Review of Mayoral and Councillor allowances

Council is seeking community feedback on its proposal to retain the annual allowances for the Mayor and Councillors at the maximum limit set for a Category 2 Council, being:

  • Mayoral Allowance – $81,204
  • Councillor Allowance – $26,245

Mayors and Councillors are entitled to receive an allowance while performing their duty as an elected official under section 39 of the Local Government Act 2020. Councils are divided into three categories based on the income and population of each Council and the Minister for Local Government sets the upper and lower levels for allowances paid to Councillors for each of the categories. Nillumbik Shire is a Category 2 Council and the Minister for Local Government approved Mayoral and Councillor allowances, effective 1 December 2019, of $10,914 - $26,245 for Councillors per annum and up to $81,204 for the Mayor per annum.

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

Allowance levels are subject to annual automatic adjustments that are announced in the Victoria Government Gazette by the Minister for Local Government. Mayoral and Councillor allowances are also subject to the addition of the equivalent of the Superannuation Guarantee Charge (9.5%).

Councils are required to provide opportunity for community feedback on the proposed allowances in accordance with S223 of the Local Government Act 1989. Submissions close 5pm, Sunday 30 May.

There are a few ways to provide feedback.

Submissions can be made by typing below, uploading a written submission or addressed to the

Finance Manager, PO Box 476, Greensborough 3088 and must be received by 5pm on Sunday 30 May 2021.

Any person who has made a written submission may request to be heard in support of the submission and will be entitled to appear before the Planning and Consultation Committee meeting on 8 June 2021 or by a person acting on their behalf.

Click here to register to speak at the Planning and Consultation Committee meeting.

Nillumbik Shire Council is collecting your personal information for the purpose of facilitating effective community engagement in relation to the proposed level of mayoral and councillor allowances.

The full content of a personal submission including any name/s is a public record and may be made available for public inspection and included in Council business papers. Contact information will be redacted. Names will not be redacted unless anonymity is expressly requested and confidentiality granted to a submission.

The full content of a submission made on behalf of an organisation in relation to the proposed level of mayoral and councillor allowances, including the name of the organisation is a public record and may be made available for public inspection and included in Council business papers.

Not providing the mandatory information will mean that your submission cannot be accepted.

You have the right to access and correct your personal information. Enquiries for access should be made to the Privacy Officer 9433 3271, privacy@nillumbik.vic.gov.au or PO Box 476, Greensborough Vic 3088.