Accommodation and Office Facilities

Accommodation and Office Facilities

 

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Electorate Office, Equipment and Facilities
All Senators and Members Office accommodation, as approved by the Special Minister of State, located within the Senator’s state/territory or Member’s electorate, including equipment and facilities (including for any personal staff based in the electorate office) necessary to operate the office.

Office information and communication technology equipment and facilities necessary to operate the office, as approved by the Presiding Officers.

Members representing an electorate in excess of 25,000km2 in area A second electorate office within the Member’s electorate, as approved by the Special Minister of State, including equipment and facilities necessary to operate the office.

Office information and communication technology equipment and facilities necessary to operate the office, as approved by the Presiding Officers.

 

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Office Holder Office, Equipment and Facilities
All Opposition Office Holders Office accommodation in a capital city, as approved by the Special Minister of State, usually located in the Commonwealth Parliament Offices, including equipment and facilities necessary to operate the office. Alternatively, with the approval of the Special Minister of State, a capital city office located elsewhere in a capital city, or a combined capital city/electorate office located within the Opposition Office Holder’s electorate, state or territory.

Office information and communication technology equipment and facilities necessary to operate the office, as approved by the Presiding Officers.

One recording device such as a multi-function television, DVD, video or hard drive recorder, or a combination recording device, up to a limit of $600 (excluding GST) per device.
Leader of the Opposition Office information and communication technology equipment and facilities necessary to operate the office, including mobile telephones for use by personal employees, as approved by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Two recording devices such as a multi-function television, DVD, video or hard drive recorder, or a combination recording device, up to a limit of $600 (excluding GST) per device.

 

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Office Budget
Note:

From 1 July 2015, all Senators and Members have an office budget. All purchases under the following entitlements are met from, and are subject to the limits of, the office budget:

  1. office requisites and stationery
  2. publications
  3. printing and communications
  4. flags under the constituents’ request program
  5. software.
All Senators The office budget is equivalent to the sum of:
  1. $11,500
  2. $86,271 for 2015-16 (indexed annually).
Members representing an electorate with a demographic rating, as determined by the Australian Electoral Commission, of Inner Metropolitan or Outer Metropolitan The office budget is equivalent to the sum of:
  1. $86,500
  2. $44, 416 for 2015-16 (indexed annually)
  3. the standard rate of postage multiplied by the number of enrolled voters (within the electoral boundaries of the Member’s electorate as in place at the last general election), as at the last working day in the March before the financial year (or, if an electorate comes into existence after the last working day in March of a calendar year, the number of enrolled voters, within the boundaries of the Member’s electorate, as at the close of the electoral roll for the last general election).
Members representing an electorate with a demographic rating, as determined by the Australian Electoral Commission, of Provincial or Rural The office budget is equivalent to the sum of:
  1. $86,500
  2. $45,751 for 2015-16 (indexed annually)
  3. the standard rate of postage multiplied by the number of enrolled voters (within the electoral boundaries of the Member’s electorate as in place at the last general election), as at the last working day in the March before the financial year (or, if an electorate comes into existence after the last working day in March of a calendar year, the number of enrolled voters, within the boundaries of the Member’s electorate, as at the close of the electoral roll for the last general election).

 

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Office Requisites and Stationery
All Senators and Members Office requisites and stationery as approved by the Special Minister of State, subject to the remaining funds in the Senator or Member’s office budget up to a maximum of $50,000 per financial year.

 

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Publications
All Senators and Members Publications, including electronic publications, subject to the remaining funds in the Senator or Member’s office budget.

 

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Printing and Communications
Note:

In addition to the following entitlement, all Senators and Members are entitled to the cost of transferring bulk papers between his or her electorate and Parliament House offices.

All Senators and Members Cost of commercial services for printing, the production of e-material (including design, artwork, photography and translation) and the production and maintenance of audio posters for parliamentary or electorate purposes, distribution of printed, e-material and audio posters, and the establishment and maintenance of websites, subject to the remaining funds in the Senator or Member’s office budget.

 

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Postage
All Opposition Office Holders In addition to their office budget, an Opposition Office Holder is entitled to the cost of postage in relation to official business, other than postage for bulk mail outs.

 

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Residential Telephones
All Senators and Members Two telephone lines in a Senator or Member’s private residence, or one telephone line in each of a Senator or Member’s two private residences, including all call costs, line rental, transfer costs and the installation, maintenance and rental of an answering service or equipment of a type specified by the Special Minister of State. Where a Senator or Member elects to dedicate one of these two telephone lines as a data line, the line will be installed and maintained, including the provision of a data service at the highest speed available at the Senator or Member’s residence.
All Opposition Office Holders An Opposition Office Holder is also entitled to a home telephone service in one private residence in Canberra, including the full cost of installation, maintenance, rental, call and online costs of a dedicated data line.

 

Election Campaign Support
Leader of the Opposition Additional office information technology and communication equipment, for the Leader of the Opposition during the campaign period to support the Opposition’s election campaign activities as approved by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

Photographic services for the Leader of the Opposition during the election campaign as approved by the Prime Minister.