Review of Mayoral and Councillor Allowances
In accordance with Victorian legislation, Council is currently reviewing its Mayoral and Councillor Allowances and is now seeking public submissions on the proposed allowance levels.
Local Government Victoria classifies councils into three different categories to determine Councillor allowances. These categories are based on the current income and population for each council.
Since December 2019, Golden Plains Shire Council has been classified as a Category 2 council, which currently allows for the Mayoral allowance to be up to $81,204 and the Councillor allowance to be set between $10,914 to $26,245. These allowances are also subject to an additional amount to cover the 9.5% superannuation guarantee. Councils must determine the level of the Mayoral and Councillor allowance within their set category and have no capacity to change this category.
In line with Council’s category, Council endorsed an increase to the Mayoral and Councillor allowances. The proposed allowances, including the superannuation equivalent are:
- Mayoral allowance: $72,268.40
- Councillor allowances: $25,237.58
Following the meeting, Council is seeking submissions from the community on the proposed allowances. Submissions are open until 5pm, Tuesday 25 May, 2021, and can be provided:
- Online here;
- By email to email@example.com; or
- By mail to Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn, VIC, 3331, marked ‘Attention: Mayoral and Councillor Allowances Review’
Community members can request to present their submission to Council in-person at a meeting to be held at the Golden Plains Civic Centre on 8 June 2021. The final Mayoral and Councillor Allowances will be determined at the Council Meeting on 22 June.
More information on the Review of Mayoral and Councillor Allowances and opportunity for public feedback is available on Council’s Have Your Say webpage here.