The City of Greater Dandenong is divided into four wards. Each ward is has two or three Councillors who are elected every four years by the community. The City of Greater Dandenong has 11 Councillors whose role is to represent the interests of residents and ratepayers. The Mayor is elected each year by the Councillors.
Section 74 of the Local Government Act 1989 (LGA) stipulates that Council must pay allowances to the Mayor and Councillors not exceeding the limit set by an Order in Council for the purposes of the Act. Each Councillor receives the same allowance and all allowances are set pro rata per annum as follows:
Allowance as at 1 December 2016
Councillor allowance: $29,630
Mayoral allowance: $94,641
A amount equivalent to the superannuation guarantee of 9.5% under Commonwealth taxation legislation is also paid in addition to these allowances.