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If a local government considers that exceptional circumstances justify that a councillor be paid an amount of remuneration different from the level determined for its category, it may make a submission to the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal for approval to vary the amount of remuneration that the councillor may be paid (section 248, Local Government Regulation 2012).

All submissions received by the tribunal and the tribunal's decision in relation to each submission are registered online. View submissions register.

Making a submission

A local government is the only entity that can make a submission seeking approval to vary the amount of remuneration that may be made to a councillor (section 248 (1) and (2)).

The tribunal has determined that any submission should:

  • include a copy of the council resolution
  • cite the relevant section of the Local Government Regulation
  • name the councillor or councillors for whom the local government is seeking to vary remuneration
  • advise whether the councillor or councillors represent a specific division and, if so, provide relevant details about the division
  • outline the responsibilities of the councillor or councillors for whom the local government is seeking to vary remuneration
  • outline the exceptional circumstances that warrant a remuneration variation.

The submission should be sent by mail or email to The Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal.

Tribunal assessment of submissions

The tribunal advises the local government in writing as to whether or not it has approved the payment of a different level of remuneration to a councillor or councillors.

If approved, the tribunal will:

  • advise the council of the date the new remuneration rate is to take effect
  • publish details of its decision online and in its remuneration report to the Minister for Local Government

If not approved, the tribunal will:

  • advise the council of its decision, outlining its reasons
  • publish details of its decision online