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 2012, increases the rate of the annuity payable to a former Governor-General.
The yearly rate of the annuity is increased from $13,348 to $13,616 from 1 April 2012.
This determination continues the past practice of adjusting the annuities consistent with general cost of living movements.
The rate of the annuity is 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 (the Act) caps the duration of the annuity at 5 years.
Section 9 of the Act 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 Act 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 2013.