Part Three Accommodation and Office Facilities - 3.2 Offices Outside Parliament House

3.2 Offices Outside Parliament House

An Opposition Office Holder is entitled to office accommodation in a capital city, as approved by the Special Minister of State.1 Ministerial and Parliamentary Services arranges the lease and fit-out of an Opposition Office Holder’s capital city office accommodation.

An Opposition Office Holder’s capital city office will usually be located in the Commonwealth Parliament Offices in the State or Territory where the Opposition Office Holder resides, but may be in another capital city. Suite allocations are arranged by Ministerial and Parliamentary Services.

With the approval of the Special Minister of State, an Opposition Office Holder’s capital city office may be located elsewhere in the capital city, or may be a combined capital city/electorate office located within the Opposition Office Holder’s electorate.

The establishment, relocation, extension or refurbishment of an Opposition Office Holder’s capital city office, or a combined capital city/electorate office, requires the prior approval of the Special Minister of State.

The Special Minister of State has authorised the Presiding Officers to approve office information technology equipment and facilities necessary to operate the office.2

3.2.1 Office Equipment and Facilities

There is no additional entitlement to office requisites or stationery as an Opposition Office Holder. Opposition Office Holders may select office stationery and minor equipment from the same range that is provided to Senators and Members for use in electorate offices, subject to the limits of the Opposition Office Holder’s office requisites and stationery entitlement as a Senator or Member.

Opposition Office Holders are also entitled to the following office equipment and furniture:

  • a postage meter in addition to that provided to Senators and Members for electorate office use3
  • executive standard furniture for the Opposition Office Holder
  • a range of standard furniture and equipment for personal employees
  • a television (which may be a multi-function television) up to the value of $900 (excluding GST)
  • one audiovisual recording device (being a multi-function television; a video recorder; a DVD recorder; a Hard Drive recorder; or a combination recording device) up to the value of $600 (excluding GST).4

In addition, the Leader of the Opposition may be provided with:

  • petty cash, up to a limit of $500 per financial year
  • an additional television (which may be a multi-function television) up to the value of $900 (excluding GST)
  • an additional audiovisual recording device (being a multi-function television; a video recorder; a DVD recorder; a Hard Drive recorder; or a combination recording device) up to the value of $600 (excluding GST)
  • Office equipment during a Federal election campaign period to support the Opposition’s election campaign activities, as approved by the Special Minister of State, or in the case of office information technology (IT) equipment provided for a Federal election campaign period, as approved by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

3.2.2 Office IT Equipment and Facilities

Opposition Office Holders are provided with office information technology equipment and facilities to operate their capital city office, as approved by the Presiding Officers.5 The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is responsible for the administration of IT in Opposition Office Holders’ offices. Opposition Office Holders should contact DPS’ 2020 Service Desk if they have any queries about their IT entitlement or requests for IT equipment and facilities.

3.2.3 Additional Equipment and Facilities in the Home

In addition to an Opposition Office Holder’s entitlement to home telephone services as a Senator or Member, an Opposition Office Holder is entitled to:

  • the full cost of a home telephone service in Canberra
  • the full cost of a home telephone service at the nominated principal place of residence
  • for a dedicated data line associated with one of the above home telephone services:
    • the full cost of installation, maintenance and rental of the line
    • all call and online costs.6

Footnotes

1  Item 5, Part 2, Schedule 1 to the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990

2  Instruments of Authorisation made under the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990: Provision of Office Information Technology to Members of the House of Representatives and Provision of Office Information Technology to Senators .

3  Sub item 7(b), Part 2, Schedule 1 to the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990.

4  Item 5, Part 2, Schedule 1to the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 and B08/80..

5  See the Instruments of Authorisation for the provision of office information technology to Members of the House of Representatives and to Senators.

6  Subitems 6(1) and 6(1A) of Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990.