Parliamentary allowances, benefits and salaries of
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E-Brief: Online Only issued 29 June 2007 with subsequent
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Politics and Public Administration
Important note -
annual allowance data contained in the e-brief is correct as at 1
The issue of parliamentary salaries, allowances and benefits
generates public discussion and attracts media opinion. This
e-brief provides relevant data, hyperlinks and documents pertaining
to the entitlements of Australian federal parliamentarians. It is
not a detailed discussion of the history and development of
entitlements policy. It does not argue the merits or otherwise of
the current arrangements.
Members of Parliament receive an Annual
Allowance, an Electorate Allowance and other
Benefits including travel,
travel and superannuation. Ministers and
parliamentary office-holders receive a Salary.
Parliamentarians' benefits are complex and merit more detailed
discussion than is possible here.
This e-brief will briefly look at benefits and focus on
allowances and salaries. The legislative basis, fixing and linking
mechanisms for allowances and salaries are explained. Links to the
administering agencies are included for those who wish to read
further on these matters.
gives Annual Allowance, Electorate Allowance, Ministerial and
Office-holder salary since 1996.
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Note on Terminology
Literature suggests that the terms used above to describe
parliamentary entitlements are consistent with the terminology
provided to us by the Constitution.(1) Legislation
enacted since 1901 has introduced alternative terms now in common
usage. For example, the Annual Allowance is often called Basic
Salary, Benefits are loosely grouped as Entitlements
and include the electorate allowance, and Salary is often
Additional Salary, Salary of Office or
This E-brief will use the terms as described in the Constitution
and, where necessary, provide alternative terminology to prevent
Federal parliamentarians receive an Annual Allowance; Ministers
receive a Salary; Parliamentary Office-Holders receive a Salary;
MPs receive an Electorate Allowance and are entitled to receive
other Benefits including Travel, Retirement Travel and
A legislative and policy history of this topic can be found in
of Members of the Parliament of Australia Research Paper No 30
1999-2000 by Margaret Healy and Geoff Winter. Use this Research
Paper for historical information only as the Appendices are now
out-of-date. The paper will not be revised.
The responsible Ministers, with selected adminstered
John Howard MP
, Prime Minister.
Governor-General Act 1974
the Hon Nicholas Minchin
, Minister for Finance and
Parliamentary Allowances Act 1952
Contributory Superannuation Act 1948
Entitlements Act 1990.
The Special Minister of State, The Hon
Gary Nairn MP
, has specific responsibility for administering
some allowances and benefits under this legislation.
The Hon Joe
Hockey MP, Minister for Employment and Workplace
Remuneration and Allowance Act 1990, Remuneration
Tribunal Act 1973
The Department of the
Senate and the Department of the
House of Representatives (Chamber Departments) pay the annual
allowance to parliamentarians and salary to parliamentary
office-holders. The Chamber Departments provide advice on,
administer, and pay the electorate allowance and
some benefits including postage.
Department of Finance and Administration
Parliamentary Services (M&PS) in the Department of Finance
and Administration (Finance) provides advice on entitlements to the
responsible Minister and to Senators, Members, Office-holders and
their respective staff. Finance administers the provision of some
benefits and pays ministerial salaries.
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annual allowance for senators and members, E-brief, provides
further information for interested readers.
Constitutional basis for payment
Section 48 of the
Constitution provides for the payment of Members of
48. Until the Parliament otherwise
provides, each senator and each member of the House of
Representatives shall receive an allowance of four hundred pounds a
year, to be reckoned from the day on which he takes his
Legislation and reports
Commonwealth legislation allows for payment of the annual
allowance as described in the Constitution.
Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990 as consolidated,
sets out the annual allowance payable to Senators and Members of
the House of Representatives for the purposes of Section 48 of the
The Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990 allows the
Governor-General to make regulations (Sect
8A) necessary to allow the Act to be carried out.
Please see the regulations currently in force,
Remuneration and Allowances Regulations 2005. Regulations are
registered on the
Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI).
Schedule 3 subclause 1(3) of the Act says that before the
Governor-General can make regulations, the Minister "must
consider advice from the Remuneration Tribunal about the proposed
Tribunal is the independent statutory body which has an
advisory role on an annual allowance for Senators and Members. The
Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 establishes the
Tribunal and defines its powers and functions.
ss. 5(2C) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 says
"an additional function of the Tribunal is to provide advice
for the purposes of subclause 1(3) of Schedule 3 of the
Remuneration Act 1990."
The Tribunal therefore reports regularly on parliamentarians'
annual allowance to the Minister for Employment and Workplace
Report on Senators and Members of Parliament, Ministers and Holders
of Parliamentary Office - Salaries and Allowances for Expenses of
Office: Report 1999/01 dated 7 December 1999 for a
comprehensive coverage of relevant issues.
The Report states that
"the Tribunal has a formal role in advising the Minister...
on an appropriate base salary for Senators and Members of the
Federal Parliament. The Tribunal cannot issue a determination on
this matter it can only provide advice, as it does on the
additional salaries payable to Ministers. The Government can choose
to accept or reject the Tribunal's advice on these matters and must
undertake the necessary action to bring the Tribunal's
recommendations into force."
Section 5(2C) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.
That is, the legislative power of the Remuneration Tribunal is
only an advisory power with regard to the annual
allowance. After the relevant determinations are tabled, Parliament
may resolve to disapprove (disallow) the determinations.
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
The Remuneration Tribunal reports on the annual allowance to the
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations. Since the
Legislative Instruments Act 2003 came into force on 1
January 2005, all Remuneration Tribunal determinations - as
legislative instruments - must be registered on FRLI. The
Attorney-General, rather than the portfolio minister, now has
responsibility for tabling all legislative instruments in
Parliament. Tabling must occur within six days of registration.
Schedule 4 of
Legislative Instruments Regulations 2004 provides that existing
disallowance provisions in the Remuneration Tribunal Act
1973 continue. This means that Parliament may pass a
resolution disapproving of the determination within 15 sitting days
after the determination has been tabled. For further information
at the Remuneration Tribunal website.
Setting the Annual Allowance: link to the PEO
The Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990,
Schedule 3 Section 6 subclause 2, states
that: 2) The Members of Parliament annual
salary is equal to:
(a) the minimum annual rate of salary
payable to an SES employee with a classification of SES Band 2;
(b) if the regulations prescribe a
percentage (not more than 100%) of a reference salary that
percentage of the reference salary.
Report on Senators and Members of Parliament, Ministers and Holders
of Parliamentary Office - Salaries and Allowances for Expenses of
Office: Report 1999/01, the Remuneration Tribunal recomended
that the annual allowance of parliamentarians be linked to a
'reference salary' in a Principal Executive Office (PEO)
Classification. The Government accepted this
recommendation and Parliament has passed
Regulations under the Remuneration and Allowances Act
1990 to describe the link between the annual allowance and the
reference salary in the PEO classification structure. The
Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 ss. 5(2A)() allows the
Remuneration Tribunal to establish the PEO Classification structure
A list of
Principal Executive Offices can be found on the Remuneration
What is the Annual Allowance from 1 July 2007?
Annual Allowance - considerations and
As described above, Parliament has accepted the PEO Reference
Salary A linkage to the annual allowance. The PEO Classification,
including Reference Salary A, is reviewed in July each year.
The Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973, the
Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990 and associated
regulations do not require the Remuneration Tribunal to review the
Principal Executive Office Classification on an annual basis.
However, footnote 8. to Table A1 in
Determination 2005/19 says:
The Total Remuneration range for
each Band is normally adjusted from 1 July each
Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973, and as indicated
above, the Tribunal has wide scope to consider factors when
reviewing the PEO Classification.
Statement on Principal Executive Office (PEO) Holders: [amending]
Determination 2004/15 outlined some of the factors the Tribunal
has recently considered when advising on adjustments to the maximum
amount listed for each PEO Classification Band. For example, the
Statement mentions "key economic indicators" and "specific
indicators such as the Wage Cost Index (WCI) series". The WCI
series is a product of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Report 1999/01 highlights some of the factors given
consideration by the Tribunal during earlier deliberations.
2007 Amending Determinations
In its 2006 Statement
PEO Review and Revised Remuneration Structure, the
Remuneration Tribunal reported on the outcomes of its review of the
PEO structure begun in late 2004. As a result of this review, the
Tribunal now allowed employing bodies certain discretion in
determining PEO remuneration above or below a total
remuneration reference rate for each PEO. In the Statement,
the Tribunal indicated that it would make annual adjustments to the
total remuneration reference rate to "accommodate the additional
2.5 per cent discretion arising from the review."
Determination 2007/04 Principal Executive Office (PEO)
Classification Structure and Terms and Conditions, (Registered
FRLI 10.5.07), the Tribunal amended Determination 2005/19 to
determine a 2.5% increase (rounded up) to superannuation salaries
for all PEO Bands. Reference salary A was consequently increased to
$121 930 from 1 July 2007.
The Tribunal then conducted its annual review of remuneration
for public office-holders--please refer to
Statement on 2007 Reviews of Remuneration and Allowances for
Holders of Public Office. Following this Review,
Determination 2007/08 Principal Executive Office (PEO)
Classification Structure and Terms and Conditions, (registered
FRLI 20.6.07) was issued to amend Determination 2005/19, increasing
the annual allowance by 4.2% (rounded up) to $127 060 from 1 July
Determination 2005/19 to provide an overall increase in annual
allowance of 6.8% from $118 950 to $127 060.
has been updated to show these 2007 movements in the annual
allowance as a one-stage, rather than two-stage, increase.
Annual Allowance and the States and
Salary of state and territory parliamentarians
The federal annual allowance provides a linkage to the basic
salary (2) of parliamentarians in Queensland, New South
Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern
Territory. The basic salaries of Western Australian and the
Australian Capital Territory parliamentarians are not linked to the
The salaries of state and territory parliamentarians are
summarised in the following table. All salaries are as at 1 July
2007 unless described otherwise.
2007 salaries are advisory, please contact each jurisdiction to
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Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990 provides a salary
to Ministers of State and Parliamentary Office-holders (Section
7). This is sometimes described as an "additional salary."
The Remuneration Tribunal is empowered, by
ss. 6(1) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973, to
report on salary for Ministers of State.
Ministerial salary is expressed as a percentage of the annual
allowance (basic parliamentary salary). The Tribunal's Report
Number 1 of 2007
Report on Ministers of State - Salaries Additional to the Basic
Parliamentary Salary confirms the percentage rates that
currently apply. They are:
160.0% of annual allowance
Deputy Prime Minister
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Leader of the House
Other Minister in Cabinet who is also Manager of Government
Business in the Senate
Other Ministers in Cabinet
Other Minister who is also Manager of Government Business in the
Parliamentary Secretary who is also Manager of Government
Business in the Senate
When acting Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister is paid
the same rate of salary per annum payable to the Prime
Note that ministerial salary is ultimately a matter for
executive government. The Remuneration Tribunal reports on
ministerial salary. Cabinet can vary ministerial salary if it so
Ministers of State Act 1952 sets the maximum number of
ministers and appropriates monies for payment of ministerial
salaries. This Act was amended in 2000 to include Parliamentary
ss.7(1) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 allows
the Tribunal to determine a salary for Parliamentary
Office-holders. This sub-section prevails, to the extent of any
inconsistency, over Schedule 4 of the Remuneration Allowances
Ministers and Office-holders of the Parliament.
Parliamentary Office-holders receive a salary that is also
expressed as a percentage of the annual allowance.
Determination 2007/17 Parliamentary Office Holders - Additional
Salary is the governing determination from the Remuneration
Tribunal. Some offices and salary percentages are:
Leader of the Opposition
85.0% of annual allowance
President of the Senate
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Leader of the Third Party in the House of Representatives
The remaining offices and percentages can be found in Table 1 of
Salary of Office - states and
This table provides current salaries of office (mostly called
additional salaries) for State Premiers and Chief
Ministers. Most additional salaries are given as a percentage of
the state or territory basic salary. As described above, increases
to some basic salaries occur through a legislative linkto the
federal annual allowance, while others are determined by the
relevant state or territory tribunal.
The Total given is current as at 1 July 2007.
Total should not be taken as the entire remuneration of
Office-holders as it does not include other allowances and benefits
payable to each premier and chief minister.
2007 figures should be regarded as advisory - please
contact other parliaments to confirm data.
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An Electorate allowance is determined by the Remuneration
Tribunal by virtue of
ss.7(1) and ss.7(4) of the
Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 and Clause 2 of
Schedule 3 of the
Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990. It is "an
expense of office allowance payable to Senators and Members to
reimburse them for costs necessarily incurred in providing services
to their constituents" (Report
1999/01). The electorate allowance is treated as taxable income
but is not regarded as salary for the purposes of the
Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948.
Determination 2006/18 Members of Parliament Entitlements gives
the annual rates payable as:
State or Territory/Electorate
Amount effective on and from 1 July
All States and Territories
Electorate of less than 2,000 sq km
Electorates of 2,000 to 4,999 sq km
Electorates of 5,000 sq km or more
Additional electorate allowance of $19 500 per annum in lieu of
Determination 2006/18 entitles parliamentarians to a
private-plated vehicle to be used for parliamentary, electorate or
official business. Senators and members make a personal
contribution to the cost of the vehicles as specified in guidelines
issued by the Special Minister of State.
From 20th March 2006, senators and members who choose not to be
provided with a vehicle will be entitled to an additional $19 500
per annum of electorate allowance in lieu of the private plated
vehicle to meet the costs of transport within and for the service
of the electorate, see amending
Determination 2006/02, registered FRLI, 27.3.06
When calculating the total remuneration of an individual member,
note that the rate of electorate allowance will vary depending upon
the size of particular member's electorate and whether the senator
or member has elected to take a private-plated vehicle.
Entitlements: ANAO report and response
In 2001, by resolution of the Senate, the Australian National
Audit Office (ANAO) undertook a performance audit on parliamentary
benefits, called entitlements by the Auditor-General.
Audit Report No 5 2001-2002 Parliamentarians' Entitlements:
here for those outside Parliament House), provides an
invaluable overview of the history of, and administrative and
legislative framework surrounding, the provision of parliamentary
benefits. The Auditor-General makes 28 recommendations to the
Presiding Officers that will "improve the administration of
Parliamentarians' various entitlements."
The Report states that benefits are "established pursuant to a
legal framework comprising the Constitution, Acts of Parliament,
determinations of the Remuneration Tribunal, and executive
decisions". Benefits are administered by a range of Commonwealth
Departments. Ministers are entitled to certain additional benefits,
some of which are administered and funded by the Minister's home
department. The Chamber Departments and M&PS in the Department
of Finance and Administration (Finance) have the major role in
administration and delivery of entitlements. The Special Minister
of State issues procedural rules and guidelines to give full effect
to benefits. The Minister's role is set out in various clauses of
Remuneration Tribunal Determinations eg Clause 5.3 of
Note that the Auditor-General also calls the framework of
benefits "a complex mixture of capped and uncapped
press release of 27 September 2001, the government responded to
the ANAO Report with an announcement of changes to some print and
ANAO undertook a performance audit of the administration of
payments under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984
by the administering agency, Department of Finance and
Audit Report No. 15 2003-04 was tabled on 1 December 2003 and
contained 13 recommendations relating to: personnel administration;
authorisations and certifications; the control framework for
payments; and payments and services provided to MOP(S) Act staff
during election periods. Finance has accepted these
A comprehensive discussion of benefits is beyond the scope of
this e-brief. It is recommended that the reader consult
Audit Report No 5 2001-2002.
Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 entitles Members
of Parliament to benefits listed in
Schedule 1 Part 1 of the Act. The Act also allows benefits in
the Schedule to be "varied or omitted" by determination of the
Remuneration Tribunal or by regulations pursuant to the Act. Where
the regulations and determinations are inconsistent, the
regulations prevail and the determination is void to the extent of
Section 7 of the
Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 says that the Tribunal
shall "inquire into, and determine" benefits paid to MPs,
Office-holders and Ministers.
On 16 May 2002, in an
answer to a Question on Notice, the Special Minister of State
advised that the following benefits are not publicly reported:
Information delivery services; Office and residential telephone
services; Personalised letterhead stationery, newsletters and other
approved printed material for distribution to constituents; Office
accommodation and supplies; Photographic services; Staff;
Spouse/nominee and dependent travel; Spouse travel of a Life Gold
Pass Holder; and the Constituents Request Program.
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Schedule 1 Part 1 of the
Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 allows certain
travel and accommodation to be reimbursed if it is related to
"parliamentary or electorate business."
The Remuneration Tribunal determines travel pursuant to
ss.7(1) and ss.7(2) of the
Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973. The Tribunal refers to
a travel allowance rather than benefit or
reimbursement and so the first term will be used to avoid
Determination 2007/15 Members of Parliament - Travelling
Allowance specifies the amount payable to Members of
Parliament, Office-holders and Ministers, for accommodation during
periods of stay away from a home base that is nominated to the
Special Minister of State. The conditions of payment and for what
purpose travel at government expense can be used, are specified in
the Determination. Current travel allowance rates are listed in
Part 1 of the Determination.
Determination 2006/18 Members of Parliament Entitlements
describes the type of transport and fares allowable.
Travel benefit payments for the following categories are tabled
in Parliament every six months: Parliamentarians' Travel paid
by the Department of Finance and Administration; Department of
Prime Minister and Cabinet, Expenditure on Travel by Former
Governors-General; Former Parliamentarians' Travel paid by
the Department of Finance and Administration; and Department
of Defence, Schedule of Special Purpose Flights.
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There are four entitlements to overseas travel for senators,
members and certain office-holders:
Travel as a
member of a Parliamentary Delegation, within a program approved for
each calendar year by the Prime Minister.'
Delegation travel can be undertaken by authority of
of the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
The benefit is also described in regulations pursuant to the Act.
The benefit allows the parliamentarian's class of travel to be
downgraded to offset the cost of the fare of an accompanying spouse
[Schedule 1 Part 1 Item 9 (2)].
2. Travel overseas for the purpose of
undertaking studies and investigations of matters related to their
duties and responsibilities as a member of parliament'
This benefit is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal in Clause 9
Determination 2006/18. A parliamentarian becomes eligible when
they have completed three years service in parliament. The benefit
is limited to one overseas study trip per parliament for the
parliamentarian and their spouse and is 'for travel outside the
Commonwealth of Australia for the purpose of undertaking studies
and investigations of matters related to their duties and
responsibilities as a Member of Parliament'. Spouses can now 'join'
or 'accompany' parliamentarians travelling overseas for study.
Expenditure is capped at the equivalent cost of one first-class
around-the-world airfare for a parliamentarian and spouse in the
life of each Parliament. The benefit also allows reimbursement of
accommodation and subsistence costs actually incurred. Certain
other costs are reimbursed, including departure tax, health and
baggage insurance and passport fees. A report on the overseas study
trip shall be lodged with the Special Minister of State within 30
days of return.
3. Representational overseas travel for
parliamentarians who, with the approval of the Prime Minister, are
representing Australia, a Minister, or the Government
The benefit is described by the
Parliamentary Entitlements Regulations 1997 as amended,
pursuant to the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990. The
benefit is: the cost of travel overseas at the same standard that
would apply to a Minister travelling on official business; and the
cost of travel overseas by the Members spouse when accompanying the
Member, if the Prime Minister approves; the cost of official
hospitality, under the same arrangements that apply to a Minister
if the Special Minister of State approves. Certain other costs are
reimbursed including vaccinations and medical supplies essential to
travel. The use of special purpose aircraft is permitted as
approved by Prime Minister. [Statutory Rule no 149 of 2003].
4. Travel overseas on official business for
Ministers as approved by the Prime Minister. Travel overseas on
official business for the Leader or Deputy Leader of the Opposition
in the House of Representatives, or a Presiding Officer. The
entitlement is extended, with the approval of the Prime Minister,
to a parliamentarian representing these office-holders. Overseas
travel on official business is taken under authority of the
Schedule 1 of the Parliamentary Entitlements Act
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Parliamentary superannuation, retirement travel and a
resettlement allowance are the benefits available to former
parliamentarians. Retirement travel consists of the Life Gold Pass
and Severance Travel.
The Life Gold Pass benefit is outlined in the provisions of the
Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002. The
Life Gold Pass entitles eligible former parliamentarians to travel
within Australia for "non-commercial" purposes at government
Qualifying period for the Life Gold Pass is determined by the
Remuneration Tribunal in
Determination 2006/18 Clause 7.
Severance travel is available for those parliamentarians
ineligible for the Life Gold Pass. It allows parliamentarians who
do not qualify for a Life Gold Pass to travel domestically at
government expense for a limited time. Severance travel, for
"non-commercial" purposes only, provides for between 12-25 return
trips per annum for up to five years, depending upon length of
The Remuneration Tribunal determines both the benefit and
qualifying period for Severance travel in
Determination 2006/18 Clauses 8.1 - 8.5.
For a fuller description of retirement travel, click
The resettlement allowance is determined by the Remuneration
Determination 2006/18 Clauses 8.6 - 8.8.
Eligible senators and members are those who have:
(a) have joined the Parliament at or since the November 2001
(b) are not able to access a pension or superannuation benefit
(related to their service in the Parliament) immediately upon
ceasing to be a Member of the Parliament; and
(c) have retired involuntarily through:
(i) electing not to stand for re-election following loss of party
endorsement, for reasons other than misconduct;
(ii) defeat at an election (including defeat at an election where
he or she has campaigned to be elected to represent a different
electoral division or to the other House of Parliament).
The Resettlement Allowance payable to eligible former
parliamentarians is equal to 12 weeks of the annual allowance on
the date Parliament is prorogued before the election. The annual
allowance is referred to as the "basic parliamentary salary" in
For further information, please refer to the 2007
section in the E-Brief, The Parliamentary Retiring Allowances
Act 1948: Debates, Committee Reports, Remuneration Tribunal Reviews
and a Chronology of Legislative Amendments.
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Existing Legislation, Operation and History
Senators and Members elected at the general election held 9
October 2004 are eligible for benefits under the
Parliamentary Superannuation Act 2004.
Parliamentarians serving in Parliament prior to the 2004 general
election are, and will remain, eligible for entitlements under the
Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948
(the principal Act). This Act established the Parliamentary
Retiring Allowances Trust and the Parliamentary Superannuation
Contributory Scheme (the Scheme). Finance administers the Scheme
under the direction of the Trust. A history of the principal Act
can be read in the e-brief entitled The
Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Act 1948: Debates, Committee
Reports, Remuneration Tribunal Reviews and a Chronology of
Superannuation Handbook, published by Finance, outlines the
A detailed examination of the Scheme is beyond the scope of this
e-brief. Readers are referred to a companion e-brief Superannuation
benefits for senators and members.
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Annual allowance, electorate allowance
and salaries of Members and Senators, Office-holders of the
Parliament and Ministers 1996-2007: spreadsheet originally
developed by Mr Geoff Winter, formerly of Statistics Section,
Research Branch, Department of Parliamentary Services.
(1) D. Meagher,
Section 48 of the Constitution of Australia, in E Law vol
6 no 2, June 1999.
(2) The term basic salary is used in legislation and
determinations of all states and the territories but Queensland
where the term annual salary is described by the governing
legislation. Basic salary is used here for convenience,
assisting the delineation between Commonwealth and States.
(3) On 29 May 2004, it was reported that Victorian Premier Steve
Bracks had decided not to accept the full increase to Victorian
parliamentary salaries that would flow from the 3.9% increase to
the federal annual allowance. The Premier indicated that the
increase would be capped at 3% in line with the Victorian
Government's "strict public sector wages policy of no more than 3
per cent per year". [Age 29 May 2004, p. 9]
Parliamentary Salaries and Superannuation (Amendment) Act
2004 amended the
Parliamentary Salaries and Superannuation Act 1968 so
that the Victorian basic salary from 1 July 2004 was defined as $1
442 less (not $500 less) than the annual allowance - $1 442 less
than $106 770. This enacted a basic salary for Victorian MPs of
$105 328 per annum from 1 July 2004, an increase of 3%. This nexus
remained for the 1 July 2005 and 1 July 2006 increases.
On 21 August 2007, the Victorian Parliament passed the
Parliamentary Salaries and Superannuation Amendment Bill 2007.
The purpose of the bill was to "amend the
Parliamentary Salaries and Superannuation Act 1968 to
limit any increase in the salary payable to members of the
Parliament of Victoria in the current financial year to 3.25%"
[Section 1 of amending Act]. Section 3 enacts a reduction to the
annual allowance of $5 733 from 1 July 2007, rather than $1 442.
Therefore the Victorian parliamentary basic salary from 1 July 2007
is $5 733 less than $127 060 ie. $121 327 per annum
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