About the Tribunal
Under the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995 the Tribunal must inquire into and determine the remuneration, allowances and other entitlements to be granted to particular offices every year. These offices include:
- the Speaker, Chief Minister, Ministers and other Members of the Legislative Assembly;
- the Chief Justice, Associate Judge and Acting Judges of the ACT Supreme Court;
- Chief Magistrate, Magistrates and Special Magistrates of the ACT Magistrates Court;
- the President, Full-time Presidential Member, Part-time Presidential Member, Acting Presidential Member, Full-time Senior Member, Senior Member, Ordinary Member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal;
- the Head of Service, Directors-General and Executives in the ACT Public Service;
- full-time holders of statutory offices including the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Auditor;
General, Director of Public Prosecutions, Electoral Commissioner and Commissioner's in the Human Rights Commission; and
- Part-time Public Office Holders (statutory and non-statutory).
In addition to the offices listed in the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995, the Chief Minister is able to refer offices to the Tribunal.
In some cases public officials may receive remuneration, allowances and other entitlements from another source, for example Directors-General, Executives and full time Statutory Office Holders receive a vehicle entitlement under the Public Sector Management Standards 2016. Under the Act, the Remuneration Tribunal cannot make a determination that replaces an entitlement provided elsewhere.
Under the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995, the Executive may appoint between one and three members to constitute the Tribunal. Where more than one Member is appointed the Executive must appoint one Member as Chairperson. Members are appointed for terms of up to five years and may be reappointed.
The current Members of the Tribunal are:
- Ms Sandra Lambert AM (Chair), appointed 11 March 2019 until 10 March 2022.
Ms Lambert has over 20 years’ experience within the ACT Public Sector, most notably holding the Chief Executive position of the then ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services from 2002 – 2010 and the Co-ordinator General for the Commonwealth’s Nation Building Stimulus Program in 2009. After 2010 Ms Lambert held a variety of positions including on the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, the Cultural Facilities Corporation, the Land Development Agency Board (LDA) and as Chair of the Risk, Business Continuity and Security Committee in the Department of Human Services (DHS), before spending almost two years in New York working as an Education Consultant. On returning to the ACT late in 2015 she resumed her role on the LDA and was Deputy Chair for its final year of operation. Currently Ms Lambert works as an executive coach and participates as an independent member of DHS Committees. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Teaching at Canterbury University in New Zealand, is a current Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders and was admitted to the Order of Australia in 2012 for expertise in public sector leadership and management. Ms Lambert has been appointed to the Remuneration Tribunal since 1 October 2017
- Dr James Popple (Member), appointed 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2021.
James has over 16 years' experience at the senior executive level in the Commonwealth. He was the inaugural Freedom of Information Commissioner, and a Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. James worked for 12 years in the Australian Attorney-General's Department in a variety of areas including privacy law; tribunal reform; administrative law; legal aid; Indigenous justice; personal property securities law; Commonwealth legal services; bankruptcy and personal insolvency; copyright; classification; international legal services; and support for the Attorney-General in the performance of his First Law Officer role. Before joining AGD, he was a judge's associate, then Deputy Registrar of the High Court of Australia. James has degrees in law and arts, and is admitted as a barrister and a solicitor. He is Official Secretary to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and a member of the Anti-Dumping Review Panel. He is also an Honorary Professor of the Australian National University (in the College of Law and the College of Engineering and Computer Science) where he conducted his doctoral research in artificial intelligence and law.
- Mr Dale Boucher PSM (member), appointed 20 May 2019 until 19 May 2024
Dale had a 28 year career in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department until early in 1999. He was the holder of the office of Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) from 1993 to mid-1997, when he became the CEO designate of the AGS. After a 6-month period as an Associate Member of the Australian Communications Authority, he was from July 1999 until 2002 a Partner in a major national law firm and later its General Counsel, in Canberra. In August 2003 he conducted his own legal and consulting business, which he operated until September 2009. In his period, he also served as Chair and as a member of a number of public and private sector audit committees, boards and other bodies. In October 2009 he was appointed as the inaugural Chair of the Tax Practitioner’s Board and served until 2013. In 2013 and 2014 he resumed his legal and consulting practice. In September 2014 Dale was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Uniform Legal Services Regulation and CEO of the Legal Services Council, serving the Governments of Victoria and NSW, based in Sydney. He is at present the Chair of the Financial Planning Association of Australia Conduct Review Commission.
The Tribunal must review all offices within its jurisdiction at every twelve months. To do this the Tribunal has grouped similar offices and holds two major reviews each year:
Autumn Review (Determinations commence 1 July)
- Members of the Legislative Assembly
- Head of Service, Directors-General and Executives of the ACTPS
- Full-time Holders of Public Office
- Clerk of the Legislative Assembly
Spring Review (Determinations commence 1 November)
- the Judiciary (ACT Supreme Court, ACT Magistrates Court, ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Director of Public Prosecutions)
- Part-time Holders of Public Office.
The Tribunal may meet once or several times in a year to conduct these reviews. Where more than one sitting is held, the Tribunal may review all or some offices at that sitting.
All major reviews are advertised on the ACT Remuneration Tribunal website and the Your Say community engagement website approximately two months prior to the Tribunal meeting.
Submissions generally close six weeks after advertising.
Submissions can be lodged by anyone, including those most directly affected by the likely outcome. Generally, submissions will be published on this website. Requests for confidentiality can be made and the Tribunal will consider each request on its merits.
Ad hoc Reviews
Ad hoc reviews will occur where the Chief Minister has referred a new office to the Tribunal or an issue has arisen that the Tribunal decides to deal with outside the scheduled major reviews. Ad hoc reviews are not advertised, however depending on the matter, interested parties may be approached directly for submissions.
When a determination is made it is tabled in the Legislative Assembly, notified on the Legislation Register and made available on the Remuneration Tribunal Website.
Determinations are also provided to the Chief Minister, Directors-General and agency heads for information. Advice is sent to interested parties such as relevant office holders. In the case of part-time office holders, Directors-General and agency heads are requested to notify relevant boards and committees within their portfolio of the Tribunal review.