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Can I use the printing and communications entitlement for radio or TV advertisements?

No, the printing and communications entitlement must not be used for the placement or the production of television or radio content.

However, a Senator or Member may use the entitlement for the costs of commercial services for establishing and maintaining websites. Advertisements may appear on such websites and their production costs may be met from the office budget, providing the advertisement meets the requirements of the printing and communications entitlement.

Can I use the printing and communications entitlement to meet the costs of photography?

Yes, the costs of photography can be met from the office budget provided that the photos result in printed and/or e‑material. Such material must meet the requirements of the printing and communications entitlement and be paid for under the entitlement. The costs of photography must be directly related to the photos that are used, and may include commercial costs for the hire of equipment such as lighting, stands or unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).

Can I use the printing and communications entitlement to meet the costs of video production?

Yes, costs related to video production can be met from the office budget provided that the video is not used for the placement or the production of television or radio content, and meets the requirements of the printing and communications entitlement.

The video must be used for parliamentary or electorate purposes, and not for party business, commercial services or television and radio advertising.

Costs are limited to payment for the direct services associated with the production of a video, such as a videographer, and not for secondary services such as a ‘film’ director or production coordinator.

Can I use the printing and communications entitlement to meet the costs of memberships to professional networking websites?

No, costs related to professional networking website memberships cannot be met under the printing and communications entitlement.

If I print material in-house, using my electorate office facilities, can it be distributed under the printing and communications entitlement?

Yes, but there are some limitations.

As the entitlement covers both printing and distributing material, rules that limit what can be printed under the entitlement also apply to what material can be distributed under the entitlement. This means that you can print material in-house and distribute it under the printing and communications entitlement if::

Will I be considered to be soliciting subscriptions or other financial support if I host a function where cost recovery occurs? For example, a town hall community meeting where tea and cakes are provided for a ‘gold coin’ donation; or a breakfast with a small cover charge to cover costs?

A function which seeks a fee for attendance to purely cover the anticipated costs of hosting the function (i.e. does not operate at a profit), would not be seeking to provide financial support for a Senator or Member, political party or candidate, and therefore would not constitute party business as defined in the Parliamentary Entitlements Regulations 1997.

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