4.6 Travelling Allowance

4.6 Travelling Allowance

An Opposition Office Holder may claim travelling allowance at specified office-holder rates determined by the Remuneration Tribunal for each overnight stay in a place other than his or her home base when that stay is occasioned primarily by:

  • sittings of the House of Parliament (of which he or she is a member) or direct travel to or from such sittings;
  • official business as an Opposition Office Holder;
  • meetings of, or the formal business of, Parliamentary committees of which he or she is a member, or direct travel to or from such meetings;
  • meetings in Canberra of his or her Parliamentary political party, of its executive of or of its committees, or direct travel to or from such meetings;
  • meetings of his or her Parliamentary political party executive outside of Canberra or direct travel to or from such meetings; or
  • meetings, other than in Canberra, of a Parliamentary political party, or of its executive, or of its committees, and attendance at the national and state conferences of a political party of which he or she is a member, and meetings outside the electorate on electorate business up to a maximum of ten overnight stays per annum in total, and direct travel to or from such meetings or conferences.1

Meetings of a Parliamentary political party, of its executive, or one of its committees, and the national conference of a political party, must be properly constituted.2

An Opposition Office Holder is not eligible to receive travelling allowance for a particular overnight stay from more than one source.3

4.6.1 Home Base

The ‘home base’ of an Opposition Office Holder is his or her principal place of residence as nominated to the Special Minister of State.4

If an Opposition Office Holder is required to spend continuous periods in Canberra on official business, the ‘home base’ is the place of residence which the Opposition Office Holder maintains and to which he or she would ordinarily return, if the Opposition Office Holder were not required to spend the continuous periods in Canberra on official business.5

4.6.2 Claiming Travelling Allowance

When claiming travelling allowance, an Opposition Office Holder is required to complete Form 4: Parliamentarian’s Travel Declaration.

Information on how to make a claim is outlined in the Senators and Members handbook.

 4.6.3 Rates

Travelling allowance is paid to Opposition Office Holders on the basis of an overnight stay.

There is no provision for part-day travel. An Opposition Office Holder may claim travelling allowance for the preceding night at the location of his or her destination when the scheduled or actual arrival time at the destination is 6:00am or earlier. 6 An Opposition Office Holder whose scheduled or actual arrival time at his or her destination is after 6:00am will not be eligible for payment of travelling allowance for the preceding night.7

An Opposition Office Holder travelling between Western Australia or the Northern Territory and Canberra on Parliamentary business, who is required to break a journey, may be paid travelling allowance in accordance with the prescribed rates, only where the Opposition Office Holder certifies that the break in journey was caused by there being no same-day connecting flight reasonably available.8

Footnotes

1  Clause 3.8 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2016/08. (The specified office holder rates are set out in column 2 of Schedule A as provided by Clause 2.3 of that determination.)

2  Clause 1.6.2 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2016/08.

3  Clause 3.2 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2016/08.

4  Clause 1.4.2 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2016/08.

5  Clause 1.4.2 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2016/08.

6  Subsection 6(3) of Procedural Rule No. 1 of 2005.

7  Subsection 6(4) of Procedural Rule No. 1 of 2005.

8  Clause 3.10 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2016/08.