Tribunal expects to make ruling on pay next week

THE tribunal responsible for setting councillors' salaries says it expects to determine their pay early next week.

The Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal sets salaries for all councillors in Queensland except Brisbane.

Councillors' pay was raised this week after Queensland's Members of Parliament agreed to accept a controversial 41% pay rise.

Ipswich City Council says councillors' pay is not linked to MPs' salaries and the tribunal uses a reference rate to calculate what they are paid each year.

But in its 2012 report, the tribunal said: "The reference rate of $140,578 is a rate determined by the tribunal and is related to, but not dependent on, the annual base salary payable to Members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly."

A tribunal spokesman said: "Sections 245 and 246 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 require the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal to prepare a new remuneration schedule after a movement in the salary levels paid to members of the Legislative Assembly, which reflects the percentage movement in the salary of MLAs as well as the operative date.

"The tribunal has requested details of the Government's decision only announced by press release on Monday, so it can comply with its legislative obligations," he said.

"The tribunal expects to be in a position to release a new remuneration schedule early next week."



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