What counts as remuneration

Remuneration includes salary, wages, and other payments (whether in money or not).

What is remuneration

The Remuneration Authority sets a total amount of remuneration based on the expected demands of the job, including hours of work and holidays. This can be expressed as an annual salary or at daily or hourly rates depending on the nature of the position (full-time, part-time or irregular).

Where people are provided with non-salary components such as superannuation, motor vehicles, additional holiday or leave arrangements, the salary component of the package is reduced accordingly.

Reimbursements and allowances

Work-related expenses such as necessary travel costs and communication equipment are not remuneration, and in most cases the same provisions applying to staff of an agency or department are applied to people whose remuneration is set by the Authority. Where these provisions do not provide a personal benefit the Authority does not consider them in setting remuneration.

The Authority does either set or approve reimbursement or allowance arrangements in some areas:

  • Local authority expenses and allowances for elected members are approved by the Authority on a council by council basis. Current entitlements are required to be made public on request by the council, and are often displayed on the website of the organisation concerned.
  • Members of Parliament have an out of pocket allowance set by the Authority which is reviewed annually as part of the salary determination of members. This allowance covers a range of expenses that are reviewed and listed in the Parliamentary Determination each year.
  • Members of Parliament have entitlements to accommodation services both when travelling within New Zealand and whilst attending to parliamentary business in Wellington. Other work-related allowance and expenses are provided for by Parliamentary Services and Ministerial Services.
  • Judges have an out of pocket allowance set by the Authority to cover some expenses related to their employment. Other work-related expenses are provided under policies set by the Attorney General and administered by the Ministry of Justice.