20-23 2020/21 Determination of the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal
|Category: Circular to Councils
|Circular Details: 20-23 / 22 June 2020 / A707486
|Contact: Council Governance Team/ 02 4428 4100/ firstname.lastname@example.org
|Previous Circular: 19-07
|Who should read this: Councillors / General Managers
|Action required: Councils to Implement
|Council Circular 20-23 – PDF
What’s new or changing
- The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal) has determined that there will be no increase in mayoral and councillor fees for the 2020/21 financial year.
- The Tribunal is required to determine the remuneration categories of councils and mayoral offices at least once every 3 years under section 239 of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act). The Tribunal last undertook a significant review of the categories in 2017 and has undertaken a review as part of its 2020 determination.
- For the Metropolitan group the Tribunal has determined to retain the existing categories and has amended the population criteria applicable to Metropolitan Large and Metropolitan Medium.
- For the Non-Metropolitan group, the Tribunal has determined to:
- create two new categories – Major Strategic Area and Regional Centre
- rename one category – Regional City to Major Regional City, and
- revise the criteria for some of the existing categories to account for the new categories.
• The Tribunal has determined the following categories:
|Major Regional City
|Major Strategic Area
|Regional Strategic Area
- Each council is allocated into one of these categories based on criteria identified by the Tribunal in Appendix 1 of its determination.
What this will mean for your council
- Sections 248 and 249 of the Act require councils to fix and pay an annual fee based on the Tribunal’s determination for the 2020/21 financial year.
- While there is to be no increase in fees paid for the 2020/21 financial year, mayors and councillors in some councils may receive an increase as a result of a change to their council’s categorisation.
- The level of fees paid will depend on the category the council is in.
- A council cannot fix a fee higher than the maximum amount determined by the Tribunal.
- If a council does not fix a fee, the council must pay the minimum fee determined by the Tribunal.
Where to go for further information
- The Tribunal’s report and determination is available at www.remtribunals.nsw.gov.au/local-government.
- For further information please contact the Council Governance Team on 02 4428 4100 or by email at email@example.com.
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