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Judicial salaries and entitlements

The Judicial Entitlements Act 2015 commenced on 1 January 2016. The Judicial Entitlements Act consolidated legislative provisions relating to judicial salaries and entitlements into a single piece of legislation. Before the commencement of the Judicial Entitlements Act, these provisions were scattered across 8 different pieces of legislation.

The Judicial Entitlements Act is available at Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents (external link)

Under section 37 of the Judicial Entitlements Act, the Attorney-General must establish and maintain an electronic register containing specified documents relating to judicial entitlements.

The Judicial Entitlements Act also establishes a 3 member Judicial Entitlements Panel, which replaced the Judicial Remuneration Tribunal. The main functions of the Judicial Entitlement Panel include:

  • to make own motion recommendations to the Attorney-General in relation to leave entitlements, accrued leave, allowances and benefits provided for judicial officers. Own motion recommendations do not examine salaries, pensions or superannuation of judicial officers; and
  • when requested by the Attorney-General, to provide advisory opinions in relation to entitlements and any matter relating to terms and conditions of judicial officers, judicial registrars and non-judicial members of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). These can include salaries, pensions, superannuation and any restrictions applying to these officers.

This page maintains an electronic record of documents relating to judicial entitlements, as required by section 37 of the Judicial Entitlements Act.

Salary certificates

Under section 10 of the Judicial Entitlements Act, the Attorney-General must issue a salary certificate specifying the salaries of judicial officers and reserve judicial officers as soon as practicable after any adjustment. These certificates are published in this register.

Three certificates have been issued under this section:

  • Section 10 JE Act Certificate 21 April 2016
  • Section 10 JE Act Certificate 8 April 2017
  • Section 10 JE Act Certificate 19 October 2017.

The salaries of Victorian judicial officers are set out in the following table:

  Judicial Office Salary effective 17 October 2017
Salaries of judicial officers
0 Supreme Court Judge $449,840
1 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court $507,689
2 President of the Court of Appeal $479,709
3 Judge of Appeal $464,775
4 Associate Judge of the Supreme Court who is the Senior Master $400,358
5 Registrar of the Court of Appeal other than when that office is or was held by a Judicial Registrar of the Supreme Court $400,358
6 Associate Judge of the Supreme Court other than an Associate Judge referred to in item 4, 5, or 7 of this table $380,790
7 Associate Judge of the Supreme Court who is or was a Specialist Supreme Court Master $362,121
8 Chief Judge $449,840
9 Judge of the County Court other than the Chief Judge $389,741
10 Associate Judge of Master of the County Court $380,790
11 Chief Magistrate $389,741
12 Deputy Chief Magistrate $331,307
13 Deputy State Coroner $331,307
14 Magistrate other than the Chief Magistrate or a Deputy Chief Magistrate $311,694
Sessional rates of reserve judicial officers per sitting day
a

Reserve Judge of the Supreme Court who:

  • was the Chief Justice, the President of the Court of Appeal or a Judge of Appeal immediately before the Judge's commission ceased under section 77(4)(a), (b), (c), (d) or (e) of the Constitution Act 1975; or
  • is engaged under section 81B of that Act to undertake the duties of a Judge of Appeal.
$1,978
b Reserve Judge of the Supreme Court (other than a Reserve Judge of the Supreme Court described in item (a) above) $1,914
c

Reserve Associate Judge of the Supreme Court who:

  • was the Senior Master immediately before the person retired or resigned; or
  • is engaged under section 105D of the Supreme Court Act 1986 to undertake the duties of the Senior Master.
$1,704
d Reserve Associate Judge of the Supreme Court (other than a Reserve Associate Judge of the Supreme Court described in item (c) above) $1,620
e Reserve Judge of the County Court $1,658
f Reserve Associate Judge of the County Court $1,620
g Reserve Magistrate $1,326
h Reserve Coroner $1,326

Entitlement certificates

After receiving an own motion recommendation from the Judicial Entitlements Panel, the Attorney-General must issue an entitlement certificate if the Attorney-General accepts the recommendation or varies or accepts part of the recommendation. These certificates set out the entitlements of judicial officers.

The following table summarises each of the entitlement certificates currently in operation, either in full or in part, including those issued under the Judicial Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995 that are taken to be entitlement certificates under the Judicial Entitlements Act 2015.

Certificate Entitlements specified in certificate
Section 15 JRT Certificate 28 March 2000 Specifies the entitlements of business class interstate travel for the partner of a Supreme Court or County Court judge.
Section 15 JRT Certificate 19 July 2007

Specifies various entitlements of judicial officers, including:

  • travel entitlements, circuit travel allowance, telephone entitlements, mileage reimbursement and leave entitlements for judges, associate judges and magistrates;
  • coordinator allowance for senior magistrates;
  • car entitlements for judges; and
  • pro rata entitlements for reserve judges.
Section 15 JRT Certificate 14 February 2008 Specifies car allowance for magistrates.
Section 15 JRT Certificate 24 February 2012

Specifies various entitlements of judicial officers, including:

  • living away from home allowance and relocation expenses reimbursement for magistrates;
  • annual leave entitlement of Chief Magistrate; and
  • sabbatical leave entitlements of Supreme and County Court judges.
Section 15 JRT Certificate 13 June 2014 Specifies long service leave entitlement of the Chief Magistrate.
Section 15 JRT Certificate 30 June 2014 Recognises prior service and accrued entitlements for long service/sabbatical leave for judicial officers, and sets out the process of recognition.
Section 35 JE Act Certificate 8 January 2018

Specifies the entitlement of judicial officers to a health assessment.

Amends the entitlement to long service leave for associate judges of the Supreme and County Courts, and magistrates, which was previously allowed by Section 15 JRT Certificate 19 July 2007.

Clarifies the entitlement to annual leave for reserve judges, reserve associate judges, and reserve magistrates, who are engaged on a non-sessional basis.

Request of the Attorney-General for a Judicial Entitlements Panel advisory opinion

An advisory opinion of the Judicial Entitlements Panel must be initiated through a written request of the Attorney-General. Any request made by the Attorney-General will be published in this register.

To date, the Attorney-General has not made a request to the Judicial Entitlements Panel.

Report of a Judicial Entitlements Panel advisory opinion laid before each House of the Parliament

Subject to personal or confidential information considerations, the Attorney-General is required to cause a copy of the report of an advisory opinion to be laid before each House of Parliament within 10 sitting days after the Attorney-General receives the report. These reports will be published in this Register.

To date, the Judicial Entitlements Panel has not produced a report of an advisory opinion.

Report of an own motion recommendation laid before each House of the Parliament

Subject to personal or confidential information considerations, the Attorney-General is required to cause a copy of the report of an own motion recommendation to be laid before each House of Parliament within 10 sitting days after the Attorney-General receives the report. These reports will be published in this Register.

The first Judicial Entitlements Panel own motion recommendation report was tabled in Parliament on 9 November 2016.

Recommendation statements laid before each House of the Parliament

The Attorney-General is required to cause a statement to be laid before each House of Parliament in relation to any own motion recommendation, setting out whether the Attorney-General intends to accept, vary or reject the recommendation. These statements will be published in this register.

The first recommendation statement was tabled in Parliament on 21 March 2017.

Written statement of reasons provided to the Attorney-General

Section 30 of the Judicial Entitlements Act provides that, when making an own motion recommendation or an advisory opinion, the Judicial Entitlements Panel can invite submissions from specified people.

Section 32(3)(b) provides that, if the Judicial Entitlements Panel decides not to make an own motion recommendation, or give an advisory opinion after inviting submissions under section 30, it is required to give its reasons for not doing so in a written statement or report to the Attorney-General. These statements will be published in this register.

Previous Judicial Remuneration Tribunal (JRT) Reports and government responses

The JRT established under the Judicial Remuneration Tribunal Act, as the predecessor of the Judicial Entitlements Panel, published reports in relation to judicial entitlements. These include:

  • 2007 Judicial Remuneration Tribunal Report
  • 2010 Judicial Remuneration Tribunal Report.

The government provided formal responses to the above reports and issued certificates under section 15 of the Judicial Remuneration Tribunal Act. As some of these certificates are in force today, either in part or in full, the JRT Reports and government responses are included in this register as references.

Remuneration and terms and conditions of non-judicial VCAT members

The remuneration and terms and conditions of non-judicial VCAT members are set out in the Governor in Council order, dated 21 October 2014. The Governor in Council order is included in this Register as a reference.

The current remuneration of non-judicial VCAT members is set out in the following table:

Non-judicial VCAT members Salary with effect from 17 October 2017
Deputy President $355,392
Senior Member $284,276
Senior Member (daily sessional rate) $1,210
Ordinary Member $248,999
Ordinary Member – Presiding (daily sessional rate) $1,169
Ordinary Member – Non-presiding (daily sessional rate) $1,057

 


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Author: Department of Justice and Regulation
Publisher: Department of Justice and Regulation
Date of Publication: 2017
Copyright: State of Victoria, 2017.

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