Does the Australian Prime Minister pay tax on his parliamentary salary?

The Prime Minister speaking from the Despatch Box in the House of Representatives. Other members are sitting behind him.

The former Prime Minister speaking from the Despatch Box in the House of Representatives.

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The former Prime Minister speaking from the Despatch Box in the House of Representatives.

The Prime Minister speaking from the Despatch Box in the House of Representatives. Other members are sitting behind him.

David Foote/DPS Auspic

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The former Prime Minister stands and speaks at a box with a microphone in the House of Representatives. There are books on the table in front of him and people sitting on green benches in the background.

Thanks for the question Michelle. The Prime Minister’s salary—and the salary of all members of parliament—are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. The Remuneration Tribunal is an independent committee charged by the Australian Parliament to investigate and make recommendations on parliamentary salaries.

Australian law requires everyone who has an income to pay tax, unless they have an exemption. There is no exemption for the role of prime minister, so they must pay income tax.