Allowances are entirely at the discretion of individual councils within the limits set by the Remuneration Authority.

Current allowances include:

Allowance limits are reviewed annually by the Remuneration Authority.

Council approved allowances for elected members must be included in the council’s elected members’ expenses and reimbursement policy and published on its website.

Councils do not need the Authority's agreement for changes to their elected members’ expenses and reimbursement policy, or to their mayors/regional council chairs' motor vehicle entitlements, so long as their policy remains within the limits of the current remuneration and allowances determination.