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:

Next Amending Determination

The next and final amending determination for the 2018/19 year is scheduled for gazetting in late April 2019.

Councils who have made changes to their governance structure and their elected members’ responsibilities should complete the required form(s) and send them to the Remuneration Authority by Friday 22 March 2019.

In all cases where there is a change, councils need to wait till the amending determination is gazetted by the Authority before they can make or cease additional payments to elected members. However, all payments will be backdated to the time (but not before 1 July 2018) when the elected member assumed or relinquished a role with additional responsibility.

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 is providing a vehicle to their mayor/regional chair they should refer to clause 9 of the above determination.