Local Government

Role of the Remuneration Authority in setting remuneration for elected members of local authorities

Under the Local Government Act, the Remuneration Authority sets the base remuneration for all elected members of local authorities including community boards. It also sets allowances and expenses. In undertaking its duties, the Authority is obliged to have regard to the need to minimise potential for behaviour distortion, maintain fair relativity with other levels of remuneration elsewhere, be fair to both elected members and ratepayers, and attract and retain competent persons. To learn more about the legal requirements, refer to the Remuneration Authority legal framework.


The following information applies to the determination that will come into effect on 1st July 2017, except where it is stated otherwise.

Any councils that make changes to their governance structure following that election can apply to the Authority for an appropriate change in the determination. For more information, refer to the process for approving additional remuneration.

The information for local authorities on this website is also available as a helpful guide for those wishing to view it as a whole: