Family Travel

Family Travel

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Canberra and Intra-State Family Travel
Notes:

Entitlement not available to Australian Capital Territory Senators and Members.

Travel must be to accompany or join the Senator or Member.

Travel may be at any class.

Budget for travel is limited to the combined value of nine business class return trips per year from their principal place of residence to Canberra for a spouse or nominee and three business class return trips per year from their principal place of residence to Canberra for each dependent child.

Spouse or nominee Subject to the limits of the family travel budget, travel by any mode of scheduled commercial service or, with the approval of the Minister for Defence, special purpose aircraft:
  1. to Canberra
  2. from Canberra to the Senator or Member's electorate or their principal place of residence
  3. on intra-state trips within the Senator or Member’s home state or territory (conditions apply)
  4. from the spouse or nominee’s principal place of residence to the Senator or Member's electorate.

Travel to and from Canberra under this entitlement may also be undertaken in a privately-owned vehicle. Subject to the limits of the family travel budget, the lesser of a business class airfare, or private vehicle allowance at Australian Public Service rates, is provided for such travel.

Car transport in connection with the above travel:

  1. between home, electorate office, or place of business and the nearest airport or railway station (or the nearest airport or railway station which provides reasonable transport services for the travel)
  2. between the airport or railway station in Canberra and the Canberra destination
  3. between Parliament House and place of accommodation in Canberra or Queanbeyan.
Car transport costs are not deducted from, or subject to the limits of, the family travel budget.
Spouse or nominee of a Senator or Member from Western Australia, the Northern Territory or Queensland (at least 1,100km flight distance from Brisbane) When travelling to or from Canberra, the spouse or nominee of a Senator or Member from Western Australia, the Northern Territory or Queensland (at least 1,100km flight distance from Brisbane) may make a one-night stopover 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.

Car transport in connection with a one-night stopover between the airport and the overnight accommodation.

Dependent child or designated person Subject to the limits of the family travel budget, travel by any mode of scheduled commercial service or, with the approval of the Minister for Defence, special purpose aircraft:
  1. to Canberra
  2. from Canberra to the Senator or Member's electorate or their principal place of residence
  3. on intra-state trips within the Senator or Member’s home state or territory (conditions apply).

Travel to and from Canberra under this entitlement may also be undertaken in a privately-owned vehicle. Subject to the limits of the family travel budget, the lesser of a business class airfare, or private vehicle allowance at Australian Public Service rates, is provided for such travel.

Taxi or hire car transport in connection with the above travel to and from any station or terminal.  A dependent child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person over the age of 18.

Taxi or hire car costs are not deducted from, or subject to the limits of, the family travel budget.
Dependent child or designated person of a Senator or Member from Western Australia, the Northern Territory or Queensland (at least 1,100km flight distance from Brisbane) When travelling to or from Canberra, the dependent child or designated person of a Senator or Member from Western Australia, the Northern Territory or Queensland (at least 1,100km flight distance from Brisbane) may make a one-night stopover 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.

Taxi or hire car transport in connection with a one-night stopover to and from any station or terminal. A dependent child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person over the age of 18.

Taxi or hire car costs are not deducted from, or subject to the limits of, the family travel budget.

 

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Interstate Family Travel
Notes:

Entitlement available to all (including ACT) Senators and Members, and is in addition to any Canberra and intra-state family travel entitlement.

Travel must be to accompany or join the Senator or Member.

Spouse or nominee, dependent child or designated person Three business class return interstate trips each year to accompany or join the Senator or Member. The Senator or Member may choose which combination of a spouse or nominee, dependent child or designated person may access this entitlement (e.g. one trip per year each for the Senator or Member’s spouse and two dependent children). Interstate trips may be converted to intra-state trips or trips to Canberra on a one-for-one basis.

For the spouse or nominee of a Senator or Member, car transport in connection with the above travel between airport and capital city being visited. For the dependent child or designed person of a Senator or Member, taxi or hire car transport in connection with the above travel to and from any station or terminal. A dependent child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person over the age of 18.

 

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Travel to an Official Government, Parliamentary or Vice-Regal Function
Note:

Entitlement is in addition to Canberra, intra-state and interstate family travel entitlement(s).

Spouse or nominee Travel by any mode of scheduled commercial service or, with the approval of the Minister for Defence, special purpose aircraft, to attend an official government, parliamentary or vice-regal function as an invitee.

Car transport in Canberra to attend an official government, parliamentary or vice-regal function as an invitee, or to attend other functions as approved by the Special Minister of State.

 

 

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Representational Travel
Spouse or nominee Subject to the limits of the family travel budget, where a Senator or Member has an entitlement to travel and is prevented from attending any of the following functions due to illness, parliamentary or family reasons, travel to represent the Senator or Member at:
  1. a funeral
  2. a function where the spouse or nominee accepts an award or honour on behalf of the Senator or Member
  3. a function within the electorate to which the Senator or Member has been invited
  4. any other function as approved by the Special Minister of State.

 

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Spouse or De Facto Partner of a Sitting Life Gold Pass Holder
Note:

Legislation to change the Life Gold Pass entitlement is currently before the Parliament.

Spouse or de facto partner of a sitting Senator or Member who holds or has held office as Prime Minister and has qualified for a Life Gold Pass 40 return trips to Canberra per year on scheduled commercial services, for non-commercial purposes, for the spouse or de facto partner to accompany or join the Prime Minister or former Prime Minister.

Note, legislation is currently before the Parliament to remove, with effect from Royal Assent, the parliamentary retirement travel entitlement of the spouse or de facto partner of the Prime Minister or a sitting former Prime Minister.

Spouse or de facto partner of a sitting Senator or Member who has not held office as Prime Minister and has qualified for a Life Gold Pass 10 return trips per year to Canberra on scheduled commercial services, for non-commercial purposes, for the spouse or de facto partner to accompany or join the Senator or Member.

Note, legislation is currently before the Parliament to retrospectively remove, with effect from 14 May 2014, all accompanying parliamentary retirement spouse or de facto partner travel, other than for the spouse or de facto partner of a retired former Prime Minister.

 

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Spouse or De Facto Partner of a Life Gold Pass Holder
Note:

Legislation to change the Life Gold Pass entitlement is currently before the Parliament.

Spouse or de facto partner of a former Prime Minister 40 return trips per year within Australia, excluding the external territories, for non-commercial purposes, on scheduled commercial services, for the spouse or de facto partner to accompany or join the former Prime Minister. Up to 10 of these return trips per year may be used for travel independent of the former Prime Minister.

Note, legislation is currently before the Parliament to retrospectively change, with effect from 14 May 2014, the parliamentary retirement travel entitlement of the spouse or de facto partner of a retired former Prime Minister to 20 domestic return trips per year and to require that all parliamentary retirement travel is for the public benefit.

Spouse or de facto partner of a former Senator or Member who has not held office as Prime Minister 10 return trips per year within Australia, excluding the external territories, for non-commercial purposes, on scheduled commercial services, for the spouse or de facto partner to accompany or join the former Senator or Member.

Note, legislation is currently before the Parliament to retrospectively remove, with effect from 14 May 2014, all accompanying parliamentary retirement spouse or de facto partner travel, other than for the spouse or de facto partner of a retired former Prime Minister.