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Explanatory Statement Assembly Members and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and Other Entitlements) Bill 2015 (Serial 115)



Explanatory Statement Assembly Members and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and Other Entitlements) Bill 2015 (Serial 115)

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Tabled Papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




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prescribed office Currently defined in section 3A(6) of the Act which will be repealed by the Bill. The new definition references the power of Tribunal to determine the offices entitled to additional salary. New definition: means an office that is determined under section 3A(1)(b) to be an office in respect of which additional salary of office is to be paid. Clause 4. Sections 3 and 3A - Basic salary and additional salary of office. The existing sections 3 and 3A are repealed to remove the link between NTPS salaries and MLA salaries. New section 3 provides that an Assembly member is entitled to be paid salary for being a member, and is also entitled to be paid additional salary for holding or occupying an office prescribed by the Remuneration Tribunal. New section 3A sets out the Tribunals powers in relation to salaries. The new sub-sections provide as follows: (1) The Tribunal must inquire into and determine basic salary and additional salary of office upon a request from the Administrator. (2) A request may be for one specific inquiry or for inquiries at specified intervals e.g. an annual inquiry. (3) The Tribunal is required to take into account a range of matters when conducting an inquiry and making a determination e.g. nature of MLA functions, CPI changes using the Darwin index (note there is no NT-wide CPI index), NT Public Sector wage policies, parliamentary salaries in other jurisdictions, and any other matter. This is a governance type provision to ensure that the Tribunal is obliged to take into account pertinent information in setting MLA salaries, that is, so the Tribunals power is not unfettered. 3|Page

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