Welcome to LARS.
Local Authorities Remuneration Survey

The authority on salaries for the third tier of government in Australia.

LARS was established in early 1990 and has maintained its position as a leading provider of information for setting remuneration policy in Local Government. The survey includes data from all States and a wide range of Council sizes: 150 different types of Council job are examined.

The survey is conducted each year in May and November and is entirely online: online for both data collection and providing survey results. On conclusion of each survey update a Report is published giving a comprehensive salary package analysis for each job surveyed. These analyses include a breakdown of salary level by Council size and by State. Salary and CPI movements and forecasts and other pertinent economic data are also reported.

The survey is both position description matched and job evaluated, and results are provided on this basis.

As well as the twice-yearly survey Reports that are published online via the internet, contributors of data to the survey receive a customised analysis for each job for which they provide survey data. Data collection for the survey is also online via a secure password protected system.

Council's can obtain the survey results either as subscribing participants in the survey, or by purchasing the results directly.

1. Participation in the Survey.

Participation in the survey is by annual subscription and covers the two surveys updates within the participation period. Updates are published every six months, in May and November.

Participation in the survey requires that the Council contribute data on a selection of jobs. All participants receive a customised report - a Contributor Report - comparing the jobs for which they provided data with the equivalent jobs in the survey.

Three levels of participation are offered, to cater for differing levels of participant information requirements. These Levels provide as follows:

Level A.

Level A represents the most economical and convenient way for Councils to obtain comprehensive salary comparisons based on one of Australia's largest databases of Council salaries.

Level A participants receive a position description matched Contributor Report following each six-monthly survey update. This Report shows for each job submitted by the participant a comparison salary with the corresponding survey job across all Councils in the survey. A comparison is also given with Councils of similar size as the participant.

Level A participants use the NRC internet-based survey Data Management system. This secure, and strictly controlled password protected system allows the participant to review their survey data at any time.

The annual subscription for Level A participation in the survey depends on the Council's total annual operating expenditure budget, as follows:

LARS Subscription - Level A Participation
Council Annual Operating Expenditure Budget Annual Subscription ($)
Subscription GST Total
Up to $10 million
over $10m to $25m
over $25m to $50m
over $50m to $75m
over $75m to $100m
over $100m
380
460
550
700
820
980
38
46
55
70
82
98
418
506
605
770
902
1,078

A complete, working demonstration of Level A

Shows survey data collection routine, and comparisons with survey results.

Level B

In addition to the features of Level A, Level B participants receive the comprehensive, online Survey Report covering all jobs surveyed.

This option provides unparalleled value for Councils that want a comprehensive view of where their salaries stand relative to all other Councils on a job description matched basis.

The annual subscription for Level B participation in the survey is as follows:

LARS Subscription - Level B Participation
Council Annual Operating Expenditure Budget Annual Subscription ($)
Subscription GST Total
Up to $10 million
over $10m to $25m
over $25m to $50m
over $50m to $75m
over $75m to $100m
over $100m to $150m
over $150m
1,250
1,500
2,000
2,500
2,750
3,000
3,250
125
150
200
250
275
300
325
1,375
1,650
2,200
2,750
3,025
3,300
3,575

A complete, working demonstration of Level B

Shows survey data collection routine, full survey results, and comparisons for your jobs with survey results.

Participation at Levels A and B are on a position description matching basis. Levels C1 and C2 are both position description matching and job evaluated. Levels C1 and C2 include use of the powerful Jobscore job evaluation system.

Level C1

In addition to the features of Level B, Level C1 includes the online Jobscore job evaluation.

The Level C1 Contributor Report includes charts showing the participant's overall position relative to the survey on a job evaluated basis. Compa-ratio analyses are included to aid in the establishment of performance-based salary review budgets.

Training in the use and application of Jobscore in included in the Level C1 subscription.

This is the most cost effective option available in the market today for Councils that include job evaluation as part of their human resource management process.

The annual subscription for Level C1 participation is as follows:

LARS Subscription - Level C1 Participation
Council Annual Operating Expenditure Budget Annual Subscription ($)
Subscription GST Total
Up to $25 million
over $25m to $50m
over $50m to $75m
over $75m to $100m
over $100m to $150m
over $150m
2,000
2,250
2,750
3,000
3,500
3,800
200
225
275
300
350
380
2,200
2,475
3,025
3,300
3,850
4,180

A complete, working demonstration of Level C1

Shows survey data collection routine, Jobscore job evaluation system, full survey results, and tabular and graphical comparisons for your jobs with survey results.

Level C2

Level C2 includes all the features of C1 with the addition of job evaluated comparisons with the NRC all-industries database.

The annual subscription for Level C2 participation is as follows:

LARS Subscription - Level C2 Participation
Council Annual Operating Expenditure Budget Annual Subscription ($)
Subscription GST Total
Up to $25 million
over $25m to $50m
over $50m to $75m
over $75m to $100m
over $100m to $150m
over $150m
2,250
2,500
3,000
3,250
3,750
4,000
225
250
300
325
375
400
2,475
2,750
3,300
3,575
4,125
4,400

A complete, working demonstration of Level C2

Shows:
  • Survey data collection routine.
  • Jobscore job evaluation system.
  • Full Local Government survey results.
  • Tabular and graphical comparisons for your jobs with LG survey results.
  • Tabular comparisons for your jobs with all-industies data.
  • 2. Non-Survey Participants.

    Councils that do not participate in the survey can purchase access to individual online survey Reports. The price per Report is based on the Council's total number of full-time equivalent employees, as follows:

    FTE's Price per Report (including GST)
    Up to 30 $1,575
    Over 30 up to 60 $1,950
    Over 60 up to 150 $2,300
    Over 150 up to 325 $3,150
    Over 325 up to 500 $4,000
    Over 500 up to 650 $4,350
    Over 650 up to 1,000 $4,950
    Over 1,000 $5,550

    Councils that contribute data to the survey on a regular basis receive a very large discount off the above prices. See above subscription schedules.

    Reports may only be purchased by Local Government Authorities (Councils).*

    All order should be made on an official Council document, indicating the number of FTE's in their Council (for billing purposes), and the officer to whom details regarding access to the online Report should be sent. Access codes are sent under strictly private and confidential cover, accompanied by our account.

    Send orders to: National Remuneration Centre, GPO Box 5455, Melbourne, Victoria 3001.
    Alternatively, e-mail nrc@natrem.com.au
    See Contact Us.

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    * The National Remuneration Centre reserves the right not to sell.
     
    A disclaimer in the Reports states as follows:
    The National Remuneration Centre cannot guarantee the accuracy of the data provided in this Report. In good faith, we have checked and processed all information supplied to us and are confident that the data reported are current at the time of processing.