A Shadow Minister may claim travelling allowance for not more than 55 overnight stays per financial year when travelling in the performance of duties or functions connected with the office of Shadow Minister, provided that:
- in the case of a Senator, the travel is outside the electoral division of the House of Representatives which contains his or her home base;
- in the case of a Member, the travel is outside his or her electorate; and
- subject to the limits and conditions outlined in section 4.3.2 below, in the case of the Shadow Minister with responsibility for the external territories, the travel is to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island, in the performance of duties or functions connected with the office of Shadow Minister. 1
The travelling allowance provided to Shadow Ministers, other than the provision to travel to the external territories, may be pooled and allocated at the discretion of the Leader of the Opposition.2 A Shadow Minister should consult the office of the Leader of the Opposition to ascertain his or her allocation of overnight stays.
The number of Shadow Ministers eligible for this provision may not exceed the number of Ministers. For the purpose of calculating the number of Shadow Ministers, all Opposition Office Holders are counted as Shadow Ministers.3
A Shadow Minister is paid Travelling Allowance at the rates determined by the Remuneration Tribunal for a Senator or Member.
Further information on travelling allowance, including how to make a claim, is outlined in the Senators and Members’ handbook.
1 Clause 3.25 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2016/08.
2 Clause 3.27 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2016/08.
3 Clause 3.26 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2016/08.