Freedom of Information

The Tribunal is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982, (the Act) and, as such, submissions made to the Tribunal may be accessed under the Act.

Where you believe that access to the information or documents would:

  • be an unreasonable disclosure of your or others personal information
  • adversely affect your or others business affairs
  • would breach confidentiality

you should clearly mark those parts of the documents at the time of delivery so that the Tribunal can take this into account when requests for access are made under the Act.

Appearances before the Tribunal

Submissions should indicate whether an appearance before the Tribunal is sought.  The Tribunal may request an appearance, but usually this is not the case.  

Confidentiality

The Tribunal treats submissions in the strictest confidence. The Tribunal Secretariat should be advised when a matter has yet to be fully considered by the Government and/or if it has not been publicly announced.

Those making submissions should be aware that the Remuneration Tribunal is bound by the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

For FOI requests Email: FOI@remtribunal.gov.au

FOI Disclosure Log (pdf 112kb)

Information Publication Scheme

The Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal) is an authority subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and is required to comply with the Information Publication Scheme (IPS) requirements set down in that Act by making a broad range of information available, where possible, online.

The following information is provided in accordance with the Tribunal's IPS obligations:

INFORMATION WE ARE REQUIRED TO PUBLISH

Agency Plan (312kb) (s.8(2)(a) of the FOI Act) 

The Agency Plan describes how the Tribunal implements and administers the IPS in respect of its own information holdings.

Who We Are (s.8(2)(b) and 8(2)(d))

The Tribunal is an independent statutory authority established by s.4 of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 (the RT Act).  It consists of three part-time members, including a President, appointed by the Governor-General.

Information about the Tribunal members can be found at http://www.remtribunal.gov.au/about-us.

The Tribunal is supported by a Secretariat staffed by employees of the Australian Public Service Commission based in Canberra.

What We Do (s.8(2)(c) and 8(2)(j))

The Tribunal's role is to determine, report on, review or provide advice about remuneration, including allowances and entitlements that are within its jurisdiction, for the following:

  • federal Parliamentarians, including Ministers and Parliamentary office holders;
  • judicial and non-judicial offices of federal courts and tribunals;
  • Secretaries of Departments;
  • full-time and part-time holders of various public offices;
  • Specified Statutory Offices; and
  • Principal Executive Offices.

Our Reports and Responses to Parliament (s.8(2)(e) and 8(2)(h))

The Tribunal is required, under s 12AA of the RT Act, to table annual reports on its operations in the Australian Parliament.  Past reports (dating from 2005-06) can be found at the Annual Reports section of the website. 

Routinely Requested Information and FOI Disclosure Log (ss 8(2)(g) and 11C)

The Tribunal is required to publish an FOI Disclosure Log on its website.  The FOI Disclosure Log

lists information which has been released in response to FOI access requests since 1 May 2011.

Consultation Arrangements (s.8(2)(f))

The Tribunal does not deal with specific policy proposals requiring consultation with the general public.

The Tribunal does, however, receive and consider solicited and unsolicited submissions from individuals (including office holders and Ministers) and organisations concerning remuneration and related matters for public office holders. 

Contact us (s.8(2)(i))

For information relating to the Tribunal's IPS or FOI administration please contact the Secretariat:

The Secretary

Remuneration Tribunal Secretariat

PO Box 281

Civic Square ACT 2608

Secretariat enquiry line: (02) 6202 3930

Facsimile: (02) 6204 2736

Email: enquiry@remtribunal.gov.au  or, for FOI enquiries, FOI@remtribunal.gov.au

OTHER INFORMATION

Our Submissions

The Tribunal's submissions to the Committee for the Review of Parliamentary Entitlements can be found here (hyperlink to Dec 2009 submission) and here (hyperlink to Feb 2010 submission).

The Tribunal's submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Executive Remuneration can be found here (hyperlink).

Our Publications

The Document Library section of the Tribunal's website at Document library includes copies of the Tribunal's Determinations, statements, and reports.