4.11 Post-Retirement Travel
Following a parliamentarian’s retirement from the Parliament, he or she may access post-retirement travel within Australia at Commonwealth expense. Retired former Prime Ministers who are eligible for parliamentary retirement travel (formerly Life Gold Pass travel) are unable to access post-retirement travel.
A former parliamentarian who retired on or before 30 June 2017 is eligible to travel at Commonwealth expense for a maximum of five return trips within the first six months after his or her retirement from the Parliament. Travel is at the class determined from time to time for a sitting parliamentarian (currently business class). 22
A former parliamentarian who retired on or after 1 July 2017 is eligible to travel at Commonwealth expense for a maximum of three economy class return trips within the first three months after his or her retirement from the Parliament.23
The following limitations apply:
- the provision is restricted to travel between the former parliamentarian’s home base and either Canberra or a location or locations where the parliamentarian had a publicly funded electorate office
- the provision cannot be used by any person other than the former parliamentarian.24
Post-retirement travel is not transferable. Where tickets are issued for travel, credits are not to be obtained and used for any other purpose.
Mode of Transport
The Remuneration Tribunal has not prescribed the mode of transport that former parliamentarians may use to undertake post-retirement travel. Former parliamentarians who are eligible for post-retirement travel may, therefore, undertake post-retirement travel by any mode of transport, including car travel.
Post-retirement travellers who choose to travel by scheduled commercial services with an accommodation component (such as The Ghan, The Indian-Pacific, The Overlander or The Spirit of Tasmania) will be personally responsible for meeting any travel and related costs (including meals) that are in excess of the cost of the permitted class of travel without the accommodation component. Post-retirement travellers are requested to pay any difference in fares direct to the contracted travel service provider at the time of booking the travel.
The contracted travel service provider arranges official travel services for all former parliamentarians accessing post-retirement travel. Bookings must be made through the contracted travel service provider, who can arrange all modes of travel on scheduled commercial services.
The contracted travel service provider requires each traveller to complete a traveller profile covering his or her individual preferences, such as seating and special dietary requirements, to ensure appropriate arrangements can be made whenever travel is undertaken. The contracted travel service provider issues each traveller with a personal traveller profile number, which should always be used when making bookings.
Payment for travel is made on the basis of electronic tickets issued. In some circumstances, electronic tickets are issued and a charge made even though the travel is not taken. In the event that travel plans are cancelled, it is particularly important that the booking(s) are cancelled with the contracted travel service provider as soon as possible so that refunds/credits can be obtained.
If bookings are not cancelled, the value of the travel is a cost to the Commonwealth and may be recorded as trips against the travel provision. Cancellation charges incurred as a result of cancelling the booking(s) will also be a cost to the Commonwealth and may be recorded as trips against the travel provision.
22 Clauses 9.1 and 9.4 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2017/13: Members of Parliament–Entitlements.
23 Clauses 9.2 and 9.5 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2017/13: Members of Parliament–Entitlements.
24 Clauses 9.3 and 9.6 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2017/13: Members of Parliament–Entitlements.