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Offices for Ministers and certain office holders

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).

Minister

For a Minister (but not a Parliamentary Secretary), an office, as determined by the Minister, is provided for your official duties. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

The Ministerial office is generally in addition to your electorate office, although you may have a combined Ministerial/electorate office.

Where the offices are not combined, the Minister may determine the establishment of a Ministerial office located within your electorate, the capital city of your state/territory or, subject to availability, a permanent office within the Commonwealth Parliament Offices (CPO). Typically, this would be in the CPO in the State or Territory where you reside, but may be in the CPO in another capital city. CPO suites are allocated by Ministerial and Parliamentary Services and are subject to availability.

Relevant Legislation:
s73(1) Parliamentary Business Resources Regulations 2017
Presiding officer

An office, as determined by the Minister, is provided for your official duties. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

The office holder office is in addition to your electorate office, although you may have a combined office holder/electorate office. Where the offices are not combined, your office holder office:

  • will usually be located in the Commonwealth Parliament Offices (CPO) in the State or Territory where you reside, but may be in another capital city. CPO suites are allocated by Ministerial and Parliamentary Services and are subject to availability; or
  • may be separate office located elsewhere, usually in your capital city.
Relevant Legislation:
s73(2) Parliamentary Business Resources Regulations 2017
Senior office holder who is a member of the Opposition

An office, as determined by the Minister, is provided for your official duties. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

The office holder office is in addition to your electorate office, although you may have a combined office holder/electorate office. Where the offices are not combined, your office holder office:

  • will usually be located in the Commonwealth Parliament Offices (CPO) in the State or Territory where you reside, but may be in another capital city. CPO suites are allocated by Ministerial and Parliamentary Services and are subject to availability; or
  • may be a separate office located elsewhere, usually in your capital city.
Relevant Legislation:
s73(2) Parliamentary Business Resources Regulations 2017
Leader of a minority party

An office, as determined by the Minister, is provided for your official duties. The office must not be used for any commercial purpose.

The office holder office is in addition to your electorate office, although you may have a combined office holder/electorate office. Where the offices are not combined, your office holder office:

  • will usually be located in the Commonwealth Parliament Offices (CPO) in the State or Territory where you reside, but may be in another capital city. CPO suites are allocated by Ministerial and Parliamentary Services and are subject to availability; or
  • may be a separate office located elsewhere, usually in your capital city.
Relevant Legislation:
s73(2) Parliamentary Business Resources Regulations 2017

Last updated: 12 February 2020