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Electorate Offices

Overarching Obligations

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.

An office or offices within your electorate, as determined by the Special Minister of State, are provided for purposes related to the conduct of your parliamentary business. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

  • Senator – one electorate office within your electorate
  • Member representing an electoral division of less than 25,000km2 – one electorate office within your electorate
  • Member representing an electoral division between 25,000km2 and 350,000km2 – 1-2 electorate offices within your electorate
  • Member representing an electoral division larger than 350,000km2 - 1-3 electorate offices within your electorate.
  • Parliamentary secretary – additional office space in your (first) electorate office, where possible

For a Member – The electorate office/s must be located within your electorate.

For a Senator - The electorate office may be located within the Commonwealth Parliament Offices in the State or Territory capital, or elsewhere within the State or Territory that you represent.

Senator

For a Senator, one electorate office within your State or Territory, as determined by the Special Minister of State, is provided for purposes related to your parliamentary business. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

Member representing an Electorate up to 5,000km2

For a Member of the House of Representatives whose electorate is less than 25,000km2, one electorate office within your electorate, as determined by the Special Minister of State, is provided for purposes related to your parliamentary business. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

Member representing an Electorate 5,000-25,000km2

For a Member of the House of Representatives whose electorate is less than 25,000km2, one electorate office within your electorate, as determined by the Special Minister of State, is provided for purposes related to your parliamentary business. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

Member representing an Electorate 25,000-300,000km2

For a Member of the House of Representatives whose electorate is between 25,000km2 and 350,000km2, one or two electorate offices within your electorate, as determined by the Special Minister of State, are provided for purposes related to your parliamentary business. The office/s must not be used for any commercial purpose.

Member representing an Electorate 350,000km2 +

For a Member of the House of Representatives whose electorate covers an area greater than 350,000km2, you may be provided with up to three electorate offices within your electorate, as determined by the Special Minister of State, for purposes related to your parliamentary business. The office/s must not be used for any commercial purpose.

Parliamentary Secretary

For a Parliamentary Secretary, additional electorate office space in your (first) electorate office, where possible and as determined by the Special Minister of State, are provided to accommodate the additional staff allocated to assist with your official duties. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

Last updated: 01 October 2019