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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . .

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In relation to non-cash remuneration entitlements, Magistrates are entitled to a fully maintained private plated vehicle, vehicle parking and associated fringe benefit tax (FBT) or a payment in lieu. The current payment in lieu values are $21,500pa for a vehicle, $2,500pa for parking and $7,000pa for FBT.

The amount of employer superannuation will depend on whether the Magistrate is an existing member of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme or the Public Sector Superannuation Scheme or a fund of choice. The employer superannuation guarantee rate is currently 9.5%. If a Magistrate contributes an employee contribution of at least 3% then the Government will contribute an additional 1%. This would make Employer contributions of 10.5% in relation to fund of choice options. This is equivalent of $35,247.66 given the current base salary of $335,692.

Magistrates appointed after 14 December 2009 are entitled to be reimbursed for the private cost of phone, mobile phone or internet to the value of $1,500 indexed by CPI (Magistrates Court Act 1930, NI2009-644). The maximum value limit for 2015-16 is $1,721.

(b) Each Magistrate has one Associate.

(c) A Magistrate's Associate is an ASO3 officer with a salary starting at $57,417pa plus superannuation (see the Enterprise Agreement at

http://www.jobs.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/646005/Administrative-Agreement.pdf).

(d) The on-costs for a Magistrates Chambers are not separately monitored or calculated. The Budget Salary Costing Model issued by Treasury sets a standard overhead cost per full time equivalent (FTE) which covers accommodation, utilities, communications and other services. For 2015-16 that amount is $16,765pa per FTE. This means the estimated recurrent on-cost for a Magistrate's Chamber is $33,530pa.

Children and young people—grandparent carers (Question No 560)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Ageing, upon notice, on 19 November 2015:

(1) How many grandparent carers are there in the ACT.

(2) What support services are currently provided to grandparent carers.

(3) What is the Government doing to (a) increase the assistance offered to grandparent carers and (b) assist grandparent carers experiencing difficulties finding playgroups for their grandchildren.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. The ACT Government does not record this data. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data, 'grandparents provide child care for almost one-third of children of working parents. In June 2014, 30 per cent of children with two working parents received care from a grandparent.'1


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