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 sets the upper and lower levels for allowances paid to councillors.

The allowances paid to our Mayor and Councillors, including a 9.5% allowance in lieu of superannuation, are:

Councillors Mayor
Allowance $31,444 $100,434
Superannuation Guarantee (9.5%) $2,987.18 $9,541.23
Total Payable $34,431.18 $109,975.23

Council is required to review the allowance levels by 30 June in the year following a general election and the allowance level determined will remain in effect for the full term of the council. The level of allowances were last reviewed by Council on 13 June 2017.

Allowances are subject to annual automatic adjustments that are announced in the Victoria Government Gazette by the Minister for Local Government. Council was advised on 27 October 2020 that the Minister had conducted this review under section 73B of the Local Government Act 1989 and determined that no adjustment to allowances would be made in respect of all councils.

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 - January to March 2021

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Allowances

Expenses

Total

Catherine Burnett-Wake

$8,607.81

$209.34

$8,817.15

David Eastham

$8,607.81

$75.73

$8,683.54

Fiona McAllister (Mayor)

$27,493.8

$2,310.47

$29,624.27

Jim Child

$8,607.81

$1,241.50

$9,849.31

Johanna Skelton

$8,607.81

$175.36

$8,783.17

Len Cox

$8,607.81

$804.17

$9,411.98

Richard Higgins

$8,607.81

$80.21

$8,688.02

Sophie Todorov

$8,607.81

$103.50

$8,711.31

Tim Heenan

$8,607.81

$422.07

$9,029.88

Total

$96,356.28

$5,242.35

$101,598.63

 

Payments to Councillors - October to December 2020

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Allowances

Expenses

Total

Catherine Burnett-Wake 1

$7,268.81

$24.55

$7,293.36

David Eastham 1

$7,268.81

$24.55

$7,293.36

Fiona McAllister (Mayor) 1, 2

$22,892.93

$97.33

$22,990.26

Jim Child 1

$7,268.81

$147.13

$7,415.94

Johanna Skelton 1

$7,268.81

$24.55

$7,293.36

Len Cox 1

$7,268.81

$563.05

$7,831.86

Richard Higgins 1

$7,268.81

$108.74

$7,377.55

Sophie Todorov 1

$7,268.81

$53.96

$7,322.77

Tim Heenan 1

$7,268.81

$29.11

$7,297.72

Anthony Stevenson 3

-

$79.41

$79.41

Noel Cliff 3

-

$73.57

$73.57

Terry Avery 3

-

$70.66

$70.66

Total

$81,043.41

$1,296.61

$82,340.02

 

  1. Allowance payable from date Oath or Affirmation of Office was taken. For all Councillors this was 14 November 2020.
  2. Mayoral Allowance payable when elected Mayor at the Council Meeting held on 17 November 2020
  3. Did not stand or were not returned following the Council general election. Expenses claimed up to 6.00am on 24 October 2020 (election day).

 

Payments to Councillors - July to September 2020

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Allowances

Expenses

Total

Anthony Stevenson 4

$10,807.58

$195.81

$11,03.39

Terry Avery 4

$10,807.58

$437.01

$11,244.59

Noel Cliff 4

$10,807.58

$1,841.60

$12,649.18

Len Cox 4

$10,807.58

$960.81

$11,768.39

Mike Clarke 4, 5

$10,329.37

$82.16

$10,411.53

Timothy Heenan 4

$10,807.58

-$1.33

$10,806.25

Jim Child 4

$10,807.58

$467.48

$11,275.06

Fiona McAllister 4

$10,807.58

$445.64

$11,253.22

Richard Higgins (Mayor) 4

$34,520

$217.48

$34,737.48

Total

$120,504.43

$4,646.66

$125,149.09

4. Allowance paid up to 6.00am on election day on 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.