The total wage bill for Manningham CEO and four executives had increased by $119,796, from $1,106,771 at June 2013 to $1,226,567 effective as at the 30th of June 2015. This was equal to an increase on total wages of nearly 11% in the space of two years!  A reliable source within Council expects this year’s annual report to reveal a further rise of 4.7% in the current financial year.

Officers Salaries 2013 Click to enlarge

Exec Officers Wages 2013
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Exec Officers Wages 2014 Click to enlarge

Exec Officers Wages 2014
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Exec Officers Wages 2015
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Executives have

the ability to salary sacrifice for employer superannuation, motor vehicle and Fringe Benefits Tax exempt benefits, five weeks annual leave and accrued Long Service Leave. The CEO has the same benefits except for a motor vehicle.

T.Dominik head planner click to enlarge

T.Dominik Planning

Total spent on staff, including the chief executive Joe Carbone and eight councillor’s salaries, for the 2014-15 year is expected to total $46 million, compared to $44.5 million in 2013-14. This is expected to top $50.3 million by 2017-18, the Manningham Council 2014-15 budget shows.

Not bad if you can get it especially when the increase in the minimum basic wage was only 2.5%



Manningham Councillors Click to enlarge

Manningham Councillors
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In 2014/2015, the allowances, including 9.50 per cent superannuation, were set at: — Mayor, $78,485 — Councillors, $25,365. There is an annual budget for Councillor expenses of $9,685 per Councillor and $11,840 for the Mayor. This budget is all inclusive and covers conferences, training, travel, child minding, telephones, etc. and Councillors are expected to operate within their individual budget. Council may also reimburse Councillors for any necessary out of pocket expenses they incur while performing their duties as a Councillor. The table below shows the budgeted and actual expenses for 2014/2015. 2013/2014 2014/2015 Budget $88,260 $89,320 Actual $56,099 $85,835 Council also publishes its travel register on its website in July each year showing interstate and overseas travel undertaken by Councillors and Council officers.



  1. Gawler says:

    Some positions were changed or shared with employees outside the five which is why some officers received lower increases. CEO Joe Carbone and the officer for planning and Environment Teresa Dominik had their salaries increased by approximately 9.6% and 11.5% respectively over the two years ending 30/6/15.
    The wage bill for employees outside the five executives who shared responsibility were not included in the annual reports.

  2. David W says:

    I think its wrong that council should be publishing it’s executive’s wages in their annual report. We met Teresa Dominik not long after she was promoted to the head of planning. Her predecessor had left one hell of a mess behind him which meant she has had to clean it up and start from scratch putting her under tremendous pressure. The recent decision at Vcat has been a huge setback for her and the planning department and may require the development plan to be changed. We found the woman to be courteous and helpful to us but you could sense that she was under great strain with her sort of “nervy” rapid fire way of speaking.

  3. Kitty says:

    The car supplied is worth about $14,000 plus running costs registration etc…so they are being well looked after. The downside is they do not have long term contracts which helps to keep them on the ball.

  4. Alarming says:

    I was staggered to learn that Manningham Council does not have a climate change officer. I have not seen any Wind Turbines or Solar Panels that were supposed to be part of Manningham’s clean energy policy, particularly on these high rise apartment towers that were part of its “Green Hill” strategy.
    High rise apartment blocks, it turns out, are the biggest energy guzzlers in the residential market. But they are falling through the cracks when it comes to energy and water efficiency incentive schemes. It is something that local councils are acutely aware of while state and federal government appear to be turning a blind eye.
    According to a Energy Australia study, high rise apartments uses 30 per cent more power than a typical detached house. Much of this is in the common areas such in lifts, foyers and car parks where lights are often inefficient and are left on night and day.

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