Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the functions of the Tribunal?
A. Under the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal Act 2013 (PDF, 601KB) the Tribunal is responsible for reviewing and deciding remuneration in connection with members and former members of the Legislative Assembly and making determinations about such matters including for example:
- base salary for members of the Legislative Assembly
- additional salary for members of the Legislative Assembly holding an Office
- allowances and entitlements to assist members to carry out their role functions and responsibilities
- allowances and entitlements for former members of the Legislative Assembly.
Q. What powers does the Tribunal have?
A. The Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal Act 2013 (PDF, 601KB) establishes the Tribunal as an independent Statutory Authority and provides it with all the power it needs to review and make determinations about the remuneration of Queensland MPs and former MPs.
Q. How is the Tribunal independent?
A. The Tribunal must operate independently in reaching its determinations. The Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal Act 2013 (PDF, 601KB) states that, in performing its functions, the Tribunal must act “independently, impartially and fairly”, and is not subject to direction or control by any entity, including any Minister. The Tribunal’s decisions (or “determinations”) are legally binding and cannot be changed.
Q. What is the effect of Tribunal decisions?
A. In accordance with the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal Act 2013 (PDF, 601KB), Tribunal decisions (or “determinations”) are final and conclusive, and cannot be challenged or appealed.
Q. What determinations has the Tribunal made?
A.The Tribunal has made determinations regarding base salary, additional salary and allowances and entitlements of members of the Legislative Assembly as well as a determination on the allowances and entitlements of former members of the Legislative Assembly.
Q. How long are Tribunal members appointed for?
A. In accordance with the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal Act 2013 (PDF, 601KB), Tribunal members are appointed for a term of three years. The current members were appointed on 16 July 2016.
Q. Are Tribunal members paid?
A. Yes, the Tribunal Members are paid on the basis of approved Remuneration of Part-Time Chairs and Members of Government Boards, Committees and Statutory Authorities (PDF, 494KB) procedures.
The Chair will receive $520 and the other members will receive $400 for each half-day meeting. Members are also entitled to receive payment for additional work time in accordance with the procedures.
Q. Is the Tribunal available for media comment?
A. All media queries should be directed to the Chair of the Tribunal through "Contact us".