This explanatory memorandum is not part of the determination, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
The Remuneration Authority issued a determination effective from 1 July 2007 to set remuneration levels for coroners from the date the Coroners Act 2006 came into force. That determination was given an expiry date of 31 December 2007 to enable the Authority to establish 1 January as the effective date for ongoing annual reviews of coroners' remuneration.
This determination, which is deemed to have come into force on 1 January 2008 and expires on 31 December 2008, provides for an increase of 4% on the remuneration set as at 1 July 2007. This increase covers general movement since 31 March 2007, and some additional recognition of rostered on-call requirements imposed by the new legislation. In addition, while recruitment and retention are not currently an issue, the rates for coroners should not be allowed to move too much out of line with remuneration levels applying in other branches of the judiciary.
This determination does not apply to people who, under section 8(d) of the District Courts Act 1947, are coroners by virtue of holding office as a District Court Judge.