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 2017/13: Members of Parliament – Entitlements.
Effective from 1 July 2017, the Remuneration Tribunal amended the provisions of Post Retirement Travel to:
- reduce the number of return trips to three
- reduce the period in which these can be utilised to within three months after the parliamentarian has retired
- change the class of travel to economy
- abolish the grandfathered provisions as they will have no effect from that date.
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)|
The guidelines are in the process of being updated to reflect changes.
Expenditure under these provisions is publicly disclosed.
The Department of Finance was responsible for administering parliamentarians' expenditure until the final reporting period to December 2016.
Reports after January 2017 are published on the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) website.