A pay rise for magistrates

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THE ACT Remuneration Tribunal has released a slew of Determinations covering:

  • ACT Supreme Court judicial positions
  • ACT Magistrates Court judicial positions
  • ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT)
  • Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
  • Part Time Office Holders
  • ACT Members of the Legislative Assembly
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

A spokesperson said the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal is conducting an in depth review of remuneration and entitlements for the judiciary.

“There are formal and informal links between remuneration for the Commonwealth judiciary and the ACT judiciary,” they said.

“As a result, there will be no change in remuneration at this stage for Supreme Court judicial positions or the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

“ACAT is in the process of reorganisation and any change in work value is not yet clear to the Tribunal. Accordingly, there will be no change in remuneration or entitlements for ACAT for the time being.

“The Tribunal decided that the work value of Magistrates in the ACT Magistrates Court has not been appropriately recognised and has granted a 3 percent increase in remuneration for this group.

“New legislation and a new framework have been introduced for CIT. The Tribunal has determined a cash component of $285,000 pa for the increased work value of the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer.

“A comprehensive review of part time statutory office holders is underway and the Tribunal has decided to grant a 2 percent increase, pending finalisation of that review.

“Determination 7/2015 clarifies the communications allowance payable to MLAs. There has been no change in the quantum; rather the Determination clarifies the intent of the Tribunal in providing a communications allowance following the abolition of the discretionary office allowance. The allowance is provided to assist MLAs in exercising their functions as Members.”

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