The ACT Remuneration Tribunal has released its Final Report on the Remuneration, Allowances and Other Entitlements for Part-time Public Office Holders. The final Report includes the Tribunal’s key decisions to:
- revise the current framework for assessing the remuneration of Part-time Public Office holders by simplifying the current remuneration classification structure and transferring existing entities into it;
- phase out the practice of combining annual and per diem payment methods for chairs and members on the same board or committee; and
- foreshadow specifically excluding payment to ACT public servants for work as Part-time Public Office Holders.
These decisions will be implemented gradually from the Tribunal’s 2017 Spring Review onwards.
The Tribunal acknowledges the extremely important and valuable work of Part-time Public Office Holders in the ACT; many of whom are focused on giving back to their community through contributing their time and expertise in these roles.
Following on from their Autumn Review, the ACT Remuneration Tribunal has released the following determinations:
- Determination 1 of 2017 - ACT Supreme Court;
- Determination 2 of 2017 - Members of the Legislative Assembly;
- Determination 3 of 2017 - ACT Public Service Executives;
- Determination 4 of 2017 - Full-time Statutory Office Holders;
- Determination 5 of 2017 - Part-time Public Office Holder - Medicinal Cannabis Medical Advisory Panel;
- Amended Determination 11 of 2016 - ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal; and
- Amended Determination 12 of 2016 - Part-time Public Office Holders.
In February 2017, in accordance with the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995, the ACT Remuneration Tribunal will commence its annual review of the remuneration and allowances to be paid and other entitlements to be granted to:
- Members of the Legislative Assembly (including the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, and other Ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly holding particular offices);
- the Head of Service, Directors-General and ACT Public Service Executives;
- Full-time Holders of Public Office, referred to in Section 10(1) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995, including the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly; and
- any other positions that have been referred by the Chief Minister to the Tribunal for consideration.
The Tribunal welcomes written submissions about the remuneration, allowances and other entitlements to be paid to the above office holders from interested persons including occupants of positions, organisations and associations, and members of the public.
So that the Tribunal can continue to make sound and supported remuneration decisions based on an assessment of work value, submissions should, where possible, provide supporting reasoning for any recommended changes to remuneration of a role. Some useful topics to address in submissions are:
- the actual work of the role or entity and its impact on the ACT Community;
- the role or entity’s scope of work;
- what members would be responsible for/ what work they would do; and
- your recommended remuneration for the role and any comparative data or examples that support your recommendation.
Please note submissions close at midday Tuesday 7 February 2017.
Submissions should be forwarded:
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred means of receipt)
Or by post to:
ACT Remuneration Tribunal
PO Box 964
CIVIC SQUARE ACT 2608
Please note that submissions made to the Tribunal are made publicly available through the Tribunal’s website www.remunerationtribunal.act.gov.au. Anyone making a submission has the opportunity to indicate that a submission should not be publicised.
On 11 November 2016 the Tribunal released Determination 7 of 2016 - MLAs Communication Allowance [ PDF 627 KB] which outlines new arrangements for MLAs communication allowance.
In May 2016, the Remuneration Tribunal released the discussion paper for their Review of Remuneration, Allowances and other Entitlements for Part-time Public Office Holders in the ACT Government. The Tribunal are currently considering all submissions and will discuss the Review at the 2016 Spring Sitting.