Part Two - 2.1 Salary

2.1 Salary

Salary (both base salary1 and additional salary) is paid to Shadow Ministers by the House Departments.

Additional salary for a Shadow Minister is calculated in accordance with the rates in the table below, determined by the Remuneration Tribunal effective on and from 8 December 2016.2

A Shadow Minister who is also an Opposition Office Holder does not receive any additional salary beyond that which he or she receives as an Opposition Office Holder. The Remuneration Tribunal has determined that the following rules apply in calculating the number of Shadow Ministers to receive additional salary and at what rate:

  • the maximum number of Shadow Ministers that may receive additional salary at the rate of 25% is equal to the number of Ministers of Cabinet rank minus the number of Opposition Office Holders who receive additional parliamentary office holder salary of more than 25% of base salary
  • the maximum number of Shadow Ministers that may receive additional salary at the rate of 20% of base salary is equal to the number of Ministers specified in section 4(b) of the Ministers of State Act 1952 (currently 30) minus the number of Shadow Ministers who receive additional salary of 25% of base salary and minus the number of Opposition Office Holders who receive additional salary of more than 25%.

The Leader of the Opposition is to provide advice in writing to the paying authority in each House of Parliament as to which individual Shadow Ministers are to be paid in accordance with the above rules.

Additional Salary for Shadow Ministers

Office Additional salary as a percentage of the base salary paid to all Senators and Members
Shadow Cabinet Minister 25%
Other Shadow Minister 20%

 

Footnotes

1  Further information on the base salary of Senators and Members and the Electorate Allowance is available at Senators and Members’ handbook.

2  Clauses 1.2, 3.1 and Table 1 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2016/16: Members of Parliament - Base Salary, Additional Salary for Parliamentary Office Holders, and Related Matters.