20-23 2020/21 Determination of the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal

Category: Circular to Councils Status: Active
Circular Details: 20-23 / 22 June 2020 / A707486 Contact: Council Governance Team/ 02 4428 4100/
Previous Circular:  19-07 Attachments:  Nil
Who should read this: Councillors / General Managers Action required: Councils to Implement
PDF Version: 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:

Metropolitan Non-Metropolitan
Principal CBD Major Regional City
Major CBD Major Strategic Area
Metropolitan Large Regional Strategic Area
Metropolitan Medium Regional Centre
Metropolitan Small Regional Rural
  • 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.

Key points

  • 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

Tim Hurst
Deputy Secretary
Local Government, Planning and Policy