Part One Introduction - 1.1  Overview

1.1 Overview

Ministerial and Parliamentary Services, a division in the Department of Finance (referred to throughout this handbook as Ministerial and Parliamentary Services’), has prepared this handbook.

This handbook summarises the resources provided to a Shadow Minister in addition to, or in substitution for, those provided to a Senator or Member. Generally, only the specific resources available to a Shadow Minister are provided in this handbook, but in some cases, the total resources available to a Shadow Minister (that is, as a Shadow Minister and as a Senator or Member) are outlined.

This handbook complements the Senators and Members’ handbook, prepared by Ministerial and Parliamentary Services, and other information issued by the Department of the Senate, the Department of the House of Representatives and the Department of Parliamentary Services.

The additional resources available to a Shadow Minister are provided by decisions of the Government, determinations of the Remuneration Tribunal and by the following legislation:

  • Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984
  • Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
  • Parliamentary Entitlements Regulations 1997.

The relevant Remuneration Tribunal determinations are listed on Parliamentary Legislative Framework.

The additional resources provided to a Shadow Minister cease when they cease to be a Shadow Minister. 


A Shadow Minister is individually accountable for his or her use of parliamentary resources and is required to certify that work expense claims are in accordance with the relevant provisions. Information regarding accountability for use of parliamentary resources, including certification processes and record keeping is set out in the Senator and Members’ handbook.