Local government elected officials

The Authority sets remuneration for elected positions in local government. It also sets the rules for reimbursement of costs met by members in undertaking their duties. Both are unique to each local authority.

The Authority does not set remuneration for Chief Executives of local or regional authorities. That is the responsibility of the local/regional authorities.

Current remuneration for local authority elected members

Information on current remuneration for local authority elected members is in:

Changes to Council Governance Structures or Positions of Additional Responsibility from 1 July 2019

A new determination covering the year beginning 1 July 2019 is scheduled to be gazetted in late June 2019.

Councils who wish to make changes to their governance structure and/or positions of responsibility should complete the required form(s) and send them to the Remuneration Authority by Friday 17 May 2019.

In all cases councils will need to wait till the determination is gazetted by the Authority before they can make the change.  All changes will be effective from 1 July 2019 or a later effective specified by the council.

Local government remuneration processes

Note: councils are no longer required to obtain the Authority's agreement to changes in their mayors/regional chairs' motor vehicle entitlements and subsequent amendments to their remuneration.  If a council provides a vehicle to their mayor/regional chair they should refer to the appropriate clause (motor vehicles for mayors and regional chairpersons) in the new determination effective from 1 July 2019.