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This instrument revokes the Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04 - Members of Parliament - Entitlements and the determinations that amended it.
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Made 29 Jun 2017
Registered 29 Jun 2017
Tabled HR 08 Aug 2017
Tabled Senate 08 Aug 2017
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REMUNERATION TRIBUNAL

 

Determination 2017/13

Members of Parliament – Entitlements

 

This Determination sets out various entitlements and other related matters for members of parliament.

 

Contents:

PART 1 – GENERAL.. 1

PART 2 – ELECTORATE ALLOWANCE.. 3

PART 3 – TRAVEL ENTITLEMENTS.. 4

PART 4 – CAR TRANSPORT.. 9

PART 5 - PRIVATE VEHICLE ALLOWANCE.. 12

PART 6 - PROVISION OF VEHICLE.. 13

PART 7 - TRANSPORT IN LARGE ELECTORATES.. 14

PART 8 - PARLIAMENTARY RETIREMENT TRAVEL.. 16

PART 9 - SEVERANCE BENEFITS.. 17

PART 10 – OFFICE FACILITIES.. 18

PART 11 - FREQUENT FLYER POINTS.. 18

 

PART 1 – GENERAL

1.1            Authority: This Determination is issued in accordance with subsections 7(1), 7(2) and 7(4) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 (the Act). 

1.2            Effect of this determination: This Determination commences on 1 July 2017.

1.3            Effect on Earlier Determinations: This Determination supersedes and revokes in full Determination 2012/04 – Members of Parliament – Entitlements (as amended) and also supersedes and revokes the following Determinations (that amended 2012/04): 2012/15, 2012/21, 2014/02, 2014/20, 2014/23, 2015/15, 2015/23, 2016/04, 2017/02.

1.4       Definitions: The following definitions apply in this Determination:

           ‘accompany’ means to travel with a senator or member to the final destination of a trip he or she is undertaking.

              ‘base salary’ means parliamentary base salary as defined in the Act and refers to the amount determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

‘commercial purpose’ means a purpose relating to the derivation of financial gain or reward, whether as a board member, an office-holder, an employee, a self-employed person or otherwise.

              ‘dependent child’ of a senator or member means a person in relation to whom:

(a)  both of the following apply:

(i)    the person is less than 16;

(ii)    the senator or member is legally responsible (whether alone or jointly with another person) for the day-to-day care, welfare and development of the person; or

(b)  both of the following apply:

(i)    the person is at least 16 and less than 18;

(ii)    the person is financially dependent on the senator or member; or

(c)  all of the following apply:

(i)    the person is 18 or older;

(ii)    the person is financially dependent on the senator or member;

(iii)   the person is undertaking, and has been continuously undertaking, secondary education.

              ‘designated person’ means a person or persons (not being a dependent child, spouse or nominee or a member of the staff of the senator or member) nominated by the senator or member who:

(a)  is substantially dependent on the senator or member; or

(b)  has significant caring responsibilities for:

(i)    a person substantially dependent on the senator or member; or

(ii)    the senator’s or member’s spouse, nominee, or dependent child; or

(c)  is any other member of the senator’s or member’s family.

              ‘home base’ means the principal place of residence of a senator or member as nominated from time to time to the Special Minister of State.  

              ‘inter-state trip’ means a trip:

(a)    from one state to another state or territory; or

(b)    from a territory to a state or territory; or

(c)    from a territory or state to an external territory when travel is to accompany or join a senator or member travelling under clauses 3.5(c), 3.5(d) and 3.5(e), except if the external territory forms part of the senator’s or member’s electorate.

           ‘join’ means to travel to meet a senator or member for a period of at least 3 hours.

           ‘nominee’ means a person nominated by the senator or member and approved at the discretion of the Special Minister of State; a senator or member may only have one nominee at any time.

           ‘sitting week’ means

(a)      for a senator, a week in which the Senate is sitting or Senate Estimates hearings take place; and

(b)      for a member, a week in which the House of Representatives is sitting.

spouse’ has the same meaning as spouse in the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990.

year’ means a period commencing 1 July and ending on the following 30 June.

1.5       Scope of references: Where the following terms are used in this Determination, it is intended that, unless the contrary intention appears:

(a)     a reference to the size of an electorate is a reference to the land area of the electorate only;

(b)    a reference to ‘per annum’ refers to a year as defined in Clause 1.4, and where a time period is less than a full year the entitlements shall be pro rata rounded to the nearest whole figure, the minimum entitlement in any instance being one.

1.6       Procedural rules and guidelines: Procedural rules and guidelines to give full effect to all entitlements set out in this Determination shall be such as may be made from time to time by the Special Minister of State.

1.7         No double payment: Where a spouse, dependent child, designated person or nominee claims or receives travelling allowance under any other source or entitlement for the same travel, they are not entitled to access travel entitlements under this Determination.

PART 2 – ELECTORATE ALLOWANCE

2.1       A base rate of electorate allowance of $32,000 per annum is payable to each senator and member.

2.2       A supplementary electorate allowance of $6,000 per annum, in addition to the base rate of electorate allowance, is payable to a member of the House of Representatives representing an electorate of between 2,000km2 and 4,999km2 inclusive.

2.3       A supplementary electorate allowance of $14,000 per annum, in addition to the base rate of electorate allowance, is payable to a member of the House of Representatives representing an electorate of 5,000km2 or more.

PART 3 – TRAVEL ENTITLEMENTS

SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT

3.1       A senator or member when travelling within Australia, excluding the external territories, on parliamentary, electorate or official business but not including party business (other than meetings of a parliamentary political party, or of its executive, or of its committees, and the national conference of a political party, of which he or she is a member), shall be entitled to travel at government expense.

3.2         For the purpose of clause 3.1 official business means attendance at:

(a)    properly constituted meetings of a Government advisory committee or task force provided that the senator or member is a member of the committee or task force;

(b)    functions representing a Minister or a Presiding Officer on official business as a Minister or Presiding Officer, provided that the Minister or Presiding Officer nominates the function in advance in a written request to the senator or member to represent him or her.

3.3         Travel in accordance with clause 3.1 above may be on scheduled commercial or commuter air services, mainline rail services or by motor coach and other vehicles operating as regular carriers and may include:

(a)    by charter transport, provided that where charter transport is used the senator or member must pay for any additional cost as between the charter transport and the estimated reimbursement cost of private vehicle allowance at the rate specified in clause 5.1 for the most reasonable and usual route between the departure and destinations points; or

(b)    the cost of transporting a vehicle on a ferry service that a senator or member is travelling on within his or her electorate (which means, in the case of a senator, the state or territory he/she represents). The service may depart from or return to a place outside the electorate.

3.4       The Special Minister of State shall have a discretion to approve the use of charter transport within Australia at government expense in special cases, including such use by the Leader of a recognised party of at least 5 members and circumstances where there are no scheduled commercial services or a senator or member would be unduly delayed by the use of scheduled services.  This entitlement does not extend to the use of charter transport for purposes which are covered by transport in large electorates provided under clauses 7.1 to 7.9 of this determination.

3.5       Additional travel on scheduled commercial/commuter air services at Commonwealth expense shall be authorised in the following circumstances:

(a)    in the case of a senator for the Northern Territory or the member for Lingiari, travel to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island on electorate business;

(b)    in the case of the member for Canberra and senators of the Australian Capital Territory, travel to Norfolk Island on electorate business;

(c)    in the case of the Leader of a recognised party of at least 5 members in the Parliament, travel within Australia and to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island on functions or duties connected with the office of Leader;

(d)    in the case of a senator or member who is a member of a parliamentary committee, travel to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island on committee business as formally authorised by the committee; and

(e)    in the case of the relevant shadow minister with responsibility for the external territories, travel to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island, in the performance of duties or functions connected with the office of shadow minister.

3.6       When a senator or member is travelling by air, rail or sea at government expense, the fare shall not exceed the cost of a business class air fare for the most reasonable and usual route, between the departure and destination points.  Where a business class air fare is not published for the destination point, the cost to the Commonwealth of travel by air, rail or sea must not exceed the economy class air fare for the most reasonable and usual route, between the departure and destination points.

3.6.1          Special circumstances: Where a senator or member provides a medical certificate stating that he or she is unable to travel by air, the Special Minister of State may approve payment of the full cost of the fare for travel by an alternative mode, or modes, of transport.  The Special Minister of State may also approve car transport to the embarkation point, and from the point of arrival nearest the destination, if there is no other provision in this Determination which applies to that part of the trip.  If travel under this provision necessarily includes an overnight journey, the senator or member should have access to private sleeper accommodation, where available.

3.7       A senator or member when travelling by air to or from Canberra on parliamentary business shall be entitled to carry one additional piece of luggage within the airline size limits at government expense.

 

FAMILY REUNION TRAVEL

3.8       Subject to clauses 3.9 to 3.21, a senator or member is entitled to be accompanied or joined when travelling at Commonwealth expense on parliamentary, electorate or official business by any one or more of the senator’s or member’s:

(a)      spouse or nominee;

(b)      dependent children;

(c)    designated person(s).

3.9         Where on any leg of the journey the member or senator is not accompanied to and/or from the final destination by a person specified in clause 3.8, that person must:

              (a)    arrive no more than 24 hours before the senator or member arrives;   and/or

           (b)    depart no more than 24 hours after the senator or member departs.

3.10      Notwithstanding clause 3.9 – for travel where the final destination is Canberra, an entitlement exists for a senator or member under clause 3.8 in respect of a person specified in that clause where they:

              (a)    accompany or join a senator or member and remain in Canberra without        the senator or member between adjoining sitting weeks, provided the senator or member returns to Canberra for the second sitting week;

           (b)    accompany or join a Presiding Officer (including a Deputy Presiding Officer)     and remain in Canberra at any time that the Presiding Officer is         temporarily absent from Canberra on parliamentary or official business related to the office.

3.11     The entitlement under clause 3.8 is limited to travel for non-commercial purposes by:

(a)      scheduled commercial services by any mode of transport, by the most direct route to the intended destination for the mode of transport used without voluntary stopovers; and

(b)      special purpose (Defence) aircraft the use of which has been approved by the Minister for Defence before the particular travel.

3.12     In addition to clause 3.11, where the spouse, nominee, dependent child or designated person, in relation to a senator or member from:

(a)      Western Australia;

(b)      the Northern Territory; or

(c)       Queensland at least 1,100kms flight distance from Brisbane;

travels to or from Canberra, the journey may be broken by one stop-over of one night in a capital city, only where the stop-over is necessary because there is no same-day connecting flight reasonably available and the journey to or from Canberra is completed the following day.

Canberra and Intra-State Family Travel (other than for ACT Senators and Members)

3.13     The cost of travel listed in clause 3.15 below is limited to the combined value of:

(a)      9 business class return trips to Canberra from the spouse’s or nominee’s principal place of residence; and

(b)      3 economy class return trips to Canberra from the principal place of residence for each dependent child.

OR        for senators and members, whose home base is within 150km of Canberra by road, the combined value of:

(c)       9 business class return trips between Canberra and Sydney for the spouse or nominee; and

(d)      3 economy class return trips between Canberra and Sydney for each dependent child.

3.14     The value of the fares under clause 3.13 will be calculated on 1 July each year for expenditure during that year.  Where a business class fare is not available, the cost of travel is limited to the value of an economy class fare for the most reasonable and usual route between the departure and destination points.

3.15     Within the cost limitation described in clauses 3.13 and 3.14 above, a senator’s or member’s spouse, nominee, dependent child or designated person may travel at the class of travel selected by the senator or member between the following locations:

(a)      to Canberra;

(b)      from Canberra to the senator’s or member’s electorate or their home base;

(c)       on intra-state trips within the senator’s or member’s home state or territory (except when the family member would be travelling to join the senator or member at the principal place of residence after they have been to another destination for private purposes); or

(d)      for a spouse or nominee, from the spouse’s or nominee’s principal place of residence to the senator’s or member’s electorate.


 

Inter-State Family Travel (including for ACT Senators and Members)

3.16     In addition to the entitlement described in clauses 3.13, 3.14 and 3.15, all senators and members (including those from the ACT) are entitled to be accompanied or joined at Commonwealth expense on a total of 3 business class return inter-state trips each year by a person specified in clause 3.8.  The senator or member may choose which combination of a spouse or nominee, dependent child or designated person may access this entitlement.

3.17     Such inter-state trips may be converted to intra-state trips or trips to Canberra; the basis of the conversion being one trip for one trip.

3.17A    Once the interstate trips under clause 3.16 have been fully utilised, a senator or member who is the mother of a dependent child up to 12 months of age and who is travelling interstate at Commonwealth expense on parliamentary, electorate or official business may be accompanied or joined by her spouse, nominee or designated person, to provide support in relation to that child. Travel for this purpose is to be at economy class.

No Carry Over Provision

3.18     A trip is deemed to be a trip in a year only if commenced in that year.

3.19     For each year, if the entitlement to Canberra/intrastate travel (under clause 3.13) is not fully spent, or all the inter-state trips (under clause 3.16) are not used, the unused portion of the entitlement will not be added to the entitlement for any later year.

Representational Travel

3.20      Where a senator or member has an entitlement to travel under the provisions of this Determination and is prevented by illness or parliamentary or family reasons from attending one of the functions set out below, then the senator or member may be represented by his or her spouse or nominee at:

(a)    a funeral;

(b)    a function where the spouse or nominee accepts an award or honour on behalf of the senator or member;

(c)    a function within the electorate of the senator or member and to which the senator or member has been invited; or

(d)    any other function as approved by the Special Minister of State.

The cost of such a trip shall be deducted from the cost limitation calculated under clauses 3.13 and 3.14.


 

Additional Travel

3.21        Travel by a senator’s or member’s spouse or nominee in order to attend an official government, parliamentary or vice-regal function as an invitee shall be at Commonwealth expense.  This provision is additional to any entitlement in clause 3.8.

PART 4 – CAR TRANSPORT

Senators and Members

4.1       A senator or member shall be provided with car transport at government expense when travelling on parliamentary business, but not including party business (other than meetings of a parliamentary political party, or of its executive, or of its committees, and the national conference of a political party, of which he or she is a member):

(a)    for direct travel between his or her home base, electorate office or place of business and the nearest airport or railway station;

(b)    in Canberra and locations within a 30 kilometre radius of Parliament House;

(c)    in other capital cities and regional centres, except within the city/centre in which a senator or member resides or has an electorate office, and between capital cities and regional centres; and

(d)    on visits in the course of parliamentary committee business.

4.2       In addition to clause 4.1, a senator or member shall be provided with car transport at government expense when travelling on official business.  For the purposes of this clause, official business has the same meaning as official business for the purposes of clause 3.1.

4.3       A senator or member may use the car transport in Canberra for the purposes of personal emergencies such as dental and medical treatment, funerals and other compassionate circumstances and reasonable personal services such as religious services and banking when these are not available at Parliament House.

4.4         A senator or member may be accompanied by:

(a)    his or her spouse or nominee;

(b)    a member or members of his or her staff; and/or

(c)    other senators or members.

4.5       In addition, a senator or member may be accompanied by another person or persons as long as the passenger’s travel is:

(a)    relevant to the purpose of the travel;

(b)    for compassionate reasons;

(c)    for public interest reasons; and/or

(d)    to enable a senator or member to be accompanied by a dependent child or dependent children.

4.6       The Special Minister of State may prescribe the mode or modes of car transport to be made available to a senator or member for the purposes of clause 4.1.

4.7       If, pursuant to clause 4.6, a senator or member is provided with a short-term self-drive car in Canberra on the weekend, he or she may use the car for private purposes but will meet fuel costs of such usage.  The car may not be used for commercial purposes.

4.8       If, pursuant to clause 4.6, a senator or member is provided with long-term self-drive car transport in Canberra, and where this is the case, he or she may use the car transport for private purposes, but not for commercial purposes.

4.9       If, pursuant to clause 4.6, a senator or member is provided with long-term self-drive car transport in Canberra in accordance with clause 4.8 he or she shall meet the personal cost contribution and other provisions specified in guidelines developed by the Special Minister of State.

4.10     When services (which do not involve unreasonable interruption to the journey outlined in clause 4.1) are not available from the airport or railway station nearest a senator's or member's home base, a senator or member shall be provided with car transport at government expense for direct travel between his or her home base and the nearest airport or railway station which does provide reasonable services for that journey.  In exercising an entitlement under this clause, a senator or member is expected to organise his or her travel arrangements in a reasonable way so as to travel to and from the airport nearest to his or her home base, electorate office or place of business.

4.11     Where a senator or member is travelling by car transport between the airport and his or her home base, he or she may, for parliamentary or electorate purposes only, break the journey at his or her electorate office.  However, if the senator or member expects the break in the journey to be longer than half an hour, the car shall be released immediately and another ordered to complete the journey at a later time.

4.12     When a senator or member is required to break a journey to or from Canberra on parliamentary business, car transport at government expense shall be provided from the airport or railway station to the place of overnight accommodation and from there to the airport or railway station for connecting transport.


 

Shadow Ministers and Party Leaders

4.13   A shadow minister and the Leader of a recognised party of at least 5 members in the Parliament shall be provided with car transport at government expense in the capital city of the state in which he or she resides when travelling on duties or functions connected with the office of shadow minister or party leader as the case may be.

Spouse or nominee

4.14   When travelling as determined in clauses 3.15 and 3.16, a spouse or nominee unaccompanied by a senator or member shall be provided with car transport at government expense:

(a)    between home, electorate office or place of business and the airport or railway station, as outlined in clauses 4.1 and 4.10;

(b)    between the airport or railway station in Canberra and the Canberra destination;

(c)    between the airport and the capital city being visited on an inter-state or an intrastate visit;

(d)    between the airport and the capital city where a stop-over is made as provided in clause 3.12; and

(e)      between Parliament House and place of accommodation in Canberra or Queanbeyan.

4.15     When a spouse or nominee has travelled to Canberra under clause 3.21 for the purpose of attending an official government, parliamentary or vice regal function, he or she is entitled to car transport in Canberra at government expense to attend that function and other functions with the approval of the Special Minister of State.

Dependent Children and Designated Persons

4.16     Dependent children and designated persons may use taxis, hire cars or regulated ridesharing services to and from any station or terminal for the purposes of travel at Commonwealth expense under clauses 3.15 and 3.16 provided that if the dependent child or designated person is under the age of 16 they must be accompanied by a person over the age of 18.


 

PART 5 - PRIVATE VEHICLE ALLOWANCE

Private Vehicle Allowance for travel to or from Canberra

5.1         (a)    A senator or member who uses their private vehicle to travel from their          home base to Canberra or from Canberra to their home base on        parliamentary business; or

(b)    a senator or member who uses their private vehicle to travel from their home base part of the way to Canberra or from Canberra part of the way to their home base on parliamentary business; or

           (c)    a spouse, nominee, dependent child or designated person, when travelling       by private motor vehicle to or from Canberra as provided in clauses 3.15          and 3.16;

shall be entitled to payment of private vehicle allowance at the rate of 66 cents per kilometre for the shortest practicable route, or the cost of the business class air fare, whichever is less.  Where a business class air fare is not available, the cost of an economy class air fare shall apply.

5.2       Where there is no convenient scheduled air service to connect with a scheduled flight to Canberra, a senator or member shall be entitled to private vehicle allowance at the rate of 66 cents per kilometre for the shortest practicable route between their home base and the nearest airport practicable to connect with the Canberra flight.

5.3       Where a senator or member is undertaking a trip approved under this Determination from an airport, railway station or similar point of embarkation (a terminus), and the senator or member uses his or her private vehicle, or private plated vehicle provided in accordance with Part 6 of this Determination, to drive to the terminus, the senator or member is entitled to reimbursement of related parking costs up to a maximum of $240 for each instance. 

5.4         When more than one person with a travel entitlement travels in the one motor vehicle, payment of a private vehicle allowance or the cost of the business class air fare may be made to one person only.  Where a business class air fare is not available, the cost of an economy class air fare shall apply.  Where no payment is made in respect of a person travelling in the motor vehicle, the entitlement to travel of that person shall not be reduced.

5.5       Private vehicle allowance is not payable to a senator or member, spouse or nominee, or dependent child for travel other than as provided in clauses 5.1 and 5.2 of this Determination.


 

PART 6 - PROVISION OF VEHICLE

Provision of vehicle

6.1         (a)    A senator, or member representing an electorate of less than 300,000 km2 shall, at his or her request, be provided with a private plated standard vehicle, as advised by the Special Minister of State, up to the value of the luxury car tax threshold for non-fuel efficient vehicles, as determined by the Australian Taxation Office from time to time.

           (b)    A senator or member, at his or her request, may be provided with a private plated non-standard vehicle (such as a four wheel drive vehicle) instead of a standard vehicle under subclauses 6.1(a).  The senator or member’s yearly limit for transport in large electorates or electorate allowance shall be reduced by the difference between the lease cost of a non-standard vehicle and the lease cost of a standard vehicle.

           (c)    A member representing an electorate of 300,000 km2 or more shall, at his or her request, be provided with:

                              i.        a private plated standard vehicle, as advised by the Special Minister of State, up to the value of the luxury car tax threshold for non-fuel efficient vehicles, as determined by the Australian Taxation Office from time to time; or

                             ii.        a four wheel drive motor vehicle.

  (d)    In addition to the vehicle provided under subclause 6.1 (a) or 6.1 (b) or 6.1 (c), a member representing an electorate of 300,000 km² or more or a senator representing the Northern Territory (while the total representation from the Northern Territory in both Houses does not exceed the present level of four) shall, at the request of the senator or member, be provided with a Commonwealth-leased private plated, four wheel drive motor vehicle. The senator or member’s yearly limit for transport in large electorates or electorate allowance shall be reduced by the lease cost of the four wheel drive motor vehicle.

6.2       The Special Minister of State may develop guidelines for the purposes of clause 6.1.

6.3       A private-plated vehicle provided to a senator or member may be used for parliamentary, electorate or official business, family travel and private purposes, but not for commercial purposes.

6.4       Where a senator or member is provided with a private-plated vehicle, the Commonwealth shall meet all costs of operating and maintaining that vehicle. Accordingly, when that vehicle is used:

           (a)    for travel to which a senator or member (or eligible family member, nominee or designated person) is otherwise entitled by the provisions of this Determination, (such as under clauses 3.1, 3.8, 4.1, 4.10, 4.11, 4.14 to 4.16) the other entitlements are voided; and

           (b)    likewise no private vehicle allowance is payable.

6.5       Where a senator or member elects not to be provided with any private plated vehicle under subclauses 6.1 (a) or 6.1 (b) or 6.1 (c) he or she will be entitled to an additional $19,500 per annum of electorate allowance in lieu of the private plated vehicle to meet the costs of transport within and for the service of the electorate.

6.6       For the purposes of clause 6.5, transport within and for the service of the electorate includes transport provided by commercial providers such as taxis, hire cars and public transport (for example buses, trains, trams and ferries).

6.7       For the purposes of clause 6.5, a member or senator may elect to vary his or her entitlement from, or to, a private plated vehicle or additional electorate allowance in lieu of the private plated vehicle once per annum, provided that no additional administrative or other expenses (e.g. lease cancellation fees) are incurred by the Commonwealth as a result of the election to so vary these entitlements.

PART 7 - TRANSPORT IN LARGE ELECTORATES

7.1       ‘Transport' includes the hire of charter aircraft and such other modes of transport as may be reasonable in the circumstances within and for the service of the electorate.  It includes the hire of an accredited driver to provide relief driving services for a senator or member independent of car hire arrangements, but does not extend to the use of taxis or hire cars in the metropolitan areas of capital cities.

7.2       Subject to clause 7.3:

(a)    A senator to whom one of the following criteria applies is eligible for transport, at Commonwealth expense, within and for the service of his or her State or Territory to the limits specified in Table 1.

(b)    A member of an electorate to whom one of the following criteria applies is eligible for transport, at Commonwealth expense, within and for the service of his or her electorate, to the limits specified in Table 1.


 

 

TABLE 1         TRANSPORT IN LARGE ELECTORATES

Chamber

State or Territory/ Electorate

Yeary Limit

Senators

Northern Territory

$65,760

Queensland or Western Australia

$26,490

New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia or Tasmania

$14,860

Members

300,000 km2 or more

$120,000

100,000 to 299,999 km2

$38,190

25,000 to 99,999 km2

$21,160

10,000 to 24,999 km2

$10,420

7.3       Senators or members eligible for transport expenses within and for the service of their electorate, State or Territory may engage or dismiss the transport at a place outside their electorate, State or Territory provided that the purpose of the transport is for the service of the electorate within the electorate.

7.4       A senator or member may carry forward from one year to the next year up to 20 per cent of the yearly limit, if unused.

7.5       A senator or member may be accompanied by:

(a)    his or her spouse; and/or

(b)    a member or members of his or her staff; and/or

(c)    a senator or member, or senators or members; and/or

(d)    his or her dependent child or children.

7.6         Where a person accompanies a senator or member in accordance with clause 7.5, he or she may travel unaccompanied on positioning and re-positioning legs where this does not incur any additional cost.

7.7       In addition to clause 7.5, a senator or member may be accompanied by another person or other persons provided cost recovery for the fare equivalent is obtained from any other passengers (or their employing organisation).

7.8         Where a senator or member is accompanied by another person or other persons in accordance with clause 7.7, cost recovery for the fare equivalent will not be required where the senator or member certifies that the passenger's travel was:

(a)    relevant to the purposes of the travel, or

(b)    for compassionate reasons, or

(c)    for public interest reasons.

7.9         If in the previous year, a senator or member received a supplement under Regulation 3EA of the Parliamentary Entitlements Regulations 1997, the amount in clause 7.2 of this Determination is reduced by the amount of the supplement used for charter transport.

7.10      However, the Special Minister of State may, having regard to the particular circumstances of the senator or member, waive the requirement in clause 7.9 in relation to the senator or member.

PART 8 - PARLIAMENTARY RETIREMENT TRAVEL

8.1       Subject to the Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002, a retired former Prime Minister who has completed the qualifying periods set out in 8.2 shall be eligible for Parliamentary Retirement Travel[1].

8.2       For the purposes of s 30(2) of the Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002, the following qualifying periods shall apply to eligibility for Parliamentary Retirement Travel:

(a)    the qualifying period for a person who has served as Prime Minister is one year;

(b)    a person who has served as Prime Minister for less than one year, shall have that period trebled in determining their eligibility for  Parliamentary Retirement Travel by way of 20 years’ service as a senator or member;

(c)    periods of broken service may be accumulated.

8.3       Frequent flyer points accrued as a result of travel at Commonwealth expense should be used to reduce the cost of future travel under the provisions of the Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002 by the person who accrued the points.  Wherever possible and practicable, a person should ensure that frequent flyer points accrued by him or her are used to cover the cost of Parliamentary Retirement Travel.  Points may, however, be redeemed for a donation to charity, in accordance with the provisions of the relevant reward program, provided that no financial or taxation benefit accrues to the person who accrued the points.

8.4       Details of the usage of frequent flyer points accrued as a result of travel at Commonwealth expense and used under the Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002 must be reported to the Special Minister of State in accordance with guidelines developed by the Special Minister of State.


 

PART 9 - SEVERANCE BENEFITS

POST RETIREMENT TRAVEL

9.1         A former senator or member, not eligible for Parliamentary Retirement Travel, who retired on or before 30 June 2017 shall be eligible to travel at government expense for a maximum of five return trips within the first six months after his or her retirement from the Parliament.

9.2         A former senator or member, not eligible for Parliamentary Retirement Travel, who retires on or after 1 July 2017 shall be eligible to travel at government expense for a maximum of three return trips within the first three months after his or her retirement from the Parliament.

9.3       Travel in accordance with clause 9.1 and 9.2 shall be between the former senator’s or member’s home base and either Canberra or a location or locations where the senator or member had a publicly funded electorate office.

9.4       Travel in accordance with clause 9.1 shall be at the class of travel determined from time to time for a sitting senator or member.

9.5         Travel in accordance with clause 9.2 shall be at economy class.

9.6       Travel in accordance with clauses 9.1 and 9.2 shall not be utilised by any person other than the former senator or member.

RESETTLEMENT ALLOWANCE

9.7       Eligibility: A senator or member will be paid a Resettlement Allowance if the senator or member:

(a)    retires involuntarily from the Parliament, meaning retirement through:

(i)    electing not to stand for re-election following loss of party endorsement, for reasons other than misconduct; or

(ii)    defeat at an election (including defeat at an election where he or she has campaigned to be elected to represent a different electoral division or to the other House of the Parliament);

(b)    and was:

(i)    first elected before 9 October 2004, and whose retiring allowance under the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948 is not payable immediately on retirement because of the deferral provisions of that Act; or

(ii)    first elected on or after 9 October 2004, and declares in writing to the Clerk of the relevant House of Parliament that it is his or her intention to seek employment on leaving Parliament.

 

9.8       Basic Payment:  A senator or member who fulfils the eligibility criteria in clause 9.7 will, on retirement, be paid three months of the base salary at the rate current on the date that the Parliament is prorogued prior to the election.

9.9       Additional Payment:  A senator or member who receives a payment under clause 9.8 will, on retirement, also be paid an additional three months of the base salary, at the same rate as the payment under clause 9.8, if he or she is:

(a)     a senator for a state, and has served more than three full years in the Parliament, or

(b)    a member, or a senator for a territory, and has served more than one full term in the Parliament.

For the purposes of this clause the period of service referred to is the period of continuous service that ceases when the senator or member retires involuntarily.

PART 10 – OFFICE FACILITIES

10.1     A senator or member shall be entitled to have access to the following at Commonwealth expense:

(a)    two telephone lines, including rental, transfer and call costs in their private residence(s); and

(b)    installation, maintenance and rental of an answering service or equipment of a type specified by the Special Minister of State.

10.2      A senator or member may nominate one of the two telephone lines referred to in clause 11.1(a) to be used exclusively as a dedicated data line.  The data line shall be installed and maintained at Commonwealth expense.

10.3     Entitlements not covered in this Determination (such as the location, number, nature and extent of office accommodation, office furniture and equipment, newspapers and the like) shall be provided at the discretion of the Special Minister of State.

PART 11 - FREQUENT FLYER POINTS

11.1     Frequent flyer points accrued as a result of travel at Commonwealth expense should be used to reduce the cost of future travel under the provisions of this Determination by the person who accrued the points.  Wherever possible and practicable, a person should ensure that frequent flyer points accrued by him or her are used to cover the cost of any travel under this Determination.  Points may, however, be redeemed for a donation to charity, in accordance with the provisions of the relevant reward program, provided that no financial or taxation benefit accrues to the person who accrued the points. 


 

11.2     Details of the usage of frequent flyer points accrued as a result of travel at Commonwealth expense and used under this Determination must be reported to the Special Minister of State in accordance with guidelines developed by the Special Minister of State.

 

Signed this 29th day of June 2017

 

 

Signed

Signed

Signed

John C Conde AO

PRESIDENT

Ewen G W Crouch AM

MEMBER

Heather J Zampatti

MEMBER

 



[1] Section 4A of the Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002 closes the scheme to certain senators and members.