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 April 2010, increases the rate of the annuity payable to a former Governor-General.
The yearly rate of the annuity is increased from $12,400 to $12,772 from 1 April 2010 and to $13,348 from 1 April 2011.
This determination continues the past practice of adjusting the annuities consistent with general cost of living movements.
The rate of the annuity is now the same regardless of whether the former Governor-General held office for a total period of less than 2 complete years or for a total period of 2 complete years or more. However, in the latter case, the Governor-General Act 2010 caps the duration of the annuity at 5 years.
Section 9 of the Governor-General Act 2010 provides that if a former Governor-General dies, the surviving spouse or partner is to be paid an annuity at half of the yearly rate that would have been payable if the person had not died.
Section 8(4) of the Governor-General Act 2010 provides that the annuity is payable from the date that is 6 months after the date on which the person ceased to hold office as Governor-General.
This determination expires on 31 March 2012.