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Members Allowances

The Jurisprudential Expense Allowance
The Education Expense Allowance

 

The Jurisprudential Expense Allowance

In 1988, the independent Salaries and Allowances Tribunal established by Parliament introduced an allowance, called the Jurisprudential Expense Allowance, to enable Judges “to familiarise themselves with current developments in jurisprudence and judicial practice in a rapidly changing world without the pressure of the normal workload”. The Tribunal considered that “some part of the expenses of such ongoing familiarisation program should be met by the State”. In 1993, the Tribunal determined that the Jurisprudential Expense Allowance should be included in salary. That meant that a Judge could elect to take the allowance as salary. Otherwise, the Judge’s salary is reduced by the amount of the allowance. As the Allowance is in the nature of a salary sacrifice, it is not correct to view it as "taxpayer's money".

In 2003, the Tribunal replaced the Vice President’s entitlement to an Education and Conference Allowance with an entitlement to a Jurisprudential Expense Allowance.

In 2007 the Judicial Remuneration Act 2007 was passed by Parliament and now provides for the salaries and allowances for judicial officers, including members of the Industrial Court and Commission, replacing the role of the former Salaries and Allowances Tribunal.

The Allowance is only payable for expenses actually incurred for the purposes of the allowance. These expenses may include the travel costs of the Vice President’s spouse.

Drawings on the Jurisprudential Allowance are administered by the Industrial Registrar.

The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2003 was $17,020.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2004 was $17,020.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2005 was $18,470.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2006 was $19,780.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2007 was $20,650.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2008 was $21,536.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2009 was $22,462.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2010 was $23,483.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2011 was $25,186.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2012 was $27,122.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2013 was $27,773.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2014 was $27,773.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2015 was $27,773.00.
The annual Jurisprudential Expense Allowance for the Vice President from 1 July, 2016 was $28,329.00.

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Education & Conference Expense Allowance

In 1997 the independent Salaries and Allowances Tribunal, established by Parliament, granted an allowance to enable Industrial Commissioners “in the performance of their duties to have an opportunity to travel from time to time to conferences and for educational purposes”. The Tribunal determined that Industrial Commissioners “will be permitted to accrue the allowance, provided that upon retirement from the Commission, any entitlements will not be able to be monetarily claimed by Commissioners”. All entitlements to this allowance cease upon departure from the Commission.

In 2002 the Tribunal extended this allowance to Deputy Presidents of the Commission when such positions were established.

Educational activities, attendance at conferences and related travel is undertaken pursuant to the Education & Conference Expense Allowance granted by the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal. Activities funded by this Allowance are carried out whilst the Member is on authorised leave or in the Member's own time.

In 2007 the Judicial Remuneration Act 2007 was passed by Parliament and now provides for the salaries and allowances for judicial officers, including members of the Industrial Court and Commission, replacing the role of the former Salaries and Allowances Tribunal.

The various allowances are only payable for expenses actually incurred for the purposes of the allowance. Expenses from the Education & Conference Expense Allowance do not include the travel costs of a Member’s spouse or partner.

Expenditure of the allowance for a particular conference or educational purpose is approved by the Vice President. Drawings on allowances are administered by the Industrial Registrar.

The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2003 was $9,000.00.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2004 was $12,000.00.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2005 was $12,384.00.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2006 was $12,695.00.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2007 was $12,695.00.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2008 was $13,228.00.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2009 was $13,797.00.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2010 was $14,425.00.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2011 was $15,935.28.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2012 was $16,413.49.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2013 was $16,807.45.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2014 was $16,807.45.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2015 was $16,807.45.
The annual Education & Conference Allowance for Deputy Presidents and Commissioners from 1 July, 2016 was $17,143.97.

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Last updated August 11, 2016

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