Frequently asked questions

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What are the factors typically considered when deciding whether to refer a non-statutory office or appointment into the Tribunal’s jurisdiction?

Factors that might be considered include:

  • the desirability of having remuneration determined by an experienced, independent authority;
  • whether the office will be established for a short or a long time; and
  • the significance of the role and responsibilities of the office.

Applies to: Part time; Full time; Principal Executive offices




Is the Tribunal involved in the appointment of office holders?

No. The Tribunal determines or advises on remuneration for a public office. Questions on appointment procedures for offices considered by Cabinet should be referred to the Cabinet Secretariat in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.


Applies to: Part time; Full time; Principal Executive offices


What information needs to be included in a remuneration submission for an office?

Comprehensive Submission Guidelines are available on the Tribunal’s website.

The guidelines identify the information and data that the Tribunal expects to be included in a submission. Please note that the Tribunal also expects the submission to include an indication of support from the responsible Minister. If it doesn’t, the Tribunal will likely write to the relevant Minister seeking his or her views on the remuneration for the office.

You may also contact the Tribunal’s Secretariat for advice on your particular submission.


Applies to: Part time; Full time; Principal Executive offices

Can we make a submission to the Tribunal before the legislation establishing an office has received Royal Assent?

Yes. The Tribunal may agree to provide indicative advice on remuneration pending passage of the legislation. Once the legislation has passed, the relevant Department should advise the Tribunal’s Secretariat of that fact and of any amendments to the legislation during its passage. The Tribunal will then issue a formal determination.


Applies to: Part time; Full time; Principal Executive offices