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Councillor Expenses

Mayors and councillors are entitled to receive an allowance while performing their duty as an elected official, with The Victorian Government responsible for setting the upper and lower levels of these allowances.

The Council is required to set the amount of the allowance, within the allowable range, following the general election, and the allowance level determined remains in effect for the full term of the council. In addition to the allowance, councillors also receive an amount equivalent to the superannuation guarantee contribution which is currently 9.5%.

At the ordinary council meeting on 13 February 2017, the Council adopted a resolution to set the mayor and councillors allowances for the 2016 to 2020 term, to the maximum allowable amount for a category 2 council, being $76,521 per annum for the mayor and $24,730 per annum for councillors.  

Allowance levels are subject to annual automatic adjustments that are announced in the Victorian Government Gazette by the Minister for Local Government. On 30 October 2018, the Department of Environment Land, Water & Planning (refer Local Government Victorian Bulletin: 30/2018) advised all councils that a notice was published in the Victorian Government Gazette S 514 dated 29 October 2018, providing for a 2.0 percent adjustment to apply to all mayor and councillor allowances effective from the 1 December 2018. Under Section 73B of the Local Government Act 1989, a council must increase the mayoral and councillor allowance by this adjustment.

In accordance with the Gazette, effective from the 1 December 2018 the mayor and councillor allowances were increased to $79,612 and $25,730 per annum respectively, plus the equivalent of the superannuation guarantee contribution of 9.5 percent.

In addition to the mayor and councillor allowances, Councillors are also provided with a number of resources and support to assist them in undertaking their duties. This includes office administration and support, professional development support, and equipment such as mobile phones, computers, tablets and printers. Councillors are also entitled to seek reimbursement for expenses such as travel and childcare.

The Mayor receives a vehicle for the duration of the term, a dedicated office and support from an assistant. These expenses and resources are specified in the Provision of Resources and Support to Councillors policy

COUNCILLORS

ALLOWANCES

TRAVEL EXPENSES

CAR MILEAGE

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY EXPENSES

CONFERENCE AND TRAINING EXPENSES

TOTAL

Cr Alan McFarlane 1 Jul 18 to 30 Jun 19

27,944

0

0

389

0

28,333

Cr Brad Law 1 Jul 18 to 30 Jun 19

27,944

0

0

746

0

28,690

Cr Dale Harriman
1 Jul 18 to 30 Jun 19

27,944

0

3,091

649

0

31,684

Cr Dan Clancey
1 Jul 18 to 30 Jun 19

27,944

0

5,306

733

61

34,045

Cr Darrell White 1 Jul 18 to 30 Jun 19 (Mayor - 1 July 2018 to 1 November 18)

47,684

105

0

2,277

0

50,066

Cr Darren Howe 1 Jul 18 to 30 Jun 19

27,944

1,864

1,339

649

13

31,808

Cr Graeme Middlemiss
1 Jul 18 to 30 Jun 19 (Mayor - 1 November 2018 to 30 June 2019)

67,033

1,875

0

842

0

69,749

Cr Kellie O'Callaghan
1 Jul 18 to 30 Jun 19

27,944

0

4,782

1,021

41

33,789

Cr Sharon Gibson 1 Jul 18 to 30 Jun 19

27,944

736

8,151

748

1,546

39,125

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