Former Parliamentarians’ Travel

Changes to the Life Gold Pass provision commenced 22 February 2017.

The Remuneration Tribunal has signalled its intention to make changes from 1 July 2017 to  Post Retirement Travel.

On 22 February 2017, the Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (the Act) received Royal Assent. The Act ceased Life Gold Pass travel for all Life Gold Pass holders, other than eligible retired former Prime Ministers and their spouses or de facto partners.

A retired former Prime Minister may qualify for Parliamentary Retirement Travel (formerly Life Gold Pass travel), otherwise they are eligible for Post Retirement Travel.

Former parliamentarians who are not eligible for Parliamentary Retirement Travel  may access Post Retirement Travel.

The Remuneration Tribunal determines conditions relating to Post Retirement Travel and Parliamentary Retirement Travel (including qualifying periods of former Prime Ministers), as set out in Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04: Members of Parliament – Entitlements.

Effective from 1 July 2017, the Remuneration Tribunal intends to amend the provisions of Post Retirement Travel to:

Retired former Prime Ministers

The relevant qualifying period outlined in the table below must be served by a former Prime Minister in order to be eligible for  Parliamentary Retirement Travel:

1 year or more as a Prime Minister qualify for Parliamentary Retirement Travel (formerly Life Gold Pass travel)
less than 1 year as Prime Minister treble service as a Prime Minister and add period(s) of service as a Senator or Member. If the total is greater than or equal to 20 years service - qualify for Parliamentary Retirement Travel (formerly Life Gold Pass travel)

Guidelines

The guidelines are in the process of being updated to reflect changes.

Expenditure

All expenditure under these provisions is publicly disclosed on a six-monthly basis and published on the Finance website.

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