The Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal (Tribunal) is required to make a Determination setting the values of the allowances payable to Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors in Victoria. The Determination must also provide for Council allowance categories, which may be specified for a Council or group of Councils. The Determination will apply to Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors in all 79 Councils across Victoria.

The Tribunal invites interested or affected persons or bodies, including members of the public, to make a written or oral submission. The Tribunal has published a Consultation Paper on its website that outlines the matters it will consider in making the Determination and provides details on how to make a submission.

As part of making its Determination, the Tribunal is required to comprehensively review the existing allowance categories and allowance values. The Tribunal must also take into account similar allowances for elected members of local government bodies in other states, and allowances for persons elected to other voluntary part-time community bodies.

The Determination will take effect from 18 December 2021.

How to participate

If you wish to make a written submission to the Tribunal in relation to the Determination, please email the Tribunal Secretariat at localgovernment@remunerationtribunal.vic.gov.au before 5pm on Monday 16 August 2021.

Those wishing to make an oral submission are requested to advise the Tribunal Secretariat by email at localgovernment@remunerationtribunal.vic.gov.au before 5pm on Monday 26 July 2021.

Further information, including the Notice of Intention to make the Determination, can be found on the Tribunal's website.

Current Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors will shortly also be invited to complete an online questionnaire seeking views on their roles and responsibilities, the appropriateness of the existing allowance framework including current allowance values, and the time commitment and benefits of Council service.

Privacy collection notice

The Tribunal may use information provided in submissions in its Determination. Personal information will be used and stored in accordance with the Tribunal's Privacy Policy.

All submissions will be published (in full or in summary) on the Tribunal’s website, unless the person or body making the submission seeks confidentiality. If the submission contains information identified as commercially sensitive, it will be published in a form which protects the commercial sensitivity.

The Tribunal may remove identifying information from submissions if published. Submissions which contain offensive or defamatory comments, or which are outside of the scope of the Determination, will not be published.

The Tribunal may receive a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic). Any such requests will be determined in accordance with that Act which contains provisions designed to protect personal information and information given in confidence. Further information can be found at the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner website.