A Resettlement Allowance is paid, under limited conditions, to certain Senators and Members who retire involuntarily from the Parliament.1
In order to be eligible for the allowance, a Senator or Member must ‘retire involuntarily’ from the Parliament by:
- choosing not to stand for re-election following loss of party endorsement, for reasons other than misconduct, or
- being defeated at an election (including an election where the Senator or Member has campaigned to be elected to represent a different electoral division, or to the other House of the Parliament).2
The Senator or Member must also:
- have first been elected before 9 October 2004 and their retiring allowance under the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948 is not payable immediately on retirement because of the deferral provisions of that Act, or
- have first been elected on or after 9 October 2004 and declare in writing to the Clerk of the relevant House of Parliament that it is his or her intention to seek employment on leaving Parliament.3
A retiring Senator or Member who meets these conditions will be paid a Resettlement Allowance equal to three months of the base salary at the rate current on the date that the Parliament is prorogued prior to the election.4
If a Senator or Member receives a Resettlement Allowance, he or she will also be paid an additional three months of the base salary at the same rate as the Resettlement Allowance if he or she is:
- a Senator for a state and has served more than three full years in the Parliament, or
- a Member, or a Senator for a territory, and has served more than one full term in the Parliament.5
For the purposes of the payment of the additional allowance, the period of service referred to is the period of continuous service that ceases when the Senator or Member retires involuntarily.6
The House Departments are responsible for paying the Resettlement Allowance to eligible Senators and Members. Any queries relating to the Resettlement Allowance should be referred to the relevant House Department. Contact details are available to Senators, Members and their employees from the Ministerial and Parliamentary Services help desks or on the Senators and Members’ Portal on the Extended Parliamentary Network.
1 Section 4 of the Parliamentary Allowances Act 1952 and clauses 9.6‑9.8 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04.
2 Clause 9.6(a) of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04.
3 Clause 9.6(b) of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04.
4 Clause 9.7 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04.
5 Clause 9.8 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04.
6 Clause 9.8 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04.