About the Tribunal


Under the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995img-icn-extlink 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;
  • General President, Full-time Presidential Member, Half-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 2016img-icn-extlink. Under the Act, the Remuneration Tribunal cannot make a determination that replaces an entitlement provided elsewhere.


Under the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995img-icn-extlink, 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:

  • Dr Colin Adrian (Chair), appointed 24 October 2017 until 10 March 2019.
    Colin was Chief Executive of the Canberra Institute of Technology from 2006 until his retirement in December 2009.  Before this he was the Deputy Chief Executive of the then ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services.  He formerly held senior executive positions in the ACT Department of Urban Services, the ACT Planning and Land Authority and was head of Environment ACT, the ACT Government's Nature Conservation and Environment Protection Agency. Overall Dr Adrian has 23 years experience in the Commonwealth and ACT Public Services.  Colin is a former Fullbright Scholar and has tertiary qualifications in geography, economics and mathematics including an MA from Ohio State University and a PhD from the University of New South Wales.  He has held a number of senior positions in academia, at the University of NSW and Australian National University. Colin was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held numerous positions on local and national Boards and Committees.
  • Mr James Smythe PSM (Member), appointed until 22 July 2018.
    James' career has centred on workplace relations and public sector employment. He has over 25 years' experience in the Australian Public Service, with 18 years in Senior Executive Service positions in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. He was Special Labour Adviser in Geneva from 2006 to 2009, representing Australia's interests at the International Labour Organisation. Prior to that he was Chief Counsel, Workplace Relations. James worked for five years in the Commonwealth Public Service Board and Grievance and Appeals Bureau. He also has experience as Associate to the President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and legal officer for public sector unions. James has a degree in law from the Australian National University. He was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2006 for outstanding public service in the development and implementation of the legislative framework governing workplace relations in Australia.
  • Ms Sandra Lambert AM (Member), appointed 1 October 2017 until 30 September 2020.
    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.

Annual Reviews

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.

    Public Notification

    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.