About the allowance review

Mayors and councillors are entitled to receive an allowance while performing their duties as an elected official. Pursuant to section 39 of the Local Government Act 2020 (LGA 2020), allowances for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors are provided in accordance with a Determination of the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal under the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal and Improving Parliamentary Standards Act 2019.

Despite the repeal of the allowance provisions under the Local Government Act 1989 (LGA 1989), those sections of the Local Government Act 1989 continue to apply in respect of allowances until such time as the first Determination is made by the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal. This is in line with section 74 of the Local Government Act 1989.

Accordingly, Council is required to review and determine the level of mayoral and councillor allowances within the period of 6 months after a general election or by the next 30 June, whichever is later.

At its meeting on 18 May 2021 Hepburn Shire Council resolved to endorse, in principle, the setting of the Mayoral and Councillor allowances at the top level 1 category which is:

  • Mayoral Allowance - $62,884
  • Councillor Allowance - $21,049
  • Plus, an additional 9.5% of the above allowances is payable as an equivalent of the Commonwealth Superannuation Guarantee.

Read the Council Meeting paper (Word document or pdf) from Tuesday 18 May 2021 for more information.

A person has a right to make a submission under section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 in respect of a review of allowances.

Make a submission

Council is inviting written submissions under section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 and want your views on the Mayoral and Councillor Allowances for Hepburn Shire Council.

Council will consider all written submissions, and invite those who wish to speak to their written submission to attend the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 22 June 2021, which you can attend in person to connect to virtually to make a verbal submission. Only those who request in their written submission to make a verbal submission will be permitted to do so at the meeting.

Submissions will be accepted until 5.00pm on Tuesday 15 June.

Council proposes to hold a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 29 June 2021 to determine and adopt the Mayoral and Councillor Allowances for Hepburn Shire Council.

Options for making a submission include:

  • Complete your submission via this webpage - see below
  • Post your submission to the Manager Governance and Risk, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21, Daylesford VIC 3460; or
  • Email your submission to shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au.

The timeframes and when Council will hear submissions and then determine and adopt allowances are below:

Stage

Date

Endorse allowances in principle for public consultation

Tuesday 18 May 2021

Public notice of submissions

Wednesday 19 May 2021

Close of submissions

Tuesday 15 June 2021

Hearing of submissions

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Council to determine and adopt allowances

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Allowances come into effect from the date of adoption

Tentatively Tuesday 29 June 2021