Frequently asked questions
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- Can an office holder receive TA if they have to travel from an outer suburb to a meeting location?
No - Travel usually means interstate travel. For intrastate travel to be captured, it would be expected to be of a considerable distance (possibly involving a flight). TA is only payable in relation to an overnight absence.
Applies to: Part time; Full time; Secretaries; Principal Executive offices
- What is the definition of a 'formal meeting' in relation to payment of daily fees?
The diversity of bodies within the Tribunal's jurisdiction together with the work undertaken means that a formal meeting of the body can take many guises. For this reason the Part-time Office Holder determination isn't definitive about what constitutes a 'formal meeting'.
In general a formal meeting includes all members of the body (formal apologies aside) being called to meet for a specific purpose which encompasses the main work of that body. There may also be other attendees. It would include instances where office holders remotely access the meeting (e.g. via teleconferencing or video conferencing facilities). Often there is a formal agenda with minutes recorded and a requirement for office holders to undertake some prior reading of agenda papers or other preparation.
A simple example is a scheduled meeting of a governance board or advisory committee. Depending on the body, a public hearing may also be a formal meeting for the purposes of paying a meeting day fee.
However not all meetings/gatherings will be a 'formal' meeting. Where there is a requirement for some members of the body to get together, for example, members of a subcommittee or to meet with stakeholders, this would be considered authority business. Payment for authority business is calculated in accordance with Table B2 of the Part-Time Office Holder determination.
Applies to: Part time