Allowances & expenses for the Mayor and Councillors

The Mayor and Councillors are entitled to receive an allowance while performing their duty as an elected official. The Victorian Government currently sets the upper and lower levels for allowances paid to councillors.

The allowances paid to our Mayor and Councillors, including a 10% allowance in lieu of superannuation, are:

Councillors

Mayor

Allowance

$31,444

$100,434

Superannuation Guarantee (10%)

$3,144.40

$10,043.40

Total Payable

$34,588.40

$110,477.40

 

Council last reviewed the level of allowances on 25 May 2021.

Under the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal and Improving Parliamentary Standards Act 2019 (Vic) (VIRTIPS Act), the Tribunal is required to make Determinations setting the values of the allowances, including allowance categories, payable to Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors (Council members) in Victorian Councils.

On 17 June 2021, the Minister for Local Government requested that the Tribunal make the first Determination. The Determination will come into effect on 18 December 2021 — six months from the day the Tribunal received the Minister’s request.

Reimbursement of expenses

Council is committed to supporting Councillors to effectively undertake their duties by providing appropriate resources. Expenses can be claimed in respect of:

  • travel
  • car mileage
  • childcare
  • information and communication technology
  • conferences and training. 

The Councillor Expenditure Policy provides the necessary governance around claiming expenses. 

Payments to Councillors – 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

View a full breakdown of expenses for this period(XLSX, 16KB)

Allowances

Expenses

Total

Cathrine Burnett-Wake 1

$24,497.53

$1,539.56

$26,037.09

David Eastham 1

$24,497.53

$592.66

$25,090.19

Fiona McAllister (Mayor) 2

$88,729.96

$5,155.09

$93,885.05

Jim Child

$35,305.11

$3,854.80

$39,159.91

Johanna Skelton 1

$24,497.53

$540.60

$25,038.13

Len Cox

$35,305.11

$4,494.64

$39,799.75

Richard Higgins 3

$59,017.53

$465.51

$59,483.04

Sophie Todorov 1

$24,497.53

$3,462.76

$27,960.29

Tim Heenan

$35,305.11

$693.95

$35,999.06

Anthony Stevenson 4

$10,807.58

$354.27

$11,161.85

Noel Cliff 4

$10,807.58

$5,642.17

$16,449.75

Terry Avery 4

$10,807.58

$507.67

$11,315.25

Mike Clarke 5

$10,329.37

$82.16

$10,411.53

TOTAL

$394,405.05

$27,385.84

$421,790.89

 

Notes:

The above figures include the payment of allowances for July 2021, as payment was made on 29 June 2021

1. Allowance payable from date Oath or Affirmation of Office was taken. For all Councillors elected on 24 October 2020, allowances were paid from 14 November 2020.

2. Mayoral Allowance payable when elected Mayor at the Council Meeting held on 17 November 2020

3. Includes Mayoral Allowance payable up to 6.00am on election day (24 October 2020)

4. Did not stand or were not returned following the Council general election. Allowance paid up to 6.00am on election day (24 October 2020). Payment up to 24 October was made on 30 September 2020.

5. Allowance paid up to date of resignation as a Councillor on 18 October 2020.