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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.
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 Commonwealth may provide you with an office or offices within your electorate (electorate office), as determined by the Minister, for the conduct of your parliamentary business. Your electorate office/s must not be used for any commercial purpose.

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

For a member of the House of Representatives – The electorate office/s must be located within your electorate.

For a senator - The electorate office may be located within the Commonwealth Parliament Offices (CPO) in the State or Territory capital where you reside, or elsewhere within the State or Territory that you represent. CPO suites are allocated by Ministerial and Parliamentary Services and are subject to the availability.

Senator

For a senator, one electorate office within your State or Territory, as determined by the Minister, may be provided for the conduct your parliamentary business. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

Member of the House of Representatives 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 Minister, may be provided for the conduct of your parliamentary business. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

Member of the House of Representatives 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 Minister, may be provided for the conduct of your parliamentary business. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

Member of the House of Representatives representing an electorate 25,000-300,000km2

For a member of the House of Representatives whose electorate is between 25,000km2 and 350,000km2, a maximum of two electorate offices within your electorate, as determined by the Minister, may be provided for the conduct of your parliamentary business. The office/s must not be used for any commercial purpose.

Electorates 25,000km2 - 350,000km2

  • Barker
  • Calare
  • Capricornia
  • Eden-Monaro
  • Farrer
  • Flynn
  • Gippsland
  • Indi
  • Leichhardt
  • Lyons
  • Mallee
  • New England
  • Riverena
  • Wannon
Member of the House of Representatives representing an electorate 350,000km2 +

For a member of the House of Representatives whose electorate covers an area greater than 350,000km2, a maximum of three electorate offices within your electorate, as determined by the Minister, may be provided for the conduct of your parliamentary business. The office/s must not be used for any commercial purpose.

Electorates greater than 350,000km2

  • Durack
  • Grey
  • Kennedy
  • Lingiari
  • Maranoa
  • O'Connor
  • Parkes
Parliamentary Secretary

For a Parliamentary Secretary, additional electorate office space in your (first) electorate office, where possible and as determined by the Minister, may be 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: 06 February 2020