An Opposition Office Holder’s access to his or her entitlements is primarily facilitated by the Ministerial and Parliamentary Services division of the Department of Finance (Finance), the Parliamentary Departments and the Attorney-General’s Department.
The following is a list of those items defined under the entitlements framework that can be met by Finance. Any costs incurred that fall outside this list will not be met by Finance.
Ministerial and Parliamentary Services is responsible for:
- payment of travelling allowance
- the cost of entitled travel within Australia by the Opposition Office Holder and his or her employees, spouse (or de facto partner) or nominee and dependent children (limited)
- the provision of a private‑plated vehicle (PPV) in the Opposition Office Holder’s electorate
- the provision of a PPV, based in Canberra, in lieu of COMCAR
- the cost of travel overseas on official business by the Leader of the Opposition and other members of the Opposition (as approved by the Leader of the Opposition), including the travel costs of accompanying personal employee(s)
- office accommodation (including for personal staff) in the electorate, together with equipment, facilities, office requisites and stationery necessary to operate the office, as approved by the Special Minister of State for provision to all Senators and Members
- additional office accommodation in a capital city, together with equipment and facilities necessary to operate the office, as approved by the Special Minister of State
- postage for use in relation to official business as an Opposition Office Holder, other than postage for bulk mail-outs. This entitlement is in addition to the printing and communications entitlement provided to all Senators and Members
- the cost of additional official residential telephone and dedicated data line services for use by the Opposition Office Holder
- payment for certain photographic services, as approved by the Prime Minister under regulation 3F of the Parliamentary Entitlements Regulations 1997. For example, the provision of photographic services to the Leader of the Opposition during an election campaign
- payment of salaries and allowances of personal and electorate employees employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984
- learning and development for electorate and personal employees, including training on certain computer systems (beyond the usual computer training for the Standard Operating Environment funded by the Department of Parliamentary Services) and a professional development program
- airline lounge memberships for nominated employees of an Opposition Office Holder.
The Opposition Office Holder’s Chamber Department provides:
- payment of salary as a Senator or Member, payment of additional salary as an Opposition Office Holder, Electorate Allowance and (where applicable) Resettlement Allowance
- office accommodation in designated offices in Parliament House
- facilities and equipment in Parliament House.
The Department of Parliamentary Services arranges the installation, repair and replacement of information technology equipment, software and network infrastructure. It also funds training for the Standard Operating Environment.
The Attorney-General’s Department monitors and, where appropriate, coordinates protective security arrangements, based on the assessed level of threat and risk to an Opposition Office Holder.
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