Chapter 3: Remuneration for Members of Boards and Other Bodies

Sections in this Chapter: 

Members do not set their own fees, remuneration and allowances. Fees for boards and other bodies are set using the following mechanisms:


Type of board of body covered

Cabinet Fees Framework


(discussed below)

  • Crown agents and autonomous Crown entities excluding corporations sole (District Health Boards are Crown agents)
  • Subsidiary bodies of Crown agents, autonomous Crown entities and independent Crown entities
  • Bodies and committees set up to advise Crown entities (this includes sub-committees of independent Crown entities)
  • Tertiary Education Institutions
  • Trust boards
  • Bodies and committees set up to advise departments
  • Bodies and committees set up to advise Ministers, including Ministerial inquiries and taskforces
  • Royal commissions
  • Commissions of Inquiry
  • Statutory tribunals and authorities
  • Statutory bodies not covered by the Remuneration Authority
  • Lay members of Courts
  • Self-funded bodies where a Minister appoints some or all the members

Remuneration Authority


(discussed below)

  • Independent Crown entities
  • Corporations sole who are a Crown agent or an autonomous Crown entity
  • the Judiciary
  • Local authorities (note: these appointments are not covered by these guidelines)

Other mechanisms


(not covered in this advice)

  • School boards of trustees (set by the Minister of Education, refer to the Ministry of Education)
  • Crown entity companies (including Crown Research Institutes and their subsidiaries and State-owned Enterprises and their subsidiaries (These are governed by a separate methodology approved by Cabinet. Refer to the Crown Ownership Monitoring Unit))
  • Boards and bodies whose legislation sets fees and allowances using other mechanisms
  • Trans-Tasman bodies (consultation with the Minister of State Services is required to agree on the best mechanism)

None of these mechanisms cover individual consultancies. Such consultancies involve contractors appointed by a body in which the Crown has an interest under a contract for services for a specific project. A consultant has no ownership or governance role on a board or body.



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