A Senator or Member is provided with the cost of installation, rental, transfer (of the account), and all call costs from two telephone lines and the installation, maintenance and rental of one telephone answering service or equipment in his or her private residence.1 A mobile telephone service may not be substituted for a telephone line in the private residence.
A Senator or Member may nominate one of the two telephone lines to be used exclusively as a dedicated data line.2 Data services are offered at the highest speed available at a Senator or Member’s residential location (e.g. National Broadband Network, ADSL or ISDN). A Senator or Member who wishes to access this service should initially contact their Ministerial and Parliamentary Services State Manager, who will arrange access to an account.
Senators and Members with an existing account who wish to vary their plan may do so on the relevant website. In areas where data services with the contracted supplier are not available, Senators and Members should discuss options with their Ministerial and Parliamentary Services State Manager.
A Senator or Member with a second residence may elect to have one of the telephone lines in the second residence.3
Senators and Members need to advise Ministerial and Parliamentary Services, using the Nomination of Telephone Services in a Private Residence form (Form 16) of the location and numbers of the telephone services to be met at Commonwealth expense. Copies of the form are available to Senators, Members and their employees from the Ministerial and Parliamentary Services website. Additional form(s) may be required by the contracted telecommunications supplier. Ministerial and Parliamentary Services then makes the necessary arrangements to transfer the accounts.
Accounts, excluding call details, are forwarded to Ministerial and Parliamentary Services, which pays the supplier direct. Costs are reported in the Senator or Member’s monthly management report.
1 Clause 11.1 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04.
2 Clause 11.2 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04.
3 Clause 11.1 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04.