This memorandum is not part of the determination, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This determination, which is deemed to have come into force on 1 January 2011 and expires on 31 December 2011, sets the salaries and superannuation rights of coroners.
The Remuneration Authority’s first remuneration determination for coroners came into force on 1 July 2007. On that date, those sections of the Coroners Act 2006 that gave remuneration-setting responsibility for coroners to the Remuneration Authority (the Authority) came into force. That determination set an initial salary rate of $200,000 for coroners.
The salary of coroners was increased to $208,000 with effect from 1 January 2008. The Authority held coroners’ remuneration at the same level from 1 January 2009, and increased the salary of coroners to $216,000 with effect from 1 January 2010.
The Authority is required by the Remuneration Authority Act 1977 to be fair to those whose remuneration is being determined and to the taxpayer, and to achieve fair relativity with remuneration being achieved elsewhere.
However, the Authority is also constrained by the reality of the economic and fiscal climate, and the requirement of section 18A of the Remuneration Authority Act 1977. That section requires the Authority to take into account prevailing adverse economic conditions when making a remuneration determination, and permits the Authority to determine remuneration at a rate lower than it would otherwise have determined.
The sequencing of determinations for coroners and other judicial officers in 2009 resulted in the remuneration of coroners, but not other judicial officers, remaining at 2008 levels until 1 January 2010. It is against that background that the current determination has been made.
The Authority also seeks to maintain a fair relativity between the remuneration of coroners and other judicial officers. The Authority presently intends conducting or facilitating a review of the relativities between members of the judiciary, judicial officers, and areas of the legal profession before next year’s determination.
This determination introduces a higher level of salary for relief coroners. This recognises that relief coroners are not entitled to a superannuation subsidy but do have most of the responsibilities of permanent coroners and carry out similar duties.