Office accommodation and resources
The Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 imposes overarching obligations.
The dominant purpose and value for money tests and specified conditions must be met. See s25, 26, 27, 28.
The Commonwealth is not liable to pay an expense or provide a public resource where you contravene any of these obligations (s29, PBR Act).
The Minister may determine that the Commonwealth must provide you with the following for your parliamentary business:
- One or more offices in your electorate
- For Ministers (other than Parliamentary Secretaries), and certain office holders, an office or offices
- Public resources reasonably required for the conduct of your parliamentary business in offices provided by the Commonwealth.
These offices and resources must not be used for any commercial purpose.
Any commercial use of offices or office resources means the Commonwealth is not liable to cover expenses relating to the resource; and you will be required to repay the amount of the claimed resource and a 25% penalty loading may apply.
Last updated: 04 February 2020