The Remuneration Authority
Under the Remuneration Authority Act 1977, the Remuneration Authority is responsible, among other things, for determining and reviewing the fees for appointees to independent Crown entity boards, members of a Crown agent or autonomous Crown entity that is a corporation sole, Judges, and members of the House of Representatives. The role of the Remuneration Authority in setting remuneration is set out in Cabinet Office circular CO (11) 7.
The Authority is made up of a chair and two members appointed by the Governor-General, and supported by an executive officer. When a replacement person is being recruited for a chair, deputy chair or other unique board position (i.e. not a generic board member or body position as these do not require reviewing when a replacement member is being recruited) or when a new or other unique role is being established, a senior manager in the relevant department needs to contact the Authority with the position description and timeframe for the proposed appointment. The Authority will provide the department with an indicative fee range that can be used when discussing the position with interested people.
When the person has been appointed to the position, the department needs to send a copy of the signed notice of appointment and appointment letter to the Authority. The Authority will then issue the final fee determination to the entity or other body.
The Authority reviews fees each financial year. Any fee increases resulting from the review may be backdated to the beginning of the relevant financial year. A chair can make submissions to the Authority for a review of any of the board fees. The Authority will determine the priority of any such request.
To contact the Authority:
Phone: 04-499 3068, Fax: 04-499 3065