The Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal must establish categories of local governments to enable it to decide the remuneration that is to be paid to mayors and other councillors in each category of local government (section 241, Local Government Regulation 2012).
The tribunal must consider the following criteria in establishing the local government categories (section 242, Local Government Regulation 2012):
- size of the local government area
- geographical and environmental terrain of the local government area
- population of the local government area including:
- spread of population serviced by the local government
- extent of the services the local government provides
The tribunal may also consider other factors that it considers relevant to the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the local government, such as:
- diversity of communities in the local government area, including cultural diversity
- extent of development in the local government area, including economic and community development, level of infrastructure and industry
- councillor workload, taking into account the size of each division (for a divided council) or local government area (for an undivided council) and whether councillors hold office on a full-time or part-time basis
The tribunal must review local government categories once during each local government four-year term. The review must be completed before 1 December of the year before the next local government election (section 243, Local Government Regulation 2012).
Tribunal report on local government categories and remuneration
When the tribunal makes a decision about remuneration, it must prepare a remuneration schedule and publish it in the Queensland Government Gazette. The tribunal must also prepare a report about the schedule and give a copy of the report and the schedule to the Minister for Local Government.