More crackers for local pollies as pay goes up

ACT politicians have been given a pay rise of 3.5 per cent by the independent ACT Remuneration Tribunal.

The base salary for a member of the Legislative Assembly is now $125,259 a year. The increase is now in line with the increase offered to administrative staff in the ACT Public Service, such as statutory office holders, the Head of Service, Directors General and executives.

“The Government’s submission to the Remuneration Tribunal indicated that pay rises for MLAs, executives and public officials should not exceed the increases available to workers in the broader community, in particular members of the ACT Public Service,” Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said.

“This year’s increase for MLAs, executives and public officials is the same as that offered to administrative staff in the ACT Public service as part of enterprise bargaining. This pay increase will see ACT MLAs remain the second lowest paid in the nation.”

However, additional amounts paid to the holders of prescribed offices, such as Ministers and Committee members, are unchanged as a proportion of base salary.

The ACT Remuneration Tribunal is an independent body responsible for determining remuneration, allowances and entitlements for holders of various public offices.

The Government and Legislative Assembly cannot refuse or amend a determination about either their own remuneration or the remuneration of other public officials.

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