Former Parliamentarians’ Travel

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

The Government has asked the Remuneration Tribunal to consider changes to post retirement travel.

Eligibility

A former parliamentarian is provided with post retirement travel or a Life Gold Pass (LGP), depending on the length of their service in the Parliament and when they retired from the Parliament.

The LGP scheme is closed to those who entered or re‑entered the Parliament on or after 6 March 2012.

For those Senators and Members who entered the Parliament prior to 6 March 2012, the relevant qualifying period outlined in the table below must be served by the first time they leave the Parliament after 6 March 2012 in order to be eligible for a LGP:

If you have served for Then you
20 years as a Senator, Member or Parliamentary Secretary qualify for LGP Travel
the life of 7 Parliaments as a Senator, Member or Parliamentary Secretary qualify for LGP Travel
1 year or more as a Prime Minister qualify for LGP Travel
less than 1 year as Prime Minister treble your service as a Prime Minister and add to your period(s) of service as a Senator or Member. If the total is greater than or equal to 20 years service, then you qualify for LGP Travel
6 years or more as a Minister, Presiding Officer or Leader of the Opposition qualify for LGP Travel
less than 6 years as a Minister, Presiding Officer or Leader of the Opposition treble your service as a Minister, Presiding Officer or Leader of the Opposition and add to your period(s) of service as a Senator or Member.  If the total is greater than or equal to 20 years service, then you qualify for LGP Travel

A parliamentarian who retires from the Parliament on or after 15 March 2012 and who does not qualify for a LGP is entitled to Post Retirement Travel, as provided by Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04:  Members of Parliament – Entitlements.

Guidelines

The following guidelines are intended to inform post retirement travellers and LGP holders of the provisions available to them under Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04 and the Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002 (LGP Act) respectively:

Expenditure

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

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