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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 14 November 2019, the Department of Environment Land, Water & Planning (refer Local Government Victorian Bulletin: 29/2019) advised all councils that a notice was published in the Victorian Government Gazette S459 dated 13 November 2019, providing for a 2.0 percent adjustment to apply to all Mayor and Councillor allowances effective from 1 December 2019.

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 2019 the Mayor and Councillor allowances were increased to $81,204 and $26,245 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.

In addition to the above, the Mayor also receives use of a fully maintained motor vehicle, a dedicated office, and support from an assistant. These expenses and resources are specified in the Provision of Resources and Support to Councillors policy, a copy of which is available from the Latrobe City Council website: www.latrobe.vic.gov.au

 

Councillor Term Allowances Personal Development Conferences/
Seminars/
Accomm.
Stationary/
Supplies
Telecomm-
unications
Travel Other Total

Cr Alan McFarlane

1 Jul 19
to
30 Jun 20

28,503

-

-

90

390

-

-

28,983

Cr Brad Law

1 Jul 19
to
30 Jun 20

28,503

-

-

-

753

-

-

29,256

Cr Dale Harriman

1 Jul 19
to
30 Jun 20

28,503

145

232

583

828

4,756

550

35,597

Cr Dan Clancey*

1 Jul 19
to
30 Jun 20

68,525

4,900

154

183

650

2,846

728

77,986

Cr Darrell White

1 Jul 19
to
30 Jun 20

28,503

-

-

176

1,688

2,912

-

33,279

Cr Darren Howe

1 Jul 19
to
30 Jun 20

28,503

-

-

-

1,360

2,968

-

32,831

Cr Graeme Middlemiss^

1 Jul 19
to
30 Jun 20

48,170

-

588

209

895

108

184

50,154

Cr Kellie O’Callaghan#

1 Jul 19
to
30 Jun 20

28,503

-

-

151

1,004

10,169

-

39,827

Cr Sharon Gibson

1 Jul 19
to
30 Jun 20

28,503

46

788

273

652

8,380

205

38,847

*    Cr Dan Clancey: Mayor from 31 October 2019 to June 30 2020.
^    Cr Graeme Middlemiss: Mayor from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2019.
#    Cr Kellie O’Callaghan’s expenses paid during 2019-20 include expenses incurred for a 7 month period in 2018-19. 

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