Queensland politicians are set to take three pay increases in the next 15 months following a ruling by the state’s independent pay tribunal.
It means that all 93 MPs will receive a 2 percent pay increase in September this year, followed by 2.25 percent in March 2022 and 2.5 percent in September 2022.
The determination of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal (QIRT) is overturning a decision taken last year to freeze pay increases for MPs for up to four years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The outlook is more positive than at the peak of the pandemic in 2020, when member salary levels were last considered by the tribunal.”
The pay increases would increase the annual base and additional salary of Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk from $ 399,955 to about $ 427,561 in September next year.
MPs haven’t had a raise in three years
In making its decision, the tribunal said that Queensland MPs have had no pay raise since September 1, 2017, and pay increases for politicians in the state have lagged behind similar jurisdictions.
The base salary for politicians in Queensland is the third lowest in the country in 2020, next to Western Australia and Tasmania.
Last year Ms Palaszczuk was the third highest paid Prime Minister in Australia, behind Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews ($441,439) and New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian ($407,980).
The MP’s pay increases are in line with pay increases for civil servants, who will receive a 2.5 percent pay increase in September this year, March 2022 and September 2022.
The pay increases for civil servants were part of a pay-freeze deal announced by the state government last year.
Salaries for full-time adult workers across all state pay plans rose 1.75 percent in September last year due to the impact of the pandemic on employment and inflation.
Last year, the Fair Work Commission Annual Wage Review raised the minimum wage by 1.75 percent.
Less than ‘our hardworking civil servants’
Ms Palaszczuk said the increases were lower than the pay increases officials would receive during the same period.
During the pandemic, Ms Palaszczuk wrote to the tribunal asking them to freeze salary increases for MPs due to widespread job losses and economic uncertainty at the time.
Treasurer Cameron Dick said the tribunal’s decision was independent of the government.
“It is an independent tribunal and I am very happy that politicians are getting a pay increase less than that of our hardworking officials,” said Dick.
Current Salaries for Queensland MPs:
- Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk — $399,955
- Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles — $351,788
- Minister of Health and House Leader Yvette D’Ath — $333,726
- ministers — $327,705
- Opposition leader David Crisafulli — $327,705
- Speaker Curtis Pitt — $303,622
- Deputy Opposition Leader David Janetski – $255,455
- deputy ministers – $243,414
- shadow ministers – $219,330
- committee chairmen – $219,330
- Committee members — $183,205
- Basic salary MPs – $159,122