SCRAP Ex­ec­u­tive Bonuses - Bar­nett

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By TOM RABE

PREMIER Colin Bar­nett has crit­i­cised lo­cal gov­ern­ments for of­fer­ing a bonus scheme to se­nior staff, say­ing chief ex­ec­u­tives are paid well enough.

Mr Bar­nett’s com­ments came as four of Perth’s lo­cal gov­ern­ments con­firmed they of­fer bonuses to chief ex­ec­u­tives. One of th­ese was the City of Stir­ling, which paid its chief ex­ec­u­tive $18,066 in the last fi­nan­cial year.

The Premier said although bonus pay­ments were common in the pri­vate sec­tor, he did not see the rea­son for of­fer­ing them in the pub­lic ser­vice.

“While bonus pay­ments are a common fea­ture of ex­ec­u­tive re­mu­ner­a­tion in the pri­vate sec­tor, they have very lit­tle rel­e­vance to, or ap­pli­ca­tion in, the pub­lic sec­tor,” he said.

“Gen­er­ally, I don’t think bonuses are ap­pro­pri­ate in ar­eas of pub­lic ser­vice, in­clud­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment.”

City of Stir­ling act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Ed Herne said the City used the bonus scheme to at­tract and re­tain qual­ity em­ploy­ees.

“The skills and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties re­quired for ex­ec­u­tive and top man­age­ment po­si­tions are con­sid­er­able, and the num­ber of peo­ple who can fill th­ese roles is limited,” Mr Herne said.

Clare­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Steven Goode said the scheme was based on per­for­mance and recog­nised achieve­ment of a set of re­quire­ments.

Town of Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said there was no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for pay­ing chief ex­ec­u­tives a bonus.

“As far as I’m con­cerned, our chief ex­ec­u­tive and all chief ex­ec­u­tives are more than ad­e­quately paid, in­clud­ing all the add-on ben­e­fits they re­ceive and there is ab­so­lutely no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for pay­ing them a bonus as well,” Cr Nor­ris said.

“Un­for­tu­nately there are some coun­cils which think that pay­ing a bonus im­proves per­for­mance. I just don’t share that op­ti­mism.”

The towns of Clare­mont and Vic­to­ria Park and City of Wanneroo also of­fer bonuses.

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