ACT politicians and senior civil servants have received their first pay rise since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Prime Minister Andrew Barr’s pay rising to $ 360,202.
The ACT Remuneration Tribunal has given a wage increase of 1.8 per cent, slightly above the Australian wage increase this year.
The increase means Mr Barr’s salary will increase by $ 6,369 a year, while ACT Service Manager Kathy Leigh will now be paid $ 388,391 a year.
Bagbenchers in the Legislative Assembly are paid $ 171,525 a year, while Deputy Prime Minister Yvette Berry takes $ 308,745 home, and opposition leader Elizabeth Lee receives $ 291,592.
City Renewal Authority CEO Malcolm Snow and Suburban Landy Agency CEO John Dietz will be paid $ 334,142.
Auditor General Michael Harris will now be paid $ 317,704, Electoral Commissioner Damian Cantwell will be paid $ 232,322, while Legislative Representative Tom Duncan will be paid $ 243,322.
The ACT government’s statement had said the board should consider society’s expectations when assessing salary levels for politicians, statutory officials and public service leaders.
“The broader ACT economy continues to experience the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the Government’s view that any increase in remuneration, allowances or improvement of other rights for office holders in the Tribunal’s jurisdiction must be minimal to meet society’s expectations,” it said. in the post.
The board said in its decision on the salaries of politicians that it had considered the need for ACT to offer competitive and reasonable salaries, allowances and rights to members of the Legislative Assembly.
“The Court placed great emphasis on society’s standards and expectations, in particular as regards the continuing uncertainty about the circumstances currently facing the territory in the recent outbreak of COVID-19 Delta variant across the country,” the board said.
The court froze wage levels in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Politicians got a pay rise of 2.5 percent in 2019, and senior civil servants got a bump of 4.7 percent.
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