Office Budget and Electorate Support Budget
Detailed information on the Office Budget and Electorate Support Budget is now available.
New Travelling Allowance Rates
New travelling allowance (TA) rates for MOP(S) Act employees are effective from 1 July 2015. Adjustments to TA advances paid for travel on or after 1 July 2015, will be made upon acquittal.
New Staff Travel and Relief Staff Arrangement Determination
Determination 2015/10: Staff Travel and Relief Staff Arrangements gives effect to the new combined electorate support budget from 1 July 2015, replacing the Electorate Staff Budget and Relief Staff Budget.
Revised Travelling Allowance (TA) and Relocation Expenses Guidelines
Guideline updates clarify: definition of commercial accommodation; TA adjustments in relation to accommodation packages; emphasise that employees should get in-principle approval for relocation expenses.
Enterprise Agreement (EA) Processing Timeframes
The table above outlines the expected timeframes for processing of entitlements under the Enterprise Agreement.
Topics of Interest
- Tax: 27
Pay Days in 2015/2016 Financial Year
In the F/Y 2015/16 there will be 27 pay periods instead of the usual 26. This extra pay may result in insufficient tax being withheld overall. If you are concerned about the tax shortfall, you can request an additional amount of tax be deducted from your pay, as per the ATO table below, by emailing MOPSPay&Conditions@finance.gov.au.
Fortnightly earnings $ Additional fortnightly tax deduction $ 1,400 to 3,049 12 3,050 to 6,799 17 6,800 and over 42
For the deduction to commence from the beginning of the F/Y, the request must be received by M&PS before Tues 23 June 15.
Note: The above amounts are based on the tax rates for the current F/Y, and may be updated by the ATO once the tax rates for the 2015/16 F/Y are published.
Departmental Circular 2015/12: Mobile Electorate Office Signage - Additional Guidance
Signage for mobile electorate offices must be stand-alone and must be for the purpose of identifying a mobile electorate office or directing constituents to the location of a mobile electorate office.
Departmental Circular 2015/10: Work Health and Safety - Air Travel
Guidance material on work health and safety when travelling by air has been published on the Ministerial and Parliamentary Services website.