Start and end dates of local government elected member remuneration

Date remuneration payment for an elected member comes into effect

After an election or by-election

The remuneration of an elected member comes into effect on and from the day after the day on which the official result of the triennial local election or a by-election to the local authority, local board or community board is declared by public notice under section 86 of the Local Electoral Act 2001 (section 15 of the Local Electoral Act 2001).

On appointment to a position of responsibility

If an elected members is appointed to a position of responsibility their new remuneration rate (subject to the Remuneration Authority’s prior approval) comes into effect on and from the day after the day on which the appointment is confirmed by council resolution.

Date remuneration payment for an elected member ceases

Leaving office

The remuneration of an elected member will cease on either the day:

  • the official result of the election to the local authority, local board or community board is declared by public notice under section 86 of the Local Electoral Act 2001.

    Therefore, all current elected members will continue on their current rates of pay till midnight on the day that the official result is declared. This also applies to returning members, whether they were elected unopposed or in a contest, and to members who are defeated or did not contest the election.

Or:

  • they vacate their office during a triennium (ie: before the next triennial local election) under clauses 4 and 5 of schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002. That is the day on which their notice to resign is delivered to the chief executive of the local authority (see clause 4).

Positions of responsibility

The extra remuneration received by an elected member who holds a position of responsibility will cease on either:

  • the day that the elected member submits their notice to resign from the position of responsibility.

Or:

  • the day before the disestablishment of the position of responsibility comes into effect (by a council resolution and subject to the prior approval of the Remuneration Authority). 

In both cases the elected member’s remuneration reverts to the current councillor (with no additional responsibilities) rate.

Positions of responsibility include chairperson and deputy chairperson of a regional council or local board, deputy mayor, chairperson and deputy chairperson of a council committee and chairperson of a community board.