Part Four Travel - 4.4 Car Transport

4.4 Car Transport

In addition to his or her entitlements to use car transport as a Senator or Member, a Shadow Minister is entitled to use car transport at Australian Government expense in the capital city of the state in which he or she resides when travelling on duties or functions connected with the office of Shadow Minister.1

A Shadow Minister has access to:

  • car-with-driver services including
    • COMCAR;
    • hire cars; and
    • taxis; and
  • short-term self-drive vehicles; and
  • a Canberra-based private-plated vehicle (PPV) on long-term hire, in lieu of COMCAR (see section 4.4.1 below).

Details relating to the arrangement of car transport services, including car-with-driver services and short-term self-drive vehicles, are set out in the Senators and Members’ Entitlements handbook.

Enquiries about the entitlement to car transport should be directed to the relevant Ministerial and Parliamentary Services Entitlements Manager, or to the Entitlements Management Branch of Ministerial and Parliamentary Services.

A Shadow Minister (like all Senators and Members) may not access more than one mode of car transport concurrently. Certified invoices provided to Ministerial and Parliamentary Services should note that the travel relates to official functions or duties as a Shadow Minister.

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4.4.1 Long-term Self-drive Vehicle in Canberra (Canberra-based Private Plated Vehicle)

A Shadow Minister may elect to be provided with a Canberra-based self-drive private plated vehicle (PPV) on long-term hire. Conditions of using the vehicle are as follows:

  • the vehicle must be garaged in Canberra;
  • it may be used:
    • for travel outside Canberra for Parliamentary, official or private purposes, and
    • for direct travel between Canberra and the Shadow Minister’s electorate, or for a specific return trip to Canberra;
  • it may be used for private purposes, but not for commercial purposes, and
  • as the vehicle is provided in lieu of COMCAR in Canberra, it is expected that a Shadow Minister will only require the use of COMCAR in Canberra:
    • for direct travel between Parliament House, or his or her accommodation in Canberra, and Canberra Airport;
    • to attend a vice-regal, parliamentary, diplomatic or official function; and
    • where the Shadow Minister has a specific concern for his or her personal safety or security. 2

Vehicles are supplied by a whole-of-government Fleet Provider and are covered by the same insurance arrangements that apply to all Senators and Members’ PPVs. Ministerial and Parliamentary Services meets the cost of fuel, maintenance, insurance and registration.  

Further information on PPVs is available in the Senators and Members’ Entitlements handbook, including conditions and arrangements for leasing a PPV, Australian Government-provided fuel cards, parking, traffic and parking fines and tolls.


1  Clause 4.13 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04 and Procedural Rule No. 1 of 2012.

2  Clause 4.8 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2012/04 and Procedural Rule No. 1 of 2012.