Councillor Expenses

The Local Government (Planning and Reporting) Regulations 2014 Part 4—Annual Report, Division 1 requires Council to report annually regarding Councillor expenses. 

The expenses are set out in the following categories: 

Travel expenses – includes any taxi fares, public transport costs, remote travel allowance and reimbursement for kilometres travelled in their private vehicles associated with Council related travel. 

Childcare expenses – includes any Childcare costs associated with enabling Councillors to undertake their Councillor role. 

Information & Communication expenses – includes capital costs, monthly fees and usage costs associated with Councillor mobile phones and Information Technology equipment or software. This does not include any personal use; this is reimbursed by Councillors. 

Conference & Training expenses – includes any registration fees, travel, accommodation and incidental costs associated with attendance or participation in conferences or professional development programs related to Councillors performing their Councillor role. 

Other expenses – includes any subscriptions, uniform, name badges, business cards and other incidental expenditure related to Councillors performing their Councillor role. 

Car expenses – the Mayor is provided with a Council Fleet vehicle. This outlines the expenditure related to this vehicle. This vehicle is made available to all of the Councillors if they require. 

The following is a summary of the Councillor related expenses for the 2015/16 financial year:

For this financial year a breakdown of costs by individual Councillors is not available.

  Travel Expenses Childcare Expenses Information & Communications Expenses Conference & Training Expenses  Other Expenses
Councillors  $18,582.29 $ - $5,654.75 $3,237.69 $2,242.09

Car expenses - $9,774.00 total for the financial year.

The following is a summary of the Councillor related expenses for the 2016/17 financial year:

For this financial year a breakdown of costs by individual Councillors is not available.

Travel Expenses Childcare Expenses Information & Communications Expenses Conference & Training Expenses Other Expenses
Councillors $28,195.40 $ - $8,499.14 $29,086.16 $1,153.88

Car expenses - $7,920.00 total for the financial year.  

The following is a summary of the Councillor related expenses for the 2017/18 financial year:

Travel Expenses Childcare Expenses Information & Communications Expenses Conference & Training Expenses Other Expenses
Cr Ashe $- $ - $1,448.09 $495.00 $13.96
Cr Bisset $55.45 $ - $1,448.12 $7,983.18 $13.96
Cr Bowles  $711.54 $ - $1,448.08 $1,050.00 $13.96
Cr Dunscombe $6,586.81 $ - $1,448.08 $1050.00 $13.96
Cr Lording $8,489.14 $ - $1,477.36 $277.27 $13.96
Cr McAulay $7,644.79 $ - $1448.08 $50.00 $13.96
Cr Rae $ - $ - $1,461.98 $50.00 $13.96

Car expenses - $11,077.00 total for the financial year.

For the 2018/19 financial year and onwards Councillor Expenses will be reported in the Council's Annual Report.