Social media costs incurred by Senators and Members may be met under the printing and communications entitlement, provided that:
- the cost relates to a commercially provided service
- the material is for parliamentary or electorate purposes
- the material is not for party business or commercial purposes.
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The printing and communications entitlement may be used for costs associated with advertising on facebook, provided that the material being monitored complies with the above requirements.
Social Media Monitoring
Where a Senator or Member’s website allows comments to be posted, or includes a social media or RSS feed, the cost of commercial services for monitoring and managing the content on the Senator or Member’s website may be met provided the website content complies with the above requirements.
The cost of commercial email services used to distribute emails may be paid under the printing and communications entitlement, provided that the material distributed complies with the above requirements.
Online Survey Tools
Online survey tools can be used, for example, to gauge the views and opinions of constituents. The costs related to these tools can be paid under the printing and communications entitlement provided that the surveys comply with the above requirements.
Prepayments and Progressive Payments
Prepayments or progressive payments relating to all of the above items cannot be made on the basis that M&PS must be satisfied that a commercial service has been delivered prior to payment.