The Remuneration Tribunal is an independent statutory authority established under the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 (the Act). The Tribunal consists of three part-time members appointed by the Governor-General. There are currently only two members appointed to the Tribunal.
The Tribunal's annual reports are available in the Document Library.
The current Members are:
Mr John Conde AO – President - reappointed on 19 March 2013 as Member and President for a further five years from 25 June 2013. Mr Conde was originally appointed as a member of the Remuneration Tribunal on 18 June 1998. Mr Conde is Chairman of Bupa Australia Health Pty Ltd, Chairman of the McGrath Foundation and Chairman of Cooper Energy. He is Deputy Chairman of Whitehaven Coal Limited and a Director of Dexus Property Group. Mr Conde is also Chairman of the Australian Olympic Committee (NSW) Fundraising Committee. Mr Conde is also Co-Chair of the Review Committee: An Independent Parliamentary Entitlements System.
Positions previously held include Chairman of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Chairman of Destination NSW, Chairman of Ausgrid (formerly EnergyAustralia), Director of BHP Billiton and Excel Coal Limited, Managing Director of Broadcast Investment Holdings Pty Limited, Director of Lumley Corporation, President of the National Heart Foundation of Australia and member of the Sydney Children's Hospital Network Board and Dermatology Research Foundation and Council of the Sydney Medical School Foundation.
Mr Ewen Crouch AM – appointed a member on 3 September 2015 for five years. Mr Crouch is a non-executive director of Westpac Banking Corporation and BlueScope Steel Limited. Mr Crouch is Chairman of Mission Australia and a board member of Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Jawun.
Mr Crouch is one of Australia's most accomplished mergers and acquisitions (M&A) lawyers, having worked on some of Australia's most significant M&A transactions during his career as a partner at Allens from 1988 to 2013. His roles at Allens include Chairman of Partners (2009-2012), Co-Head Mergers & Acquisitions (2004-2010), Executive Partner, Asian Offices (1999-2004), and Deputy Managing Partner (1993-1996), as well as 11 years' service on that firm's board. He is now a Consultant to Allens.
Mr Crouch is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a member of the AICD's Law Committee and a member of the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia. He was a member of the Takeovers Panel from 2010-2015. Mr Crouch was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2013 Australia Day Honours.
Role of the Tribunal
The Tribunal's role is to determine, report on or provide advice about remuneration, including allowances and entitlements that are within its jurisdiction for the following:
- federal Parliamentarians, including Ministers and Parliamentary office holders
- judicial and non-judicial offices of federal courts and tribunals
- Secretaries of Departments
- full-time and part-time holders of various public offices
- Principal Executive Offices
Tribunal's Advisory Role
The Parliamentary Service Act 1999 requires the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate to consult the Tribunal about the offices of Secretaries, the Parliamentary Service Commissioner and the Parliamentary Services Merit Protection Commissioner.
Fees and allowances
The fees and allowances of Remuneration Tribunal Members are set by regulation Remuneration Tribunal (Members' Fees and Allowances) Regulations 2016 made under the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973. The latest regulation can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
Remuneration Tribunal Sitting Dates
The Remuneration Tribunal considers matters at regular intervals throughout the year. Formal meetings are convened regularly throughout the year. Submissions prepared for consideration at a meeting need to have been received no less than four weeks prior to that meeting. For urgent work the Tribunal will consider submissions out of session. For information about planned Tribunal meetings, please contact the Remuneration Tribunal Secretariat on (02) 6202 3930 or by email .
Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal
PO Box 281
CIVIC SQUARE ACT 2608
Phone: (02) 6202 3930
Fax: (02) 6204 2736