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Unlimited Travel on Scheduled Commercial Transport

Notes:

Maximum cost of travel is the business class airfare, for the most reasonable and usual route between the departure and destination points, or economy class airfare where no business class fare is published (other than where a Senator or Member cannot travel by air on medical grounds, in which case the Special Minister of State may approve payment of the full fare on an alternative mode, or modes, of transport).

Official business for this entitlement is limited to properly constituted meetings of a Government advisory committee or task force, or functions representing a Minister or Presiding Officer.

All Senators and Members Travel within Australia (excluding the external territories) on parliamentary, electorate or official business.
Northern Territory Senators and the Member for Lingiari Travel to Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island on electorate business.
Member for Canberra and ACT Senators Travel to Norfolk Island on electorate business.
Member of a parliamentary committee Travel to Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island on committee business.

 

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Special Charter
All Senators and Members When travelling on parliamentary, electorate or official business in special cases, such as where no scheduled commercial services exist or a Senator or Member would be unduly delayed by the use of scheduled services, the Special Minister of State may approve the use of charter transport by a Senator or Member.

 

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Electorate Charter

Notes:

Covers the hire of charter aircraft and other vehicles for travel within and for the service of the electorate.

Includes the hire of an accredited driver to provide relief driving services (not a member of the Senator or Member’s family or staff).

Unused entitlement, up to a maximum of 20 per cent of the annual budget, can be rolled over from one year to the next.            

A Senator or Member can be accompanied by his or her spouse, staff, and other Senators and Members.  Other passengers can accompany the Senator or Member provided a larger aircraft/vehicle is not required (cost recovery may apply).

Northern Territory Senators $65,760 per year.
Queensland or Western Australian Senators $26,490 per year.
New South Wales, Victorian, South Australian or Tasmanian Senators $14,860 per year.
Members representing electorates 300,000km2 or more in size $87,580 per year.
Members representing electorates 100,000km2 to 299,999km2 in size $38,190 per year.
Members representing electorates 25,000km2 to 99,999km2 in size $21,160 per year.
Members representing electorates 10,000km2 to 24,999km2 in size $10,420 per year.

 

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Travelling Allowance
All Senators and Members An allowance set by the Remuneration Tribunal to cover the cost of accommodation, meals, and incidentals for each overnight stay in a place other than the Senator or Member’s home base when that stay is primarily due to:
  1. sittings of Parliament, or direct travel to or from such sittings;
  2. meetings or formal business of a parliamentary committee of which the Senator or Member is a member, or direct travel to or from such meetings;
  3. functions representing a Minister or Presiding Officer, or direct travel to and from such functions;
  4. meetings in Canberra of a Senator or Member’s parliamentary political party, its executive or its committees, or direct travel to or from such meetings;
  5. meetings outside Canberra of a Senator or Member’s parliamentary political party executive, or direct travel to or from such meetings;
  6. meetings outside Canberra of a Senator or Member’s parliamentary political party, its executive, its committees, its national conference, or its state conference, and meetings outside the Senator or Member’s electorate on electorate business (limited to a maximum of 10 nights per year in total), or direct travel to or from such meetings;
  7. official government, parliamentary or vice-regal functions;
  8. meetings of a non-statutory body of which a Senator or Member has been nominated to attend by resolution of either House of the Parliament as a representative, or alternate representative, of the Parliament;
  9. meetings of a Government advisory committee or task force of which the Senator or Member is a member;
  10. visits to an external territory (other than Antarctica) on parliamentary business; or
  11. visits to an external territory, where prior to the visit the Special Minister of State is provided with a statement in writing setting out fully the period of the visit, the proposed itinerary, and that the purpose of the journey is for committee business.
Northern Territory Senators Eligible for 66 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within the Northern Territory away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.
All Senators other than Senators from the Northern Territory Eligible for 30 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within his or her state away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.
Members representing electorates 10,000km2 to 19,999km2 in size Eligible for 16 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within his or her electorate away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.
Members representing electorates 20,000km2 to 99,999km2 in size Eligible for 25 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within his or her electorate away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.
Members representing electorates 100,000km2 to 499,999km2 in size Eligible for 35 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within his or her electorate away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.  Members representing an electorate of 300,000km2 or more in size may use up to 30 of these nights per year for overnight transit stops at the nearest major transport centre where they are unable to access their electorate through direct flights from within their electorate.
Members representing electorates 500,000km2 to 999,999km2 in size Eligible for 50 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within his or her electorate away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.  Members may use up to 30 of these nights per year for overnight transit stops at the nearest major transport centre where they are unable to access their electorate through direct flights from within their electorate.
Members representing electorates 1,000,000km2 or more in size Eligible for 90 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within his or her electorate away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.  Members may use up to 30 of these nights per year for overnight transit stops at the nearest major transport centre where they are unable to access their electorate through direct flights from within their electorate.
Members representing electorates less than 10,000km2 in area with islands or separate regional areas at least 100km from the main body of the electorate Eligible for six nights of travelling allowance per year for electorate business on those islands or in those separate regional areas.
Member for Bowman Eligible for six nights of travelling allowance per year for electorate business on North Stradbroke Island.
Northern Territory Senators and the Member for Lingiari Eligible for 18 nights of travelling allowance per year for visits to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and/or Christmas Island for electorate business.
ACT Senators and the Member for Canberra Eligible for 11 nights of travelling allowance per year for visits to Norfolk Island for electorate business.
ACT Senators and Members or a Member representing an electorate adjacent to the ACT whose principal place of residence is within a 30km radius of Parliament House

Daily expense allowance of $81 per day for each day that he or she attends in Canberra:

  1. sittings of Parliament;
  2. meetings of the Senator or Member’s parliamentary political party, its executive, or its committees; or
  3. meetings of a parliamentary committee of which the Senator or Member is a member.

 

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Unlimited Car Transport
All Senators and Members When travelling on parliamentary business, meetings of a parliamentary political party, or of its executive, or its committees, and the national conference of the Senator or Member’s political party, transport:
  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. in Canberra and locations within a 30km radius of Parliament House;
  3. 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
  4. on visits in the course of parliamentary committee business.

A Senator or Member may use car transport in Canberra for personal emergencies (such as medical and dental treatment), funerals and other compassionate circumstances, and personal services such as religious services and banking where these services are not available in Parliament House.

When a break is required on a journey to or from Canberra on parliamentary business, transport between airport or railway station and place of accommodation.

Transport when travelling on official business.  Official business for this entitlement is limited to properly constituted meetings of a Government advisory committee or task force, or functions representing a Minister or Presiding Officer.

 

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Private-plated Vehicle
All Senators and Members Provision of an Australian-made private-plated vehicle and all running and maintenance costs for use on parliamentary, electorate or official business, family travel and private purposes.  The vehicle cannot be used for commercial purposes.

A Senator or Member can elect to be provided additional electorate allowance of $19,500 per year in lieu of a private-plated vehicle.  The cost of transport within and for the service of the Senator or Member’s electorate can be met by the Senator or Member from this additional electorate allowance.

Members representing electorates that are 300,000km2 or more in size At the request of the Member, the private-plated vehicle provided can be a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Members representing electorates that are 300,000km2 or more in size and Senators representing the Northern Territory In addition to the private-plated vehicle mentioned above, at the request of the Senator or Member, the provision of a four‑wheel drive vehicle and all running and maintenance costs for use on parliamentary, electorate or official business, family travel and private purposes.  The vehicle cannot be used for commercial purposes.  The lease costs for this additional vehicle are met from the Senator or Member’s electorate allowance or electorate charter entitlement.

 

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Private Vehicle Allowance
All Senators and Members The lesser of a business class airfare, or private vehicle allowance at Australian Public Service rates, for travel in a privately‑owned vehicle on parliamentary business between home and Canberra, or part of the way between home and Canberra.

Where there is no convenient scheduled air service to connect with a flight to Canberra from the airport or railway station nearest to the Senator or Member’s home base, private vehicle allowance at Australian Public Service rates for travel in a privately-owned vehicle between home and the nearest airport practicable to connect with a flight to Canberra.

 

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Parking
All Senators and Members Reimbursement of up to $240 for parking the Senator or Member’s private-plated vehicle, or a privately-owned vehicle, at a terminus (e.g. an airport or railway station), when travelling from that terminus under entitlement.

 

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Overseas  Study Travel

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Effective from 15 March 2012, there will be no further accrual of an entitlement to financial assistance for overseas travel.

The entitlement initially accrued after the Senator or Member had completed three years service in the Parliament. Senators and Members who accrued an entitlement prior to 15 March 2012 will retain access to the entitlement which had accrued as at 15 March 2012, which can be used to meet the overseas travel costs of the Senator or Member and a spouse or nominee who accompanies or joins the Senator or Member.

Any unused entitlement, up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the commercial round-the-world airfare, can be rolled over from the 43rd Parliament to the 44th Parliament, but not to a later Parliament.

All Senators and Members who accrued an entitlement prior to 15 March 2012 The value, as at 1 July of the year the entitlement is first used, of one first class scheduled commercial round-the-world airfare per Parliament for overseas travel to undertake studies and investigations related to a Senator or Member’s duties and responsibilities.

 

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Overseas Delegation Travel
All Senators and Members

The cost of travel overseas as a member of a Parliamentary Delegation within a program approved by the Prime Minister including: first class fares, accommodation, meals, equipment and clothing allowance and official hospitality

The class of travel may be downgraded to extend the overseas travel or offset the cost of an accompanying spouse.

 

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Life Gold Pass

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A Life Gold Pass is provided to a Senator or Member who entered Parliament before 6 March 2012 on retirement from the Parliament, subject to the retiring Senator or Member meeting the following qualifying periods before they first leave the Parliament on or after 6 March 2012:

    1. Prime Minister – one year
    2. Minister, Presiding Officer or Leader of the Opposition – six years
    3. Parliamentary Secretary, Senator or Member – 20 years or the life of seven Parliaments.
Former Prime Minister who has retired from Parliament 40 return trips per year within Australia, excluding the external territories, for non-commercial purposes, on scheduled commercial services.
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.

 

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Post-retirement Travel
All Senators and Members  who retired from the Parliament on or after 15 March 2012 who did not qualify for a Life Gold Pass on retirement

Post-retirement travel between the former Senators or Member’s home base and either Canberra or a location or locations where the former Senator or Member had a publicly-funded electorate office on a maximum of five return trips within the first six months after his or her retirement from the Parliament.

The cost of a return trip is limited to the cost of the business class airfare for the most reasonable and usual route between the departure and destination points, or the economy class airfare where no business class fare is published (other than where a former Senator or Member cannot travel by air on medical grounds, in which case the Special Minister of State may approve payment of the full fare on an alternative mode, or modes, of transport).

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Severance Travel
All Senators and Members who retired from the Parliament before 15 March 2012 who did not qualify for a Life Gold Pass on retirement Severance travel within Australia, excluding the external territories, on scheduled commercial services, for non-commercial purposes as follows:
  1. service in three Parliaments – 25 return trips per year in the first two years after retirement;
  2. service in four Parliaments – 25 return trips per year in the first three years after retirement;
  3. service in five Parliaments – 25 return trips per year in the first four years after retirement;
  4. service in six Parliaments – 25 return trips per year in the first five years after retirement
There is no entitlement for a severance traveler to be accompanied by his or her spouse or de facto partner.

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