a local government or regional local government may decide by an absolute majority that instead of paying council members an attendance fee referred to in section 5.98(1) of the LG Act, it will pay all council members who attend council or committee meetings a fee set within the range for annual fees determined in section 2.4 of this Part.

(5)  Regulation 30(3C) of the LG Regulations prevents the payment of a fee to a council member for attending a meeting of a type prescribed in regulation 30(3A) of those regulations if –

(a)  the person who organises the meeting pays the council member a fee for attending the meeting; or

(b)  the council member is paid an annual fee in accordance with section 5.99 of the LG Act; or

(c)  the council member is deputising for a council member at a meeting of a regional local government and the member of the regional local government is paid an annual fee in accordance with section 5.99 of the LG Act.

(6)  In determining the fees set out in this Part, the Tribunal has taken into account a range of factors including –

(a)  the time required to prepare adequately for the meetings including consideration of agenda papers, site visits related to agenda items and consultation with council staff and community members;

(b)  the role of the council member, mayor or president including, but not limited to, representation, advocacy, and oversight and determination of policy and local legislation;

(c)  particular responsibilities associated with the types of meetings attended;

(d)  responsibilities of a mayor, president or chairman to preside over meetings; and

(e)  the relative “size” of the local government as reflected in the Tribunal’s local government banding model.

(7)  The Tribunal has not determined a specific meeting attendance fee for the purposes of section 5.98(1)(a) or (2A)(a) of the LG Act.

2.2  COUNCIL MEETING ATTENDANCE FEES – PER MEETING

(1)  The ranges of fees in Table 1 and Table 2 apply where a local government or regional local government decides by an absolute majority to pay a council member a fee referred to in section 5.98(1)(b) of the LG Act for attendance at a council meeting.

Table 1: Council meeting fees per meeting – local governments

 

For a council member other than the mayor or president

For a council member who holds the office of mayor or president

Band

Minimum

Maximum

Minimum

Maximum

1

$600

$773

$600

$1,159

2

$363

$567

$363

$760

3

$188

$400

$188

$618

4

$88

$232

$88

$477

Table 2: Council meeting fees per meeting – regional local governments

 

For a council member other than the chairman

For a council member who holds the office of chairman

 

Minimum

Maximum

Minimum

Maximum

All regional local governments

$88

$232

$88

$477

 

2.3  COMMITTEE MEETING AND PRESCRIBED MEETING ATTENDANCE FEES – PER MEETING

(1)  The ranges of fees in Table 3 and Table 4 apply where a local government or regional local government decides to pay a council member a fee referred to in –

(a)  section 5.98(1)(b) of the LG Act for attendance at a committee meeting; or

(b)  section 5.98(2A)(b) of the LG Act for attendance at a meeting of a type prescribed in regulation 30(3A) of the LG Regulations.

Table 3: Committee meeting and prescribed meeting fees per meeting – local governments

For a council member (including the mayor or president)

Band

Minimum

Maximum

1

$300

$386

2

$181

$283

3

$94

$200

4

$44

$116

Table 4: Committee meeting and prescribed meeting fees per meeting – regional local governments

For a council member (including the chairman)

 

Minimum

Maximum

All regional local governments

$44

$116

 

2.4  ANNUAL ATTENDANCE FEES IN LIEU OF COUNCIL MEETING, COMMITTEE MEETING AND PRESCRIBED MEETING ATTENDANCE FEES

(1)  The ranges of fees in Table 5 and Table 6 apply where a local government or regional local government decides by an absolute majority that, instead of paying council members an attendance fee referred to in section 5.98 of the LG Act, it will pay all council members who attend council, committee or prescribed meetings an annual fee.

Table 5: Annual attendance fees in lieu of council meeting, committee meeting and prescribed meeting attendance fees – local governments

 

For a council member other than the mayor or president

For a council member who holds the office of mayor or president

Band

Minimum

Maximum

Minimum

Maximum

1

$24,000

$30,900

$24,000

$46,350

2

$14,500

$22,660

$14,500

$30,385

3

$7,500

$15,965

$7,500

$24,720

4

$3,500

$9,270

$3,500

$19,055

Table 6: Annual attendance fees in lieu of council meeting, committee meeting and prescribed meeting attendance fees – regional local governments

 

For a council member other than the chairman

For a council member who holds the office of chairman

 

Minimum

Maximum

Minimum

Maximum

All regional local governments

$1,750

$10,300

$1,750

$15,450

 

PART 3:  ANNUAL ALLOWANCE FOR A MAYOR, PRESIDENT, CHAIRMAN, DEPUTY MAYOR, DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

This Part deals with annual allowances payable to mayors, presidents, chairmen and their deputies in addition to any entitlement to meeting attendance fees or the reimbursement of expenses pursuant to section 5.98 of the LG Act.

In particular, this Part deals with –

(a)  the entitlement of a mayor, president or chairman to an additional allowance; and

(b)  the discretion of a local government or regional local government to pay an additional allowance to a deputy mayor or deputy president or deputy chairman.

3.1  GENERAL

(1)  Pursuant to section 5.98(5) of the LG Act, the mayor or president of a local government and the chairman of a regional local government are entitled, in addition to any fees or reimbursement of expenses payable under section 5.98(1) or (2), to be paid the annual allowance set by the local government or regional local government within the range determined in section 3.2 of this Part.

(2)  Pursuant to section 5.98A(1) of the LG Act, a local government or regional local government may decide by an absolute majority to pay the deputy mayor or deputy president of the local government, or the deputy chairman of the regional local government, an allowance of up to the percentage that is determined by the Tribunal of the annual allowance to which the mayor or president of the local government, or the chairman of the regional local government, is entitled under section 5.98(5) of the LG Act. That percentage is determined in section 3.3 of this Part. This allowance is in addition to any fees or reimbursement of expenses payable to the deputy mayor, deputy president or deputy chairman under section 5.98 of the LG Act.

(3)  In determining the allowances set out in this Part, the Tribunal has taken into account a range of factors including the following –

(a)  the leadership role of the mayor, president or chairman;

(b)  the statutory functions for which the mayor, president or chairman is accountable;

(c)  the ceremonial and civic duties required of the mayor, president or chairman, including local government business related entertainment;

(d)  the responsibilities of the deputy mayor, deputy president or deputy chairman when deputising;

(e)  the relative “size” of the local government as reflected in the Tribunal’s local government banding model;

(f)  the civic, ceremonial and representation duties particular to the Lord Mayor of Western Australia’s capital city.

3.2  ANNUAL ALLOWANCE FOR A MAYOR, PRESIDENT OR CHAIRMAN

(1)  The ranges of allowances in Table 7 apply where a local government sets the amount of the annual local government allowance to which a mayor or president is entitled under section 5.98(5) of the LG Act, subject to subsections (3) and (4).

(2)  The range of allowances in Table 8 apply where a regional local government sets the amount of the annual local government allowance to which a chairman is entitled under section 5.98(5) of the LG Act, subject to subsection (5).

(3)  Despite the provisions of subsection (1), the Perth City Council is to set the amount of the annual local government allowance to which the Lord Mayor is entitled within the range of $60,000 to $133,900.

(4)  The maximum annual local government allowance for a mayor or president of a local government shall not exceed the maximum allowance applicable to that local government in Table 7 or 0.2 per cent of the local government’s operating revenue for the 2014-15 financial year, whichever is the lesser.

(5)  The maximum annual local government allowance for a chairman of a regional local government shall not exceed the maximum allowance applicable to that regional local government in Table 8 or 0.2 per cent of the regional local government’s operating revenue for the 2014-15 financial year, whichever is the lesser.

Table 7: Annual allowance for a mayor or president of a local government

For a mayor or president​ ​

Band

Minimum

Maximum

1

$50,000

$87,550

2

$15,000

$61,800

3

$1,000

$36,050

4

$500

$19,570

Table 8: Annual allowance for a chairman of a regional local government

 

For a chairman

 

Minimum

Maximum

All regional local governments

$500

$19,570

 

3.3  ANNUAL ALLOWANCE FOR A DEPUTY MAYOR, DEPUTY PRESIDENT OR DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

(1)  The percentage determined for the purposes of section 5.98A(1) of the LG Act is 25 per cent.

 

PART 4:  EXPENSES TO BE REIMBURSED

This Part deals with expenses for which council members are entitled to be reimbursed pursuant to section 5.98(2) of the LG Act.

In particular, this Part deals with –

(a)  expense reimbursements prescribed specifically in regulation 31(1) of the LG Regulations that must be paid by a local government or regional local government when claimed by a council member (i.e. telephone and facsimile rental, child care and travel); and

(b)  expense reimbursements prescribed in general terms in regulation 32(1) of the LG Regulations that may be approved by a local government or regional local government and claimed by a council member.

4.1  GENERAL

(1)  Pursuant to section 5.98(2)(a) and (3) of the LG Act, a council member who incurs an expense of a kind prescribed in regulation 31(1) of the LG Regulations is entitled to be reimbursed for the expense to the extent determined in section 4.2(1) to (5) of this Part.

(2)  Regulation 31(1) of the LG Regulations prescribes the following kinds of expenses that are to be reimbursed –

(a)  rental charges incurred by a council member in relation to one telephone and one facsimile machine; and

(b)  child care and travel costs incurred by a council member because of the member’s attendance at a council meeting or a meeting of a committee of which he or she is also a member.

(3)  Pursuant to section 5.98(2)(a) and (3) of the LG Act, a council member who incurs an expense of a kind prescribed in regulation 31(1) of the LG Regulations is entitled to be reimbursed for the expense to the extent determined in section 4.2(6) and (7) of this Part.

(4)  Regulation 32(1) of the LG Regulations prescribes the following kinds of expenses that may be approved by a local government for reimbursement –

(a)  an expense incurred by a council member in performing a function under the express authority of the local government;

(b)  an expense incurred by a council member to whom paragraph (a) applies by reason of the council member being accompanied by not more than one other person while performing the function if, having regard to the nature of the function, the local government considers that it is appropriate for the council member to be accompanied by that other person;

(c)  an expense incurred by a council member in performing a function in his or her capacity as a council member.

4.2  EXTENT OF EXPENSES TO BE REIMBURSED

(1)  The extent to which a council member can be reimbursed for rental charges in relation to one telephone and one facsimile machine is the actual expense incurred by the council member.

(2)  The extent to which a council member can be reimbursed for child care costs incurred because of attendance at a meeting referred to in regulation 31(1)(b) of the LG Regulations is the actual cost per hour or $25 per hour, whichever is the lesser amount.

(3)  The extent to which a council member of a local government can be reimbursed for travel costs referred to in regulation 31(1)(b) of the LG Regulations is –

(a)  if the person lives or works in the local government district or an adjoining local government district, the actual cost for the person to travel from the person’s place of residence or work to the meeting and back; or

(b)  if the person does not live or work in the local government district or an adjoining local government district, the actual cost, in relation to a journey from the person’s place of residence or work and back —

(i)  for the person to travel from the person’s place of residence or work to the meeting and back; or

(ii)  if the distance travelled referred to in subparagraph (i) is more than 100 kilometres, for the person to travel  from the outer boundary of an adjoining local government district to the meeting and back to that boundary.

(4)  The extent to which a council member of a regional local government can be reimbursed for travel costs referred to in regulation 31(1)(b) of the LG Regulations is the actual cost for the person to travel from the person’s place of residence or work to the meeting and back.

(5)  For the purposes of subsections (3) and (4), travel costs incurred while driving a privately owned or leased vehicle (rather than a commercially hired vehicle) are to be calculated at the same rate contained in Section 30.6 of the Local Government Officers’ (Western Australia) Interim Award 2011 as at the date of this determination.

(6)  The extent to which a council member can be reimbursed for child care costs incurred in any of the circumstances referred to in regulation 32(1) of the LG Regulations is the actual cost per hour or $25 per hour, whichever is the lesser amount.

(7)  The extent to which a council member can be reimbursed for intrastate or interstate travel and accommodation costs incurred in any of the circumstances referred to in regulation 32(1) of the LG Regulations is at the same rate applicable to the reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs in the same or similar circumstances under the Public Service Award 1992 issued by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission as at the date of this determination.

 

PART 5:  ANNUAL ALLOWANCES IN LIEU OF REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES

This Part deals with annual allowances that a local government or regional local government may decide to pay, pursuant to section 5.99A of the LG Act, to all council members in lieu of the reimbursement of expenses of a particular type under section 5.98(2) of the LG Act.

In particular, this Part deals with allowances to be paid instead of –

(a)  expense reimbursements prescribed specifically in regulation 31(1) of the LG Regulations that must be paid by a local government or regional local government when claimed by a council member (i.e. telephone and facsimile rental, child care and travel); and

(b)  expense reimbursements prescribed in general terms in regulation 32(1) of the LG Regulations that may be approved by a local government or regional local government and claimed by a council member.

5.1  GENERAL

(1)  Pursuant to section 5.99A of the LG Act, a local government or regional local government may decide by absolute majority that instead of reimbursing council members under the LG Act section 5.98(2) for all of a particular type of expense, it will pay all council members, for that type of expense, the annual allowance determined in section 5.2 of this Part or, as the case requires, an annual allowance within the range determined in that section.

(2)  Where a local government or regional local government has decided to pay council members an annual allowance for an expense of a particular type instead of reimbursing expenses of that type under section 5.98(2) of the LG Act, section 5.99A of the LG Act provides for reimbursement of expenses of that type in excess of the amount of the allowance.

(3)  In determining the maximum annual allowance for expenses of a particular type, the Tribunal has taken into account a range of factors including the following:

(a)  the intent of the allowance to reflect the extent and nature of the expenses incurred and not to result in a windfall gain for council members;

(b)  the capacity of local governments to set allowances appropriate to their varying operational needs;

(c)  the particular practices of local governments in the use of information and communication technology (e.g. laptop computers, iPads);

(d)  the varying travel requirements of council members in local governments associated with geography, isolation and other factors.

5.2  ANNUAL ALLOWANCES DETERMINED INSTEAD OF REIMBURSEMENT FOR PARTICULAR TYPES OF EXPENSES

(1)  In this section –

ICT expenses means –

(a)  rental charges in relation to one telephone and one facsimile machine, as prescribed by regulation 31(1)(a) of the LG Regulations; or

(b)  any other expenses that relate to information and communications technology (for example, telephone call charges and internet service provider fees) and that are a kind of expense prescribed by regulation 32(1) of the LG Regulations;

travel and accommodation expenses means –

(a)  travel costs, as prescribed by regulation 31(1)(b) of the LG Regulations; or

(b)  any other expenses that relate to travel or accommodation and that are a kind of expense prescribed by regulation 32(1) of the LG Regulations.

(2)  For the purposes of section 5.99A(b) of the LG Act, the minimum annual allowance for ICT expenses is $500 and the maximum annual allowance for ICT expenses is $3,500.

(3)  For the purposes of section 5.99A(a) of the LG Act, the annual allowance for travel and accommodation expenses is $50.

 

SCHEDULE 1:  LOCAL GOVERNMENT BAND ALLOCATIONS

​LOCAL GOVERMENT​BAND

Albany City

2

Armadale City

1

Ashburton Shire

2

Augusta-Margaret River Shire

2

Bassendean Town

3

Bayswater City

1

Belmont City

1

Beverley Shire

4

Boddington Shire

4

Boyup Brook Shire

4

Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire

3

Brookton Shire

4

Broome Shire

2

Broomehill-Tambellup Shire

4

Bruce Rock Shire

4

Bunbury City

2

Busselton City

2

Cambridge Town

2

Canning City

1

Capel Shire

3

Carnamah Shire

4

Carnarvon Shire

2

Chapman Valley Shire

4

Chittering Shire

3

Claremont Town

3

Cockburn City

1

Collie Shire

3

Coolgardie Shire

3

Coorow Shire

4

Corrigin Shire

4

Cottesloe Town

3

Cranbrook Shire

4

Cuballing Shire

4

Cue Shire

4

Cunderdin Shire

4

Dalwallinu Shire

4

Dandaragan Shire

3

Dardanup Shire

3

Denmark Shire

3

Derby-West Kimberley Shire

2

Donnybrook Balingup Shire

3

Dowerin Shire

4

Dumbleyung Shire

4

Dundas Shire

4

East Fremantle Town

3

East Pilbara Shire

2

Esperance Shire

2

Exmouth Shire

3

Fremantle City

1

Gingin Shire

3

Gnowangerup Shire

4

Goomalling Shire

4

Gosnells City

1

Greater Geraldton City

1

Halls Creek Shire

3

Harvey Shire

2

Irwin Shire

3

Jerramungup Shire

4

Joondalup City

1

Kalamunda Shire

2

Kalgoorlie-Boulder City

1

Katanning Shire

3

Kellerberrin Shire

4

Kent Shire

4

Kojonup Shire

3

Kondinin Shire

4

Koorda Shire

4

Kulin Shire

4

Kwinana City

1

Lake Grace Shire

4

Laverton Shire

3

Leonora Shire

3

Mandurah City

1

Manjimup Shire

3

Meekatharra Shire

3

Melville City

1

Menzies Shire

4

Merredin Shire

3

Mingenew Shire

4

Moora Shire

3

Morawa Shire

4

Mosman Park Town

3

Mount Magnet Shire

4

Mount Marshall Shire

4

Mukinbudin Shire

4

Mundaring Shire

2

Murchison Shire

4

Murray Shire

3

Nannup Shire

4

Narembeen Shire

4

Narrogin Shire

4

Narrogin Town

3

Nedlands City

2

Ngaanyatjarraku Shire

4

Northam Shire

2

Northampton Shire

4

Nungarin Shire

4

Peppermint Grove Shire

4

Perenjori Shire

4

Perth City

1

Pingelly Shire

4

Plantagenet Shire

3

Port Hedland Town

1

Quairading Shire

4

Ravensthorpe Shire

3

Rockingham City

1

Roebourne Shire

1

Sandstone Shire

4

Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire

3

Shark Bay Shire

4

South Perth City

2

Stirling City

1

Subiaco City

2

Swan City

1

Tammin Shire

4

Three Springs Shire

4

Toodyay Shire

3

Trayning Shire

4

Upper Gascoyne Shire

4

Victoria Park Town

2

Victoria Plains Shire

4

Vincent Town

2

Wagin Shire

4

Wandering Shire

4

Wanneroo City

1

Waroona Shire

3

West Arthur Shire

4

Westonia Shire

4

Wickepin Shire

4

Williams Shire

4

Wiluna Shire

4

Wongan Ballidu Shire

4

Woodanilling Shire

4

Wyalkatchem Shire

4

Wyndham-East Kimberley Shire

2

Yalgoo Shire

4

Yilgarn Shire

3

York Shire

3

Signed this 17th day of June 2015. 

 

W S Coleman AM

C A Broadbent

B J Moore

CHAIRMAN

MEMBER

MEMBER

SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES TRIBUNAL

 

SCHEDULE 2: LOCAL GOVERNMENT NON-RESPONDENTS

  • Albany City;
  • Bayswater City;
  • Canning City;
  • Capel Shire;
  • Dumbleyung Shire;
  • Kellerberrin Shire;
  • Kondinin Shire;
  • Manjimup Shire;
  • Meekatharra Shire;
  • Mingenew Shire;
  • Morawa Shire;
  • Mount Marshall Shire;
  • Narembeen Shire*;
  • Ngaanyatjarraku Shire;
  • Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire;
  • Southern Metropolitan Regional Council;
  • Subiaco City;
  • Swan City;
  • Woodanilling Shire*; and
  • Yalgoo Shire*.

The asterisk (*) indicates those local governments who did not respond to the Tribunal’s 2014 inquiry into the fees, expenses and allowances of elected council members.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

This section does not form part of the determination

1.  Entitlements

The entitlement of a council member to a fee, allowance or reimbursement of an expense established under the LG Act, the LG Regulations and this determination, cannot be proscribed, limited or waived by a local government. Any eligible claim against those entitlements is to be paid in accordance with the applicable financial procedures of the local government.

2.  Local governments to set amounts within the range determined

Where the Tribunal has determined a minimum and maximum amount for a fee, expense or allowance for members of the council of a local government or a regional local government, each council is to set, by absolute majority, an amount within the relevant range determined and the amount set will be payable to elected council members.

3.  Superannuation

Nothing in this determination establishes a liability for the payment of superannuation by local governments. Elected council members are eligible for superannuation payments if their council has resolved unanimously to become an Eligible Local Governing Body (ELGB) pursuant to section 221A and section 221B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cwlth). Where the council is an ELGB, it is deemed to have an employer/employee relationship with its elected council members and this attracts the application of a number of statutory obligations.  Alternative arrangements described in Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Interpretative Decision ATO ID 2007/205 allow for elected council members and councils to agree for whole or part of meeting attendance fees to be paid into a superannuation fund. Where the council is an ELGB, fees for attendance at council, committee and prescribed meetings (whether paid via a per meeting fee or annual allowance) are to be inclusive of any superannuation guarantee liability. This information is not published by way of legal or financial advice.


 

[1] Statistics provided by the Department of Local Government and Communities, May 2015.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.