Part Four Travel - 4.3 External Territories

4.3 Australia’s External Territories

4.3.1 Travel

The Shadow Minister with responsibility for Australia’s external territories may travel on scheduled commercial/commuter air services at Australian Government expense 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

4.3.2 Travelling Allowance

The Shadow Minister with responsibility for Australia’s external territories may claim travelling allowance for overnight stays in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island up to a maximum of seven overnight stays per financial year, within the maximum of 55 overnight stays per financial year available to each Shadow Minister. The following conditions apply:

  • the travel is for the performance of duties or functions connected with the office of Shadow Minister;
  • the relevant Shadow Minister submits, with reasonable notice prior to departure, a statement in writing to the Leader of the Opposition and the Special Minister of State setting out:
    • his or her intention to travel to the external territory or territories;
    • an overview of the purpose or purposes of the visit; and
    • the period of the visit and proposed itinerary;
  • the entitlement applies to only one Shadow Minister with responsibility for the external territories at any one time;
  •  if, during the course of a financial year, there is more than one Shadow Minister with responsibility for the external territories, any subsequent relevant Shadow Ministers are only entitled to the remainder of the allocation of seven overnight stays that has not already been used in the financial year;
  • if, during the course of a financial year, a general election occurs and there is a change of Government, the relevant Shadow Minister with responsibility for the external territories following the change of Government is entitled to a proportionate amount of the seven overnight stays per financial year; 2 and
  • a Shadow Minister who has an entitlement to travel to an external territory may be accompanied at Australian Government expense by personal employees.3

Footnotes

1  Clause 3.5(e) of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04.

2  Clause 3.26 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2014/16 and subsection 6(1) of the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990.

3  Item 8 of Schedule A to Determination 2011/10 made under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984.