Remuneration of Members of the Parliament of Australia


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Background Paper 7 1997-98

Margaret Healy
Politics and Public Administration Group
Geoff Winter
Statistics Group
17 November 1997

Contents

Members' remuneration

Constitutional and legal basis of payment

Brief history

Ministerial salaries

Parliamentary Secretaries

Other parliamentary entitlements

Parliamentary superannuation

Endnotes

Appendix

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996

Introduction

This paper contains the latest available information on the salaries of Members of Parliament (MPs), Ministers and all Office holders of the Parliament for 1996 and 1997. It is proposed to update this information whenever salary adjustments are made. The constitutional authority for payment of Members of Parliament and of Ministers is given, along with a short history. There is a brief outline of the other entitlements of Members of Parliament, and of the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Scheme.

Members' remuneration

There are several components of the total monetary remuneration of Members of Parliament:

  •  

  • the basic salary

This is paid to all Members and Senators.

  •  

  • the electorate allowance

There are three different levels of the electorate allowance, set according to the size of the electorate. The lowest applies to all Senators and to Members of the House of Representatives with electorate areas less than 2000 sq. km; the next to electorates with areas between 2000 and 5000 sq km, and the largest to electorates with areas above 5000 sq km.

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  • office-holder or ministerial salary

There are numerous Offices of the Parliament. They include the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate (the Presiding Officers), their Deputies, the Leader of the Opposition, Party Leaders, Whips, and Chairs of Parliamentary Committees.

Ministerial salaries are set for the offices of the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Treasurer, the Leader of the House, the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Cabinet Ministers, and Ministers outside Cabinet.

As the electorate allowance is a variable component, the electorate size needs to be known when determining the total remuneration for any MP.

The Appendix shows each component separately and provides their combined total. The bolded total is that of the incumbent recipient.

Constitutional and legal basis of payment

Payment of Members and Senators of the Commonwealth Parliament is provided for in section 48 of the Constitution, which states:

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 seat.

Brief history

Until 1973 Parliament itself determined the salaries of its members by legislation, either on the basis of decisions made by the government of the day, or as a consequence of recommendations of various committees of inquiry(1). Table One lists these acts of Parliament and the salary levels they set.

 

Table 1: Salaries of Members of Parliament determined by Act of Parliament

1901-73

Year

Salary

($ p.a.)

 

Act

Date of effect

1901

800

 

Constitution s. 48

29-30.3.01

1907

1 200

 

Parliamentary Allowances Act 1907

28.7.07

1920

2 000

 

Parliamentary Allowances Act 1920

19.5.20

1931

1 600

 

Financial Emergency Act 1931

20.7.31

1932

1 500

 

Financial Emergency Act 1932

5.10.32

1933

1 650

 

Financial Relief Act 1933

1.11.33

1935

1 700

 

Financial Relief Act 1935

9.10.35

1936

1 900

 

Financial Relief Act 1936

21.9.36

1938

2 000

 

Parliamentary Salaries Adjustment Act 1938

13.5.38

1947

3 000

 

Parliamentary Allowances Act 1947

10.7.47

1952

3 500

 

Parliamentary Allowances Act 1952

1.1.52

1956

4 700

 

Parliamentary Allowances Act 1956

1.7.56

1959

5 500

 

Parliamentary Allowances Act 1959

1.3.59

1964

7 000

 

Parliamentary Allowances Act 1964

1.11.64

1968

9 500

 

Parliamentary Allowances Act 1968

1.12.68

1973

14 500

 

Parliamentary Allowances Act 1973

1.4.73

The remuneration of Members of Parliament has always been a contentious issue. The last government-appointed inquiry into parliamentary remuneration, the Kerr Committee, which reported in 1971, recommended that parliamentary salaries should be determined by an independent tribunal. This was accepted by the Whitlam ALP Government, which passed the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973. This established an independent Remuneration Tribunal which had the function of reporting into and determining the salaries and allowances of Members and Senators, and the allowances of Ministers and Office-holders of the Parliament. This was required to be done at intervals of not more than one year.

Such salaries and allowances were set by means of formal determinations by the Tribunal. The Tribunal is required to furnish the Minister with a copy of each Determination, and the Minister (now the Minister for Finance and Administration) is required to table determinations in each House of the Parliament. Unless specifically disallowed by either House of the Parliament, determinations came into effect on the date specified in the Determination.

It was intended that the work of the Remuneration Tribunal would de-politicise the issue of parliamentary remuneration and conditions.

The Tribunal fixed the basic parliamentary salary, electorate allowances, travel entitlements and conditions for Members and Senators, Office-holders of the Parliament, and Ministers. Some office facilities, such as postage and telephones, were determined by the Tribunal, but the general provision and equipment of electorate offices and the staffing levels for Members and Senators, Office-holders and Ministers was, and still is, set by the Government.

By 1990 parliamentary remuneration had again become a contentious issue. The 1988 Review of the Tribunal determined, after a work value assessment of Members of Parliament by management consultants Cullen Egan Dell, that there should be a substantial phased increase in salaries. However, following strong representations by the Government, the 1990 increase was deferred. The Government proposed a linkage between the salaries of members and those of the Band 1 of the Senior Executive Service (SES) of the Australian Public Service. The Tribunal opposed this linkage. The Hawke ALP Government then passed the Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990, which removed the power of the Remuneration Tribunal to determine the basic salary, and provided for a phased increase of salaries up to the level of SES Band 1. The Act provided that once salaries reached this level, subsequent adjustment of parliamentary salaries would occur in accordance with any adjustments made to SES Band 1 salaries. Since 1990 these adjustments have occurred by means of wage agreements between the government and the public sector unions.

The Remuneration Tribunal continues to make determinations on electorate and other allowances and conditions, and continues to determine the salaries of Office-holders of the Parliament. Determinations fixing the remuneration of Office-holders of the Parliament have updated and rationalised the additional salaries paid to the Chairs of Parliamentary Committees. After the establishment of the Main Committee of the House of Representatives in February 1994, and of the new Senate Committee structure in October 1994, new Offices were approved, including an increased number of Whip positions and the position of Second Deputy Speaker.

Schedule 2 of the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1994 (which deals primarily with the coal industry) amended Schedule 3 of the Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990 to provide that the salary of MPs will be equivalent to the minimum payable to a Band 2 level of the SES. The new subclauses of Schedule 3 provide:

(2) The Members of Parliament annual salary is equal to the minimum SES Band 2 annual salary.

(3) In this clause:

'minimum SES Band 2 annual salary' means the minimum annual rate of salary payable to the holders of offices in the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service having a classification of Band 2.

Schedule 2 also amended Schedule 4 of the Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990 to provide that whenever parliamentary salaries increase because of an increase to the minimum SES level, the additional salaries paid to Office-holders of the Parliament also increase by the same proportion.

After basic salaries reached SES salary levels, there were adjustments resulting from National Wage Case decisions, and then from the Agreement between the Government and the public sector unions Improving productivity, jobs and pay in the Australian Public Service 1992-1994, and its successor agreements. The last Agreement, Continuous improvement in the Australian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 1995-96, expired at the end of 1996, with the last adjustment taking effect from 17 October 1996.

With the final adjustment made, and the expiry of the Continuous improvement Agreement, it appears that there is now no procedure by which increases to parliamentary salaries can be made, although the remuneration and conditions as specified in the last Agreement remain in force until replaced by a subsequent Agreement. Since the enactment of the Workplace Relations Act 1996, SES salaries and remuneration may be set either through individually negotiated Australian Workplace Agreements (AWA), or they may be included in separate agency enterprise bargaining agreements. The party to any Australian Workplace Agreement may not be disclosed by the Industrial Registrar (although it is possible for an individual who is party to an AWA to disclose its terms). The salient point is that with the move to agency bargaining in the APS, the nexus to parliamentarians' salaries has been broken, and there is now no common public sector standard by which to determine future parliamentary salary levels. It appears that legislation would be required to set another mechanism in place. The Remuneration Tribunal, in its Statement on Members of Parliament - Allowances and Entitlements, dated 8 October 1997, has also drawn attention to this lack of an adjustment mechanism, and recommended that this be given early attention. Any action to re-establish a salary adjustment mechanism would bring the issue of parliamentary remuneration back onto the public agenda, when the point of tying parliamentary salaries to SES salaries was precisely to de-politicise the issue.

It should be noted that State parliamentary salaries are also affected, as generally the States set their parliamentary salaries by legislation with reference to the rate of Commonwealth salaries. In New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland salaries are set at $500 per annum less than the basic Commonwealth parliamentary salary. South Australia's rate is set at $2000 per annum less, and Tasmania's is 85.19 per cent of the Commonwealth rate. The Northern Territory rate is set by legislation at $3000 per annum less than the Commonwealth rate. Western Australian salaries are set by the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal, which reviews salaries and allowances annually. The Australian Capital Territory, which formerly had remuneration for its Legislative Assembly set by the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal, has now established its own Remuneration Tribunal.

Ministerial salaries

Section 66 of the Constitution provides that:

There shall be payable to the Queen, out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Commonwealth, for the salaries of the Ministers of State, an annual sum, which, until the Parliament otherwise provides, shall not exceed twelve thousand pounds a year.

Parliament provided otherwise by enacting the Ministers of State Act 1952 as amended, which fixes the maximum size of the Ministry and appropriates an annual sum for the payment of Ministerial salaries. After 1973, ministerial salaries (which are additional to the salaries of Members and Senators) were set by means of the Government accepting reports of the Remuneration Tribunal. Sub-section 6 (1) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 provides:

The Tribunal shall, from time to time as provided by this Part, inquire into, and report to the Minister on, the question whether any alterations are desirable in the salaries payable to Ministers of State out of public moneys of Australia.

When the Parliamentary Allowances Act 1990 was passed, the Government decided to increase Ministerial salaries by the same percentage as any increases made to the basic salary of Members, and to apply any such increases with effect from the same dates(2).

The Remuneration Tribunal continues to make Determinations on the allowances and entitlements of Members, Senators, Office-holders, and Ministers, and on additional salaries of Office-holders as specified in sub-section 8(2) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

The Howard Government soon after its election decided upon a two-tiered pay structure for the Ministry Cabinet Ministers' salaries remained unchanged, but those of Ministers not in the Cabinet decreased by $10 000 per annum(3). This was to reflect the higher workload of Cabinet Ministers, and represented a return to previous Coalition practice. This decision was formalised firstly by the Remuneration Tribunal accepting the advice of the Minister for Industrial Relations in his letter of 18 April 1996 that there should be a salary differential of 20 per cent between the salaries of Cabinet Ministers and other Ministers(4), and secondly by the acceptance of the Tribunal's Report by the Government. The new salary structure came into effect from 7 March 1996.

Parliamentary Secretaries

Parliamentary Secretaries may not receive additional remuneration, but do get reimbursement for 'expenses of office reasonably and necessarily incurred'. Determination No. 16 of 1993, dated 21.12.1993, set the amount at $7 220 per annum.

Other parliamentary entitlements

In addition to the provision of a privately-plated Commonwealth vehicle(5), and electorate allowances, Members and Senators are provided with electorate offices, and may engage three electorate staff, one of whom may be located in Parliament House. They are entitled to transport, travelling allowances which include accommodation, and telephone and postage allowances.

Details of these entitlements and facilities are contained in various Remuneration Tribunal Determinations, and in a booklet published in 1996 by the (former)(6) Department of Administrative Services(7). Another booklet published by the Department of the House of Representatives(8) describes the entitlements and sets out the various services and facilities provided by the Parliamentary Departments.

Non-salary entitlements of Members and Senators are authorised by the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990, and by determinations of the Remuneration Tribunal.

Members and Senators travelling within Australia by air, rail or coach on parliamentary or electorate business are transported at the expense of the Commonwealth. So too are Ministers and Office-holders travelling on official business. Travelling allowances are payable for overnight stays for the sittings of Parliament, parliamentary and electorate business and other specified purposes. The latest Determination covering travelling allowances is Determination No. 21 of 1995.

Electorate allowances, spouses', nominees' and dependent children's transport, car transport on parliamentary business, private vehicle allowances, provision of privately-plated Commonwealth vehicles, charter aircraft and drive-yourself vehicles, life gold passes, overseas travel, telephone services and postage are covered by Determination No. 22 of 1995.

The electorate allowance is taxable unless it can be shown that the expenditure was tax deductible. Any balance not accounted for is liable to income tax.

The Commonwealth meets fringe benefits tax payable on the provision of privately-plated Commonwealth vehicles and on entertainment allowances.

Parliamentary superannuation

There is a parliamentary superannuation scheme established by the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948. This is administered by the Department of Finance and Administration under the direction of the Parliamentary Retirement Allowances Trust. The Minister for Finance and Administration is the presiding trustee. The Department of Finance and Administration issues an explanatory booklet on the scheme to Members and Senators entitled the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Handbook, which is updated as required. Contributions are 11.5 per cent of monthly salary and additional salary of office for the first 18 years of parliamentary service. After this the contribution rate falls to 5.75 per cent. The Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Scheme was reviewed by the Senate Select Committee on Superannuation, which reported in September 1997(9).

Endnotes

  1.  

  2. There have been four such committees of inquiry, in 1952, 1955, 1959 and 1971. They were:

    Australia. Committee of Inquiry into the Salaries and Allowances of Members of the National Parliament. Report. Chairman: H S Nicholas. Canberra: Commonwealth Government Printer, 1952.

    Australia. Committee of Inquiry into the Salaries and Allowances of Members of the Commonwealth Parliament. Report. Chairman: H F Richardson. Canberra: Commonwealth Government Printer, 1956. PP 7/1956/57.

    Australia. Committee of Inquiry into the Salaries and Allowances of the Commonwealth Parliament. Report. Chairman: H F Richardson. Canberra: Commonwealth Government Printer, 1969. PP 15/1959-60.

    Australia. Inquiry into the Salaries and Allowances of Members of the Commonwealth Parliament. Report of Inquiry by Mr Justice Kerr. Canberra: AGPS, 1971. PP 284/1971.

     

  3. This decision was not given separate legislative effect, as authority exists under the Ministers of State Act 1952.

     

  4. Michelle Grattan, in The Age of 16 April 1996, reported the salary differential. She said junior (ie. non Cabinet Ministers) had been told about a fortnight previously that their salaries would fall by $10 000. See also article by Peter Cole-Adams in The Canberra Times, 17 April 1996.

     

  5. Report No. 1 of 1996 dated 14.5.96.

     

  6. Provision of a privately plated Commonwealth vehicle was first made by Determination No. 24 of 1990. A deduction of $6 000 per annum from the electorate allowance was required. This was changed by Determination No. 18 of 1993, and is now covered by Determination 22 of 1995, which made the contribution by parliamentarians the same rate and under the same conditions as those applying to members of the SES. There is a deduction of between $500-700 per annum made from salary.

     

  7. The adminstration of parliamentary and ministerial entitlements and facilities formerly performed by the Department of Adminstrative Services (DAS) was transferred from DAS when it was abolished on 9 October 1997 to the new Department of Finance and Administration.

     

  8. Department of Administrative Services. Senators and Members entitlements. Canberra: Department of Administrative Services, 1996.

     

  9. Department of the House of Representatives. Members' Handbook. Canberra: Department of the House of Representatives, 1996

     

  10. Australia. Parliament. Senate Select Committee on Superannuation. The Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Scheme and the Judges Pension Scheme. Canberra: The Department of the Senate, 1997.

APPENDIX

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

105 791

107 932

(2)

110 621

112 864

(3)

117 286

119 669

SENATOR

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

105 791

107 932

PRIME MINISTER

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

120 891

123 309

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

226 682

231 241

(2)

231 512

236 173

(3)

238 177

242 978

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

78 440

80 009

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

184 231

187 941

(2)

189 061

192 873

)

(3)

195 726

199 678

TREASURER

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

63 930

65 209

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

169 721

173 141

(2)

174 551

178 073

(3)

181 216

184 878

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders
of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996 (continued)

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

63 930

65 209

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

169 721

173 141

LEADER OF THE HOUSE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

56 734

57 869

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

162 525

165 801

(2)

167 355

170 733

(3)

174 020

177 538

OTHER MINISTERS IN CABINET

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

52 862

53 919

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

158 653

161 851

(2)

163 483

166 783

(3)

170 148

173 588

MINISTERS NOT IN CABINET

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

42 862

43 136

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

148 653

151 068

(2)

153 483

156 000

(3)

160 148

162 805

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders
of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996 (continued)

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

62 282

63 528

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

168 073

171 460

(2)

172 903

176 392

(3)

179 568

183 197

PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

58 407

59 575

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

164 198

167 507

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

58 407

59 575

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

164 198

167 507

(2)

169 028

172 439

(3)

175 693

179 244

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

40 991

41 811

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

146 782

149 743

(2)

151 612

154 675

(3)

158 277

161 480

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

40 991

41 811

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

146 782

149 743

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders
of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996
(continued)

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

LEADER OF THE THIRD PARTY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (b)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

33 222

33 886

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

139 013

141 818

(2)

143 843

146 750

(3)

150 508

153 555

LEADER OF A RECOGNISED NON-GOVERNMENT PARTY WITH AT LEAST FIVE MEMBERS (c)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

30 080

30 682

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

135 871

138 614

(2)

140 701

143 546

(3)

147 366

150 351

CHIEF GOVERNMENT WHIP IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

20 775

21 191

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

126 566

129 123

(1)

131 396

134 055

(3)

138 061

140 860

CHIEF OPPOSITION WHIP IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

18 323

18 689

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

124 114

126 621

(2)

128 944

131 553

(3)

135 609

138 358

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders
of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996 (continued)

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND CHAIR OF COMMITTEES IN THE SENATE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

16 024

16 344

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

121 815

124 276

DEPUTY SPEAKER IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

16 024

16 344

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

121 815

124 276

(2)

126 645

129 208

(3)

133 310

136 013

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

15 386

15 694

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

121 177

123 626

GOVERNMENT WHIP IN THE SENATE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

15 386

15 694

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

121 177

123 626

OPPOSITION WHIP IN THE SENATE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

13 917

14 195

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

119 708

122 127

SECOND DEPUTY SPEAKER IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

10 388

10 596

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

116 179

118 528

(2)

121 009

123 460

(3)

127 674

130 265

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders
of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996
(continued)

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

GOVERNMENT WHIPS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (2)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

10 388

10 596

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

116 179

118 528

(2)

121 009

123 460

(3)

127 674

129 487

OPPOSITION WHIPS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (2)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

9 161

9 344

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.) -

(1)

114 952

117 276

(2)

119 782

122 208

(3)

126 447

129 013

LEADER OF THE NATIONAL PARTY IN THE SENATE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

113 921

116 225

WHIP, SECOND GOVERNMENT PARTY IN THE SENATE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

(d)

(d)

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(d)

(d)

THIRD PARTY WHIP IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.) -

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

113 921

116 225

(2)

118 751

121 157

(3)

125 416

127 962

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders
of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996
(continued)

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

WHIP OF A RECOGNISED NON-GOVERNMENT PARTY WITH AT LEAST FIVE MEMBERS (c)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

6 877

7 015

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

112 668

114 947

(2)

117 498

119 879

(3)

124 163

126 684

DEPUTY GOVERNMENT WHIP IN THE SENATE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

3 438

3 507

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

109 229

111 439

DEPUTY OPPOSITION WHIP IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (e)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

2 156

2 199

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

107 947

110 131

(2)

112 777

115 063

(3)

119 442

121 868

DEPUTY OPPOSITION WHIPS IN THE SENATE (2)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

1 650

1 683

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

107 441

109 615

MEMBERS OF THE SPEAKER'S PANEL IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (10)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

1 650

1 683

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

107 441

109 615

(2)

112 271

114 547

(3)

118 936

121 352

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders
of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996 (continued)

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

DEPUTY (TEMPORARY) CHAIRS OF COMMITTEES IN THE SENATE (12)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

1 650

1 683

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

107 441

109 615

THIRD PARTY DEPUTY WHIP IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

1 616

1 648

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

107 407

109 580

(2)

112 237

114 512

(3)

118 902

121 317

CHAIR, JOINT STATUTORY COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

12 818

13 074

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

118 609

121 006

(2)

123 439

125 938

(3)

130 104

132 743

CHAIR, JOINT STATUTORY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

12 818

13 074

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

118 609

121 006

(2)

123 439

125 938

(3)

130 104

132 743

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders
of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996 (continued)

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

CHAIR, JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

12 818

13 074

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

118 609

121 006

(2)

123 439

125 938

(3)

130 104

132 743

CHAIR, JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON TREATIES (f)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

113 921

116 225

(2)

118 751

121 157

(3)

125 416

127 962

CHAIR, OTHER JOINT STATUTORY COMMITTEE OR JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES (9)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

113 921

116 225

(2)

118 751

121 157

(3)

125 416

127 962

CHAIR, SENATE LEGISLATIVE AND GENERAL PURPOSE STANDING COMMITTEES (16)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

113 921

116 225

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders
of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996
(continued)

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

CHAIR, JOINT SELECT OR OTHER SELECT COMMITTEE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

113 921

116 225

(2)

118 751

121 157

(3)

125 416

127 962

CHAIR OF ANY ESTABLISHED INVESTIGATIVE STANDING COMMITTEE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

113 921

116 225

(2)

118 751

121 157

(3)

125 416

127 962

CHAIR, SENATE COMMITTEE OF PRIVILEGES

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

113 921

116 225

CHAIR, SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON REGULATIONS AND ORDINANCES

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

113 921

116 225

CHAIR, SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE FOR THE SCRUTINY OF BILLS

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

113 921

116 225

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders
of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996 (continued)

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

CHAIR, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE OF PRIVILEGES

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

1)

113 921

116 225

(2)

118 751

121 157

(3)

125 416

127 962

CHAIR, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STANDING COMMITTEE ON PROCEDURE

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

113 921

116 225

(2)

118 751

121 157

(3)

125 416

127 962

CHAIR, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES GENERAL PURPOSE STANDING COMMITTEES (9)

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

8 130

8 293

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

113 921

116 225

(2)

118 751

121 157

(3)

125 416

127 962

CHAIR, SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON SENATORS' INTERESTS

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

2 239

2 284

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

25 540

26 076

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

108 030

110 216

Salaries, etc. of Members of Parliament, Office-Holders
of the Parliament and Ministers, 1996(continued)

7.3.1996 (a)

17.10.1996 (a)

CHAIR, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

2 239

2 284

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

108 030

110 216

(2)

112 860

115 148

(3)

119 525

121 953

CHAIR, ANY (OTHER) HOUSE OF REPS COMM. CONCERNED WITH PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Basic salary ($ p.a.)

80 251

81 856

Salary of office ($ p.a.)

2 239

2 284

Electorate allowance ($ p.a.)

(1)

25 540

26 076

(2)

30 370

31 008

(3)

37 035

37 813

Total remuneration ($ p.a.)

(1)

108 030

110 216

(2)

112 860

115 148

(3)

119 525

121 953

NOTES

(a) Actual electorate allowances and total remuneration received by incumbents at dates of effect are bolded. Where positions are not bolded, they are either not occupied or there are more than one incumbents

(b) The salary for this position, which has applied historically to the National Party of Australia when not in government, is not paid when the incumbent also occupies a higher-paid position, as in the case of the Deputy Prime Minister. Whenever an additional office is held, the incumbent is paid the salary of the more highly-paid position, but not both.

(c) This position currently applies to the Australian Democrats.

(d) Remuneration for position in government set by Determination No. 14 of 1997, dated and with effect from 8.10.1997.

(e) Position determined by the Remuneration Tribunal, but not currently occupied.

(f) Established during the 38th Parliament, with effect from 17.6.1996. Remuneration increased to highest rate, of $13 074, for Committee Chairs by Determination No. 14 of 1997, dated and with effect from 8.10.1997.

Electorate Allowances

Electorate allowances shown as from 17.10.1996 were varied by Remuneration Tribunal Determination No. 19 of 1996 dated 31.12.1996, with effect from 1.10.1996.

For Members of the House of Representatives, electorate allowances are paid according to the size of the electorate represented, as follows:

(1) Less than 2 000 sq km.

(2) 2 000 - 5 000 sq km.

(3) More than 5 000 sq km.

For Senators the minimum amount of electorate allowance is paid. There is no linkage to the area represented.

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