Entitlements Summary - Travel

Travel

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Unlimited Travel on Scheduled Commercial Transport
Notes:

Maximum cost of travel is the business class airfare, for the most reasonable and usual route between the departure and destination points, or economy class airfare where no business class fare is published (other than where a Shadow Minister cannot travel by air on medical grounds, in which case the Special Minister of State may approve payment of the full fare on an alternative mode, or modes, of transport).

All Shadow Ministers Travel within Australia (excluding the external territories) on parliamentary, electorate or official business (as defined by Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04: Members of Parliament – Entitlements).
The Shadow Minister with responsibility for the external territories Travel to Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island, in the performance of duties or functions connected with the office of the Shadow Minister.
Northern Territory Senators and the Member for Lingiari Travel to Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island on electorate business.
Member for Canberra and ACT Senators Travel to Norfolk Island on electorate business.
Member of a parliamentary committee Travel to Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island on committee business.

 

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Special Charter
All Shadow Ministers When travelling on parliamentary, electorate or official business in special cases, such as where no scheduled commercial services exist or a Senator or Member would be unduly delayed by the use of scheduled services, the Special Minister of State may approve the use of charter transport by a Shadow Minister.

 

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Electorate Charter
Notes:

Covers the hire of charter aircraft and other vehicles for travel within and for the service of the electorate.

Includes the hire of an accredited driver to provide relief driving services (not a member of the Shadow Minister’s family or staff).

Unused entitlement, up to a maximum of 20 per cent of the annual budget, can be rolled over from one year to the next.

A Shadow Minister can be accompanied by his or her spouse, staff, and other Senators and Members.  Other passengers can accompany the Shadow Minister provided a larger aircraft/vehicle is not required (cost recovery may apply).

Northern Territory Senators $65,760 per year.
Queensland or Western Australian Senators $26,490 per year.
New South Wales, Victorian, South Australian or Tasmanian Senators $14,860 per year.
Members representing electorates 300,000km2 or more in size $120,000 per year.
Members representing electorates 100,000km2 to 299,999km2 in size $38,190 per year.
Members representing electorates 25,000km2 to 99,999km2 in size $21,160 per year.
Members representing electorates 10,000km2 to 24,999km2 in size $10,420 per year.

 

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Travelling Allowance
All Shadow Ministers An allowance set by the Remuneration Tribunal to cover the cost of accommodation, meals, and incidentals for each overnight stay in a place other than the Shadow Minister’s home base when that stay is primarily due to:
  1. sittings of Parliament, or direct travel to or from such sittings;
  2. meetings or formal business of a parliamentary committee of which the Senator or Member is a member, or direct travel to or from such meetings;
  3. functions representing a Minister or Presiding Officer, or direct travel to and from such functions;
  4. meetings in Canberra of a Senator or Member’s parliamentary political party, its executive or its committees, or direct travel to or from such meetings;
  5. meetings outside Canberra of a Senator or Member’s parliamentary political party executive, or direct travel to or from such meetings;
  6. meetings outside Canberra of a Shadow Minister’s parliamentary political party, its executive, its committees, its national conference, or its state conference, and meetings outside the Shadow Minister’s electorate on electorate business (limited to a maximum of 10 nights per year in total), or direct travel to or from such meetings;
  7. official government, parliamentary or vice-regal functions;
  8. meetings of a non-statutory body of which a Shadow Minister has been nominated to attend by resolution of either House of the Parliament as a representative, or alternate representative, of the Parliament;
  9. meetings of a Government advisory committee or task force of which the Shadow Minister is a member;
  10. visits to an external territory (other than Antarctica) on parliamentary business; or
  11. visits to an external territory, where prior to the visit the Special Minister of State is provided with a statement in writing setting out fully the period of the visit, the proposed itinerary, and that the purpose of the journey is for committee business.
  12. Travel in the performance of duties or functions connected with the office of a Shadow Minister for not more than 55 overnight stays per year.
The Shadow Minister with responsibility for Australia’s external territories Eligible for travelling allowance for overnight stays in Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island up to a maximum of seven overnight stays per financial year, within the maximum of 55 overnights stays per financial year available to each Shadow Minister.
Northern Territory Senators Eligible for 66 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within the Northern Territory away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.
All Senators other than Senators from the Northern Territory Eligible for 30 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within his or her state away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.
Members representing electorates 10,000km2 to 19,999km2 in size Eligible for 16 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within his or her electorate away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.
Members representing electorates 20,000km2 to 99,999km2 in size Eligible for 25 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within his or her electorate away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.
Members representing electorates 100,000km2 to 999,999km2 in size Eligible for 75 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within his or her electorate away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.  Members representing an electorate of 300,000km2 or more in size may use up to 30 of these nights per year for overnight transit stops at the nearest major transport centre where they are unable to access their electorate through direct flights from within their electorate.
Members representing electorates 1,000,000km2 or more in size Eligible for 90 nights of travelling allowance per year for each overnight stay within his or her electorate away from his or her home base when travelling on parliamentary or electorate business.  Members may use up to 30 of these nights per year for overnight transit stops at the nearest major transport centre where they are unable to access their electorate through direct flights from within their electorate.
Members representing electorates less than 10,000km2 in area with islands or separate regional areas at least 100km from the main body of the electorate Eligible for six nights of travelling allowance per year for electorate business on those islands or in those separate regional areas.
Member for Bowman Eligible for six nights of travelling allowance per year for electorate business on North Stradbroke Island.
Northern Territory Senators and the Member for Lingiari Eligible for 18 nights of travelling allowance per year for visits to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and/or Christmas Island for electorate business.
ACT Senators and the Member for Canberra Eligible for 11 nights of travelling allowance per year for visits to Norfolk Island for electorate business.
ACT Senators or Members or a Member representing an electorate adjacent to the ACT whose principal place of residence is within a 30km radius of Parliament House Daily expense allowance of $85 per day for each day that he or she attends in Canberra:
  1. sittings of Parliament;
  2. meetings of the Senator or Member’s parliamentary political party, its executive, or its committees; or
  3. meetings of a parliamentary committee of which the Senator or Member is a member.

 

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Unlimited Car Transport
All Shadow Ministers When travelling on parliamentary business, meetings of a parliamentary political party, or of its executive, or its committees, and the national conference of the Shadow Minister’s political party, transport:
  1. between home, electorate office, or place of business and the nearest airport or railway station (or the nearest airport or railway station which provides reasonable transport services for the travel);
  2. in Canberra and locations within a 30km radius of Parliament House;
  3. in other capital cities and regional centres, except within the city/centre in which the Shadow Minister resides or has an electorate office, and between capital cities and regional centres; and
  4. on visits in the course of parliamentary committee business.

A Shadow Ministers may use car transport in Canberra for personal emergencies (such as medical and dental treatment), funerals and other compassionate circumstances, and personal services such as religious services and banking where these services are not available in Parliament House.

When a break is required on a journey to or from Canberra on parliamentary business, transport between airport or railway station and place of accommodation.

Car transport in the capital city or the state in which he or she resides when travelling on duties or functions connected with the office of the Shadow Minister.

 

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Private-Plated Vehicle
All Shadow Ministers Provision of an Australian-made private-plated vehicle and all running and maintenance costs for use on parliamentary, electorate or official business, family travel and private purposes.  The vehicle cannot be used for commercial purposes.

A Shadow Minister can elect to be provided additional electorate allowance of $19,500 per year in lieu of a private-plated vehicle.  The cost of transport within and for the service of the Shadow Minister’s electorate can be met by the Shadow Minister from this additional electorate allowance.

In addition to the above vehicle, at the request of a Shadow Minister, provision of a private-plated vehicle in Canberra in lieu of COMCAR. The number of Shadow Ministers (including shadow parliamentary secretaries) qualifying for a Canberra-based private‑plated vehicle is not to exceed the number of Ministers (including Parliamentary Secretaries).  Where the number of Shadow Ministers exceeds the number of Ministers, the Leader of the Opposition is to advise the Department of Finance which members of the Shadow Ministry are eligible to be provided with a Canberra-based private-plated vehicle.
Members representing electorates that are 300,000km2 or more in size At the request of the Member, the private-plated vehicle provided can be a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Members representing electorates that are 300,000km2 or more in size and Senators representing the Northern Territory In addition to the private-plated vehicle mentioned above, at the request of the Shadow Minister, the provision of a four‑wheel drive vehicle and all running and maintenance costs for use on parliamentary, electorate or official business, family travel and private purposes.  The vehicle cannot be used for commercial purposes.  The lease costs for this additional vehicle are met from the Shadow Minister’s electorate allowance or electorate charter entitlement.

 

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Private Vehicle Allowance
All Shadow Ministers The lesser of a business class airfare, or private vehicle allowance at Australian Public Service rates, for travel in a privately‑owned vehicle on parliamentary business between home and Canberra, or part of the way between home and Canberra.

Where there is no convenient scheduled air service to connect with a flight to Canberra from the airport or railway station nearest to the Shadow Minister’s home base, private vehicle allowance at Australian Public Service rates for travel in a privately-owned vehicle between home and the nearest airport practicable to connect with a flight to Canberra.

 

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Parking
All Shadow Ministers Reimbursement of up to $240 for parking the Shadow Minister’s private-plated vehicle, or a privately-owned vehicle, at a terminus (e.g. an airport or railway station), when travelling from that terminus under entitlement.

 

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Overseas Delegation Travel
All Shadow Ministers The cost of travel overseas as a member of a Parliamentary Delegation within a program approved by the Prime Minister including: fares no higher than business class, charter travel for the delegation accommodation of an appropriate standard, meals, equipment and clothing allowance and official hospitality.

The class of travel may be downgraded to extend the overseas travel or offset the cost of an accompanying spouse.

 

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Official Overseas Travel
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Entitlement is limited to the value of four first class around-the-world airfares per year.

Use of the entitlement by any Opposition Senator or Member other than the Leader of the Opposition is at the discretion of the Leader of the Opposition.

Opposition Senators and Members other than the Leader of the Opposition Subject to the entitlement limit, travel overseas on official business by:
  1. other Opposition Senators and Members, as approved by the Leader of the Opposition (including fares, accommodation, meals incidentals and equipment and clothing allowances); and
  2. up to two accompanying staff members (at business class or a lower class);

The following costs for other Opposition Senators and Members, as approved by the Leader of the Opposition, that are not subject to, or met from the entitlement limit:

  1. medical and hospital services; and
  2. baggage insurance.

 

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Life Gold Pass
Note:

Legislation to change the Life Gold Pass entitlement is currently before the Parliament.

A Life Gold Pass is provided to a Shadow Minister who entered Parliament before 6 March 2012 on retirement from the Parliament, subject to the retiring Shadow Minister meeting the following qualifying periods before they first leave the Parliament on or after 6 March 2012:

  1. Prime Minister – one year
  2. Minister (other than the Prime Minister), Presiding Officer or Leader of the Opposition (Senior Office Holder) – six years
  3. Parliamentary Secretary, Senator or Member – 20 years or the life of seven Parliaments.
Former Prime Minister who has retired from Parliament 40 return trips per year within Australia, excluding the external territories, for non-commercial purposes, on scheduled commercial services.

Note, legislation is currently before the Parliament to retrospectively change, with effect from 14 May 2014, the parliamentary retirement travel entitlement of a retired former Prime Minister to 30 domestic return trips per year and to require that all parliamentary retirement travel is for the public benefit.

Former Senior Office Holder who has not held office as Prime Minister, who met the qualifying period for parliamentary retirement travel on or before 13 May 2014, and who retires before 1 July 2020 10 return trips per year within Australia, excluding the external territories, for non-commercial purposes, on scheduled commercial services.

Note, legislation is currently before the Parliament to:

  1. limit the parliamentary retirement travel entitlement of a former Senior Office Holder to 10 domestic return trips per year for a period of six years from their retirement, or until the second end of a Parliament to occur after their retirement (if retirement occurs during a Parliament – two full parliamentary terms), whichever is the lesser period;
  2. cease the entitlement, of Senior Office Holders who retired prior to 13 May 2008; and
  3. require that all parliamentary retirement travel is for the public benefit.

These entitlement changes take retrospective effect from 14 May 2014.

Former Senator or Member (other than a Senior Office Holder) who has not held office as Prime Minister who met the qualifying period for parliamentary retirement travel on or before 13 May 2014, and who retires before 1 July 2020 10 return trips per year within Australia, excluding the external territories, for non-commercial purposes, on scheduled commercial services.

Note, legislation is currently before the Parliament to:

  1. reduce the parliamentary retirement travel entitlement of a former Senator or Member (other than a Senior Office Holder) to five domestic return trips per year for a period of three years from their retirement, or until the next end of a Parliament to occur after their retirement (if retirement occurs during a Parliament – one full parliamentary term), whichever is the lesser period;
  2. cease the entitlement of former Senators and Members (other than Senior Office Holders) who retired prior to 13 May 2011; and
  3. require that all parliamentary retirement travel is for the public benefit.

These entitlement changes take retrospective effect from 14 May 2014.

 

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Post Retirement Travel
Note:

The Government has asked the Remuneration Tribunal to consider changes to the post retirement travel entitlement.

All Shadow Ministers who retired from the Parliament on or after 15 March 2012 who did not qualify for a Life Gold Pass on retirement Post Retirement travel between the former Shadow Minister’s home base and either Canberra or a location or locations where the former Shadow Minister had a publicly-funded electorate office on a maximum of five return trips within the first six months after his or her retirement from the Parliament.

The cost of a return trip is limited to the cost of the business class airfare for the most reasonable and usual route between the departure and destination points, or the economy class airfare where no business class fare is published (other than where a former Shadow Minister cannot travel by air on medical grounds, in which case the Special Minister of State may approve payment of the full fare on an alternative mode, or modes, of transport).