Document

28 Sept 2007

2007 Public Office Holders Report

 

REPORT and DETERMINATION

under

SECTION 13

of the

STATUTORY AND OTHER OFFICES

 

REMUNERATION ACT, 1975

 

PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDER GROUP

 

28 September 2007

 

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PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS GROUP

 

Section 1 Background

 

1.Section 13 of the Statutory and Other Offices Remuneration Act 1975, (the Act), requires the Statutory and Other Offices Remuneration Tribunal to make a determination of the remuneration to be paid to office holders on and from 1 October in that year. "Remuneration" is defined in section 10A as salary or allowances paid in money.

 

2.The Public Office Holders Group comprises those public offices, listed in the Schedules of the Act (except for the Judges Magistrates and Related Group), which have been grouped together by the Tribunal for remuneration purposes. The remuneration for this Group is determined as a fixed salary amount. Employer on costs such as Superannuation Guarantee Levy are, unlike the Senior Executive Service, are additional to the salary amount determined. The Government considers that there should be no direct nexus with the remuneration of the Judges Magistrates and Related Group. The Tribunal has supported this position in past Determinations.

 

3.The Tribunal’s Report and Determination of 2006 provided a general increase of 4% to the Public Office Holders Group. Since then the Tribunal has made special determinations on the remuneration payable to the Clerk of the Parliaments, the Deputy Clerk of the Parliaments and the Councillors of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.

 

4.During the year the Tribunal made two determinations pursuant to sections 11A and 11B of the Act. In one case the new Deputy Clerk of the Parliaments elected to forego an entitlement to a private plated motor vehicle and instead to obtain a vehicle under normal salary sacrifice arrangements. Consistent with the Tribunal’s previous determinations when such elections take place, the remuneration of the Deputy Clerk has been increased to compensate for the loss of an employer provided motor vehicle. The Reports and Determinations were published in the Government Gazette and are also available on the Tribunal’s website.

 

5.The Tribunal also made a special determination on the salary payable to the new Councillors of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council arising from their increased role and responsibilities, particularly under amendments made in 2001 and 2006 to their legislation. The Report outlining the matters considered by the Tribunal and the Determination were published in the Government Gazette and are also available on the Tribunal’s website.

 

6.The Tribunal has also removed the Office of Chairperson of the Aboriginal Housing Office from Annexure A as the office is now filled on a part time basis

 

Section 2 Submissions Received

 

Government Submission

 

7.The Government has asked the Tribunal to consider a number of factors, including the key national economic indicators and salary movements across the NSW public sector. Particular emphasis is given to the Government’s wages policy as articulated in the Economic and Financial Statement of February 2006.

 

8.The Government submission recommends an increase of 2.5% which is consistent with the Government’s wages policy.

 

Mental Health Review Tribunal

 

9.The President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal has requested that the Tribunal review the salary payable to the President and Deputy Presidents.

 

Section 3 2007 Tribunal Review

 

10.As with the SES, the Tribunal has had regard to the 2007 award increases for the major public sector employment groups which on average have delivered increases of 4 percent. The Tribunal, however, has noted that these increases are the last provided for under previously negotiated awards. The Tribunal has also noted that the Government has placed great importance on its wages policy in the upcoming wage negotiations and on its commitment to providing general increases not greater than 2.5 percent as a means of maintaining the value of gains in remuneration. The Tribunal supports this approach and on this occasion will provide a general increase for this Group of 2.5 percent.

 

11.As with the SES Determination, the Tribunal’s determination takes effect from 1 October 2007 and is in effect until 30 September 2008. During this period the Government may reach agreement with public sector groups regarding future wage increases. The Tribunal will, therefore, monitor closely the results of any concluded award agreements and, should they provide for increases beyond 2.5 percent per annum the Tribunal will, pursuant to Section 14 of the Act, write to the Premier and seek a special reference to review remuneration levels for the Public Office Holder Group.

 

Mental Health Review Tribunal

 

12.The President’s submission points to legislative changes arising from the new Mental Health Act 2007 (not yet proclaimed) which will place additional administrative workload on the President and full time Deputy Presidents. In addition there is currently a review of the forensic provisions of the Mental Health Act and the Mental Health (Criminal Procedure) Act 1990 which may impose significant additional responsibilities on the President and full time Deputy Presidents.

 

13.It is expected that the role and responsibilities of the President and Deputy Presidents will change as a result of the legislative amendments. It is understood that the President has already undertaken a number of reviews both in respect to the administration of the Tribunal and the forensic aspects of the Tribunal role. These reviews and recommendations are currently awaiting Government consideration.

 

14.As the legislative amendments have yet to be proclaimed it is not possible to estimate the full impact on the roles and responsibilities of these office holders. In addition, the Government has not yet made a decision in regard to the recommendations made in the President’s review. For these reasons, the Tribunal will defer its review of this matter until such time as the roles and responsibilities of these offices can be more clearly assessed. As changes are expected to be implemented prior to the 2008 annual review the Tribunal is prepared undertake a special reference in regard to this matter.

 

Section 4 Conclusion

 

15.Having regard to the above and after considering the views of the Assessors, the Tribunal considers that an increase of 2.5 percent would be appropriate and so determines.

 

16.Pursuant to Section 13 of the Statutory and Other Offices Remuneration Act 1975, as amended, the Tribunal determines that the remuneration to be paid to office holders on and from 1 October 2007 shall be as specified in Annexure A.

 

The Statutory and Other Offices

 

Remuneration Tribunal

 

 

 

Helen Wright

 

Dated: 28 September 2007

 

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ANNEXURE A

 

DETERMINATION OF THE REMUNERATION OF THE PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS GROUP ON AND FROM 1 OCTOBER 2007

 

Salary  $ per annum

 

Commissioner Police Integrity Commission  375, 195

 

Ombudsman  365,045

 

President, Mental Health Review Tribunal  240,735

 

Chairperson, Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal  240,735

 

President, Guardianship Tribunal  235,710

 

Deputy Chairperson Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal  222,650

 

Deputy Chairperson, Law Reform Commission  221,045

 

Deputy President Administrative Decisions Tribunal  211,990

 

Deputy President Mental Health Review Tribunal  211,410

 

Registrar Workers Compensation Commission  206,385

 

Clerk of the Legislative Assembly  206,385

 

Clerk of the Parliaments  206,385

 

Senior Chairperson (Government and Related Employees Appeals Tribunal) - not being a judicial office holder. 203,285

 

 

Commissioner, Law Reform Commission  198,500

 

Deputy President, Guardianship Tribunal  184,415

 

Senior Member, Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal  181,720

 

Deputy Clerk, Legislative Assembly  177,170

 

Deputy Clerk, Legislative Council  177,170

 

Chairman, Transport Appeals Board  169,095

 

Chairman, Local Land Boards  169,095

 

Registrar, Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983  163,675

 

 

ANNEXURE A (CONT'D)

 

DETERMINATION OF THE REMUNERATION OF THE PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS GROUP ON AND FROM 1 OCTOBER 2007

 

 

 Salary  $ per annum

 

 

Chairperson, Government and Related Employees Appeals Tribunal who is legally qualified (not being the holder of a judicial office or a magisterial office)  156,610

 

 

Member, Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal 156,610

 

Assessor (Civil Claims)   156,610

 

Chairperson, Government and Related Employees Appeals Tribunal (not being the holder of a judicial office or a magisterial office)  147,870

 

Member of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council 109,025  (Note 2)

 

Note 2

 The Chairperson shall receive an allowance of 10% (ie. a total of $119,930 per annum) and the Secretary and Treasurer shall receive an allowance of 5% (ie. a total of $114,475 per annum).

 

 

Assessor Civil Claims (daily rate)  $650 per day

 

 

LEAVE LOADING

 

An annual leave loading shall be payable on the same terms and conditions as are applicable to officers and employees of the Public Service of New South Wales, as set out in Section 6-17.12 to 6-17.17 of the Premier’s Department Personnel Handbook, to each of the office holders listed above who are provided, as a condition of their employment with approved annual leave.

 

 

The Statutory and Other Offices

 

Remuneration Tribunal

 

 

Helen Wright

 

Dated: 28 September 2007

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