This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order, which comes into force on 1 August 2011, fixes the rate at which the Governor-General's allowance for official expenses is payable at $30,000 per annum. It is the first order to be made fixing the rate of the Governor-General's allowance under section 6 of the Governor-General Act 2010. That Act repealed and replaced all provisions concerning the office of the Governor-General, including those concerning funding arrangements for the Governor-General, previously set out in the Civil List Act 1979.
The funding arrangements under the Civil List Act 1979 included payment of a tax-exempt allowance. This was for the purpose of meeting the costs of the Governor-General's programme, in addition to personal costs arising from the position.
Under section 6 of the Governor-General Act 2010, the Governor-General continues to receive a tax-exempt allowance. However, the purpose of the new allowance is confined to meeting expenses incurred by the Governor-General personally in undertaking the duties of office, such as clothing, grooming, and other personal costs associated with the office. It does not extend to programme costs, which are now separately funded.
The order revokes the Governor-General (Allowance) Order 2011 with effect from the close of 23 August 2011, which is when the incumbent Governor-General's term of office ends. The incumbent Governor-General's allowance is not paid under section 6.