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Qld pollies get a 2.25 per cent pay rise

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016

Queensland's state politicians will receive a 2.25 per cent pay rise following a decision by the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal.

The QIRT says the new pay scale is for a three-year period, starting from September 1, 2015.

Queensland's Legislative Assembly members received a 1.73 per cent increase from September 1, 2015 which the QIRT says must be offset against the new pay scale.

It will result in back pay of more than half a per cent.

The QIRT also decided that the additional salary for the premier will be increased by 1.5 per cent each year for three years, from 1 September 2015.

The annual base salary of a Queensland politician is $151,425 (as of July 1, 2016) before taking into account the latest increase.

In its eight-page report, the QIRT stated: "The Tribunal considers it especially important that base salary levels for Queensland MPs should remain broadly consistent with representatives in other states and territories."

"At the same time, we recognise community expectations, and those of the members themselves for that matter.

"We are confident our approach will avoid the need for more significant adjustments in the forward years."

The increase is slightly less than public servants who received a 2.5 per cent pay rise over a similar period.

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