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Councillor remuneration

Councillor allowances

Mayors 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 exception to this is the Melbourne City Council and Greater Geelong City Council whose allowances are separately fixed.

Councils are required to review allowance levels by 30 June in the year following a general election and the allowance level determined remains in effect for the full term of the council.

Allowances levels are subject to annual automatic adjustments that are announced in the Victoria Government Gazette by the Minister for Local Government. A Council can only undertake a further review of its allowance level during its term if:

  • the limits set by the Government for any of the categories are changed;
  • a council's category status was changed after an annual assessment found extraordinary movements in its population and revenue figures; or
  • a council makes a successful submission to a Local Government Panel to have its category changed on the basis of an exceptional circumstances case.

Councillor allowance categories

Councils are divided into three categories based on the income and population of each Council. 

The Minister for Local Government has approved an adjustment factor increase of 2.5% to the below Mayoral and Councillor allowances, effective 1 December 2016, under section 73B(4) of the Local Government Act 1989.  

Category 1

Category 2

Category 3

Current Range:

Councillors $8,324-$19,834

Mayor up to $59,257

Current Range:

Councillors $10,284-$24,730

Mayor up to $76,521

Current Range:

Councillors $12,367-$29,630

Mayor up to $94,641

Alpine Shire Council

Ararat Rural City Council

Benalla Rural City Council

Borough of Queenscliffe

Buloke Shire Council

Central Goldfields Shire Council

Gannawarra Shire Council

Golden Plains Shire Council

Hepburn Shire Council

Hindmarsh Shire Council

Indigo Shire Council

Loddon Shire Council

Mansfield Shire Council

Mount Alexander Shire Council

Murrindindi Shire Council

Northern Grampians Shire Council

Pyrenees Shire Council

Southern Grampians Shire Council

Strathbogie Shire Council

Towong Shire Council

West Wimmera Shire Council

Yarriambiack Shire Council

Bass Coast Shire Council

Baw Baw Shire Council

Bayside City Council


Campaspe Shire Council

Cardinia Shire Council

Colac Otway Shire Council

Corangamite Shire Council

East Gippsland Shire Council

Glenelg Shire Council

Greater Shepparton City Council

Hobsons Bay City Council

Horsham Rural City Council 

Latrobe City Council

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Manningham City Council

Maribyrnong City Council

Maroondah City Council

Mildura Rural City Council

Mitchell Shire Council

Moira Shire Council

Moorabool Shire Council

Moyne Shire Council

Nillumbik Shire Council

South Gippsland Shire Council

Surf Coast Shire Council

Swan Hill Rural City Council

Wangaratta Rural City Council

Warrnambool City Council

Wellington Shire Council

Wodonga City Council

Yarra City Council

Ballarat City Council

Banyule City Council

Boroondara City Council

Brimbank City Council

Casey City Council

Darebin City Council

Glen Eira City Council

Frankston City Council

Greater Bendigo City Council

Greater Dandenong City Council

Hume City Council

Kingston City Council

Knox City Council

Melton Shire Council

Monash City Council

Moreland City Council

Moonee Valley City Council

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Port Phillip City Council

Stonnington City Council

Whitehorse City Council

Whittlesea City Council

Wyndham City Council

Yarra Ranges Shire Council


City of Melbourne and Greater Geelong City Council

The allowances of Melbourne City Council and Greater Geelong City Council are fixed by Order in Council and are annually adjusted in the same way as other councils. Current annual allowances are:

Melbourne City Council Greater Geelong City Council

Lord Mayor/Mayor

Deputy Lord Mayor/Mayor

Councillors

$189,284

$94,641

$44,444

$179,820

$56,296

Applicable range for Category 3 Councils

Superannuation Guarantee

Mayoral and councillor allowances are also subject to the addition of the equivalent of the superannuation guarantee (9.5%).

Expenses

Councillors are entitled to be reimbursed for any necessary out-of-pocket expenses they incur while performing their duties as a councillor.  Councils are also required to adopt and maintain a policy in relation to the reimbursement of councillor expenses.

Councils are also required to publish in their annual report the details of the expenses paid to councillors. There is a special provision in relation to travel that entitles a councillor who is travelling more than 50 kilometres from home for official duties to be paid an extra $40 for each day of their travel.