Campbell Newman... leading Queensland in politicians' pays.
Campbell Newman... leading Queensland in politicians' pays. Kari Bourne

Qld councillor pay hikes a fraction of those of MPs

THE divide in pay rates between Queensland councillors and MPs is expected to grow with increases in pays for councillors from July far less than those recently awarded to MPs.

While many state MPs recently scored pay increases of more than 20%, increases for councillors started at a more modest 4.5%.

As of late last year, pay increases of councillors are no longer linked to that of state MPs.

Instead, they are set by the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal, according to the size of the council.

An independent tribunal also set the pay rates of MPs, which included a $67,525 rise for Premier Campbell Newman, taking his pay to $379,160.

The increases awarded included more than $3 million in backpay.

The pay rates for Queensland mayors range from $95,488 for smaller councillors through to more than $220,000 for the largest councils like the Gold Coast.

Councillor pay rates range from $47,444 for the smallest councils to more than $135,000 for the largest council.

There are nine categories for councils but no councils are included in the first two categories.

The new pay rates for Queensland councillors, which don't include other allowances, come in on July 1 this year.

The issue of MPs' pay continues to be raised by readers, and in a recent column on the Queensland's need to cut spending.

But in his response, Treasurer Tim Nicholls dodged the issue completely.





Mayor $95,488
Deputy Mayor $55,089
Councillor $47,744

Aurukun Shire Council
Balonne Shire Council
Banana Shire Council
Barcaldine Regional Council
Barcoo Shire Council
Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
Boulia Shire Council
Bulloo Shire Council
Burdekin Shire Council
Burke Shire Council
Carpentaria Shire Council
Charters Towers Regional Council
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council
Cloncurry Shire Council
Cook Shire Council
Croydon Shire Council
Diamantina Shire Council
Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
Douglas Shire Council
Etheridge Shire Council
Flinders Shire Council
Goondiwindi Regional Council
Hinchinbrook Shire Council
Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council
Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council
Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council
Longreach Regional Council
Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council
Mareeba Shire Council
McKinlay Shire Council
Mornington Shire Council
Murweh Shire Council
Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council
North Burnett Regional Council
Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council
Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council
Paroo Shire Council
Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor
Quilpie Shire Council Deputy Mayor
Richmond Shire Council Councillor
Torres Shire Council
Torres Strait Island Regional Council
Winton Shire Council
Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council
Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council
Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council

Category 4 
Mayor $117,523
Deputy Mayor $73,452
Councillor  $62,434

Cassowary Coast Regional Council
Central Highlands Regional Council
Gympie Regional Council Councillor
Isaac Regional Council
Livingstone Shire Council
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Maranoa Regional Council
Mount Isa City Council
Noosa Shire Council
Scenic Rim Regional Council
Somerset Regional Council
South Burnett Regional Council
Southern Downs Regional Council
Tablelands Regional Council
Whitsunday Regional Council

Category 5
Mayor $139,559
Deputy mayor  $91,815
Councillor $80,797

Bundaberg Regional Council
Fraser Coast Regional Council
Gladstone Regional Council
Western Downs Regional Council

Category 6
Mayor $161,594
Deputy Mayor $110,178
Councillor 65 $95,488

Cairns Regional Council
Mackay Regional Council
Redland City Council
Rockhampton Regional Council
Toowoomba Regional Council
Townsville City Council

Category 7
Mayor  $183,630
Deputy mayor $124,868
Councillor $110,178

Ipswich City Council
Logan City Council

Category 8
Mayor  $205,666
Deputy Mayor $142,497
Councillor  $124,868

Moreton Bay Regional Council
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Category 9
Mayor $227,701
Deputy Mayor  $157,922
Councillor $135,886

Gold Coast City Council

Source: Local Government Remuneration and Discipline  Tribunal Report