Remuneration & ExpensesI have always lobbied for more openness, transparency and accountability from our elected representatives, so I am happy to openly disclose what I earn as a councillor, and what expenses are paid for me by the city. They are as follows:
I receive a total annual allowance of $22,405 plus 9% for superannuation (before tax) for my role as a Councillor. This is the only payment I receive from the council, from which I then pay tax and pay for things such as this website, printing at home, legal and other professional independent advice, my home office, transport, etc.
Telephone & internet expenses - generally around $120 per month
Conferences, training and official visits - This varies depending on what conferences are on etc. I attended more conferences in 2011/12 due to my role as Mayor. I expect the expenses will not exceed $4,000 in 2013.
For more information, visit - www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Council/Mayor_and_Councillors/Councillor_support_and_expenses.