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At Swan Hill Rural City Council, it is recognised that being clear about the different roles of the various parts of our local government assists us in providing good governance.

Roles of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors

At Swan Hill Rural City Council, it is recognised that being clear about the different roles of the various parts of our local government assists us in providing good governance.  Accordingly, the following definitions of roles are used:

Mayor

The Mayor is the leader of Swan Hill Rural City Council and as such is the leader of all Councillors.  The Mayor has a key role to help all Councillors participate and work together in the interests of the Swan Hill Rural City Council’s community.

Deputy Mayor

Swan Hill Rural City Council has a Deputy Mayor in order to enhance the leadership provided by the Mayor and also to ensure that Swan Hill Rural City Council can be represented by its political leadership wherever this is necessary or desirable.  The Deputy Mayor also assists the Mayor to facilitate the spirit of co-operation and inclusion between elected representatives.

Councillors

Councillors have important roles to play in helping to achieve good governance.  At Swan Hill Rural City Council Councillors work together to achieve the best outcomes for the community.  To work together effectively Councillors strive to find ways to meet the accountability they have to the constituents and their accountability to the municipality as a whole.

Support for Councillors

There is a range of support for Councillors. This includes membership to organisations such as the Municipal Association of Victoria and administrative support from Council.

Each Councillor is also supported financially including allowances and payment of expenses.

Allowances for Mayor and Councillors

Under the Local Government Act 1989 Councillors get an allowance to carry out their duties and responsibilities.

Mayoral and Councillors allowances are heavily controlled in the Act including:

  • The Minister for Local Government sets out the scale of allowances. Council decides what it may be paid within this scale.
  • There is a separate scale for large, small and medium-sized Councils.
  • A separate scale of allowances is decided for Mayors on the same basis.
  • A Mayor can only receive the Mayoral allowance (not a Councillor allowance plus a Mayoral allowance).
  • After an election, Council must decide and set allowances for the term of Council.

The Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal is required to make an annual adjustment to the values of the allowances payable to Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors set in a Determination under the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal and Improving Parliamentary Standards Act 2019.

For the period 18 December 2023 to 17 December 2024, allowances payable to Councillors are as follows:
Mayor: $105,424
Deputy Mayor: $52,713
Councillors: $32,877
The above amounts are inclusive of the Superannuation Guarantee.

Councillor Expense Reimbursement

So all community members can participate in Council, the Council has a Councillor Expense Reimbursement Policy. The policy details:

  • What type of expenses will be reimbursed to Councillors
  • Under what circumstances Councillors can claim reimbursement

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