Synod in Past Years
6/01 Stipends, Allowances and Benefits
(A report from the Standing Committee.)
1. The Stipends and Allowances Committee (the "Committee") is appointed by the Synod each year and reports to the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee is directed by resolution 8/81 to report to the Synod all recommendations made by the Committee and the action taken.
2. The re-appointment of the Committee is recommended for 2003, the present members being -
3. During the year Archdeacon D D Nicolios, Deaconess M A Rodgers and Mr R S Dredge resigned from the Committee. The Committee gives thanks to God for their valuable contribution and many years of faithful service. There is currently one vacancy on the Committee.
4. The circular to ministers and churchwardens entitled "Stipends, Allowances and Benefits" (the "Stipends Circular") is published in September or October each year and provides details of the stipends, allowances and benefits for ministers, assistant ministers and lay ministers in the next calendar year.
5. Stipends are reviewed annually on the recommendation of the Committee. The minimum stipends for 2002 are -
6. The minimum stipend for a minister continues to be based on 80% of the male average weekly ordinary time earnings in New South Wales as published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Committee considers that the male average weekly ordinary time earnings remains the most appropriate indicator by which stipends are revised. The wage cost index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics continues to be monitored as a possible future indicator for the setting of stipends.
7. Under these arrangements a minister may sacrifice up to 30% of their stipend to be paid into a ministerial expense account ("MEA"). Certain expenditure can be reimbursed to the minister from the MEA. Benefits received in this way are exempt from fringe benefits tax and income tax.
8. Contributions on account of superannuation for ministers and assistant ministers are provided by the recoveries of parish ministry/property expenses through the Synod Appropriations Ordinance. Superannuation for lay ministers is a separate charge. The annual contributions for 2002 are -
A fixed component of $7,457 per annum to cover depreciation, registration, insurance etc plus a reimbursement at the rate of $145 for every 1,000 kilometres travelled by the person concerned on behalf of the church or organisation which he or she serves.
10. Travel benefits may be provided through a ministerial expense account in lieu of a travel allowance in accordance with the guidelines published in the Stipends Circular.
11. The recommended rates for clergy who take occasional services in 2002 are -
12. The following guidelines also apply in relation to remuneration for occasional services -
13. The recommended daily rate for remuneration of acting ministers and locum tenens is $130 for 2002. In addition, an adequate amount to reimburse for travelling costs must be paid.
14. The Standing Committee has approved the following principles which apply for part-time workers who are remunerated for their services -
15. The recommended assistance for student ministers for 2002 is -
16. The following guidelines also apply in relation to the remuneration of student ministers -
For and on behalf of the Stipends and Allowances Committee
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