Clothing, personal donations and grooming are now classed as non-compliant and are among the expenses which will no longer be reimbursed.

Chair Commissioner Eric Lumsden said the changes to the Reimbursement of Expenses policies for Elected Members was part of a greater focus on transparency for the City of Perth.

“By justifying expenses, Elected Members are ensuring a clear nexus between expenses paid by ratepayer funds and the expected functions of an Elected Member,” Mr Lumsden said.

“Inviting stakeholders to have a say further adds to the transparent and thorough process of updating these policies.”

Phone rental, as well as child care and travel costs incurred from attending council, committee meetings or civic functions, are reimbursed under the Local Government (Administration) Act and Regulations 1996.

The scope of support to Elected Members who are also primary care givers has also been widened, and will now include Carers support, to be more inclusive of community members who support disabled and frail family members.

Information and communications technology costs of up to $3,500 will be reimbursed and expenses pertaining to interstate and overseas travel have been adjusted to reflect this.

Stakeholders were consulted through the City’s Engage Perth website, which allowed the public to provide comment on the draft policies for consideration by Commissioners.

Issued by Haydn Kruger, Media Advisor, 0427 832 942,