The Acts of Parliament, related Regulations and Determinations of the Remuneration Tribunal that are listed below establish the framework of work expenses provided to current and former parliamentarians. These Acts, Regulations and Determinations may be viewed on the Federal Register of Legislation website by following the links below:
- Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 – provides for:
- - remuneration - including base salary and additional office holder’s salary, some superannuation arrangements, private-plated vehicles, telephone lines etc.
- - work expenses, allowances and other public resources to be provided (as prescribed by the regulations or determined by the Minister) where (except for insurance, legal assistance for Ministers and parliamentary injury compensation) it is for the dominant purpose of conducting parliamentary business.
- - compliance and enforcement measures, including repayment.
- - the role of the Remuneration Tribunal in determining remuneration and rates of allowances.
- - when remuneration and allowances commence and cease.
See too the Explanatory Memorandum to the Act.
- Parliamentary Business Resources Regulations 2017 – provide for travel expenses, travel allowances, work expenses, public resources (including office accommodation and equipment), insurance and legal assistance for Ministers schemes.
See too the Explanatory Statement to the Regulations.
- Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Act 2017 establishes the IPEA and its functions.
- Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 – established the Remuneration Tribunal which performs functions under the PBR Act, including determining remuneration and certain matters relating to work expenses, such as domestic travelling allowance.
- Ministers of State Act 1952 – sets the number of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries and provides for their salaries and additional allowances.
- Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948 – established the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Scheme (PCSS). Membership of the PCSS is compulsory for all parliamentarians, who entered Parliament before the general election of 9 October 2004.
- Parliamentary Superannuation Act 2004 – establishes superannuation accumulation arrangements for all parliamentarians entering or re-entering the Federal Parliament on or after the general election of 9 October 2004. Under this Act, the Government pays a superannuation contribution to a complying superannuation fund (other than a self-managed superannuation fund) or to a Retirement Savings Account of their choice.
- Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002 – sets out the terms and conditions under which former Prime Ministers and their spouses are eligible for travel at Australian Government expense, which must not be for commercial or personal purposes.
- Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Regulations 2002 (regulations to the Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002) defines the phrase ‘exceptional circumstances’ for the purposes of the ‘stop-over’ provisions of the Act.
- Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2017/23: Members of Parliament – determines the remuneration of parliamentarians (including base salary, office holder’s salary, private plated vehicles, internet and telephone in private residences etc.), rates of Australian travel allowance for travel within Australia, the amount of private vehicle allowance, and the amount of Canberra daily allowance to be provided to parliamentarians, and allowances and expenses of former parliamentarians.
- Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2017/24: Parliamentary Retirement Travel – determines the qualifications for Parliamentary Retirement Travel.
- Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 – provides for the employment of staff, by parliamentarians, on behalf of the Commonwealth. The terms and conditions of employment of staff are determined primarily by determinations made under this Act, the relevant Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement and the Fair Work Act 2009.
- Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019
Determinations and Delegations relating to Parliamentarians, Former Prime Ministers and their Employees
Determinations and Delegations made by the Minister or Prime Minister under authority provided by relevant legislation and legislative instruments concerning parliamentarians, former Prime Ministers and their employees.
- Parliamentary Business Resources (Parliamentary Business) Determination 2017 – determines the activities which fall within the four duty streams of parliamentary business (parliamentary duties, electorate duties, party political duties and official duties). See the Explanatory Statement to the determination.
- Parliamentary Business Resources (Office Holder) Determination 2017 – determines the parliamentarians that are office holders for the purposes of the PBR Act and PBR Regulations. See the Explanatory Statement to the determination.
- Parliamentary Business Resources (Preferred Providers) Determination 2017 – determines the providers that a parliamentarian must use in relation to providing, or arranging for the provision of, specified public resources.
- Parliamentary Business Resources (Commonwealth Transport) Determination 2017 – determines when Commonwealth Transport (COMCAR and Special Purpose Aircraft) may or must be used by parliamentarians.
- Parliamentary Business Resources (Canberra-based self-drive vehicle) Determination 2017 – determines when a Canberra-based self-drive vehicle and the usual costs of maintaining and operating the vehicle may be provided for use by a parliamentarian in and around Canberra for the dominant purpose of conducting parliamentary business.
- Parliamentary Business Resources (Special Minister of State) Delegation (No. 1) 2017 –delegates specified powers, functions or duties of the Minister under the PBR Act to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or Department of Finance officials.
- Parliamentary Business Resources (former Prime Ministers) Determination 2017 – determines public resources available to former Prime Ministers for use in their official capacity as a former Prime Minister. See the Explanatory Statement to the determination.