Mayoral & Councillor Allowances Review
Section 74 of the Local Government Act 1989 (the Act) provides that a Council must review and determine the level of the Councillor and Mayoral allowances within the period of 6 months after a general election or by the next 30 June, whichever is later.
Ararat Rural City Council at its meeting held on 20 April 2021 set the Councillor and Mayoral Allowances for the next four years at the maximum levels for a Category 1 Council. The maximum allowances are currently $21,049 for Councillors and $62,884 for the Mayor.
An amount equivalent to the superannuation guarantee contribution under Commonwealth taxations legislation (currently 9.5%) is payable in addition to the allowance amounts.
Pursuant to section 39 of the Local Government Act 2020, these allowances will be subject to any determination made by the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal under the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal and Improving Parliamentary Stardards Act 2019.