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Determination Variation – 25 November 2011

 

SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES ACT 1975

DETERMINATION VARIATION ON THE REMUNERATION OF COURT REGISTRARS

PREAMBLE

The Tribunal has today issued a report under Section 7 of the Salaries and Allowances Act 1975 to the Minister recommending an adjustment of 3.0 per cent effective from 1 January 2012 in the remuneration to be paid to Judges of the Supreme and District Courts, Masters of the Supreme Court, Magistrates and the Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission.

The Under Section 7 the report is required to be laid before each House of Parliament within five sitting days of the House after its receipt by the Minister.  Either House of Parliament, within 15 sitting days of that House after a copy of the report has been laid before it, may pass a resolution disapproving a recommendation made by the Tribunal.

This determination provides for a 3.0 per cent increase to flow through to the linked positions of Registrar and Deputy Registrar in both the Supreme and District Courts.

CURRENT ENQUIRY

In discharging its statutory requirements with respect to the remuneration of the Registrars and Deputy Registrars of the Courts, the Tribunal’s approach has been to:

  • advertise for public submissions;
  • write to key office holders; and
  • consider relevant labour market and economic data.

This process provides an opportunity for members of the public, the Government, the office holders themselves or any other interested party to make a submission.  It also helps to inform the Tribunal of changes which might have taken place in the roles or responsibilities of the office holders over the past year and other remuneration issues.

The Principal Registrar and the Registrars of the Supreme Court submitted that the registrars should receive the same percentage salary increase as is allowed to the judges and master of the Supreme Court. The submission also recommended that the current vehicle entitlements and travel allowances should continue.

CONSIDERATIONS

The Tribunal considered a range of economic data and commentary from peak economic bodies as detailed in the Tribunal’s Recommendation Report Remuneration of Judges, District Court Judges, Masters of the Supreme Court, Magistrates and the Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission.

In view of the current economic climate and in consideration of the submissions received, the Tribunal has determined to maintain the existing relativities between the Registrars and members of the judiciary by determining a 3.0 per cent increase to the remuneration payable to the Registrars of the Supreme and District Courts.

DETERMINATION VARIATION

The determination of the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal made on 31 March 2011 under Sections 6(1)(c), (d) and (e) of the Salaries and Allowances Act 1975 (as varied from time to time) is hereby varied by a further determination, to make amendments set out below.

Insert and replace, as the case requires, in the Third Schedule the following:

COURT REGISTRARS

Pursuant to section 6(1)(d) of the Salaries and Allowances Act 1975, the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal determines the remuneration to be paid to the holders of the offices listed below effective from 1 January 2012.

POSITION REMUNERATION
Supreme Court
Principal Registrar $309,222
Registrar $273,837
District Court 
Principal Registrar $287,987
Registrar $270,599
Deputy Registrar $262,481

The remuneration is inclusive of Annual Leave Loading.

The holders of these offices have an entitlement to a motor vehicle under the conditions set out in the first Schedule, Part 3 of the determination of 31 March 2011 for holders of offices included in the Special Division of the Public Service and Prescribed Offices.

Signed at Perth this 25th day of November 2011. 

W S Coleman AM C A Broadbent B J Moore
CHAIRMAN MEMBER MEMBER


SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES TRIBUNAL

 

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.