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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.

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Signage for your electorate, Ministerial or Office Holder office, as determined by the Special Minister of State, is provided for purposes related to your parliamentary business. Signage must not be used for commercial purposes. Provision is subject to office lease conditions and any relevant approvals and requirements.

Office Signage

Your office signage must conform to the terms of the lease and local and State government requirements. Signs may include:

  • your name
  • the name of your State/Territory or Electoral Division
  • your party affiliation
  • your party logo OR the Commonwealth Coat of Arms
  • an image of you
  • office opening hours
  • contact details, including office phone and fax numbers, email address, website, your social media contact details.

Generally the Commonwealth will not meet the cost of the following:

  • additional artwork
  • A-frame/ sandwich boards (other than Mobile Office Signage)
  • free-standing and illuminated signs. However, such signage may represent value for money, particularly, for example, where an existing sign is in place and can be converted.

Display of Material Inside and Outside the Office

No signage containing material for commercial purposes, such as advertising or the logo of a business, can be displayed inside or outside the office (for further guidance see Selection and Use of Offices).

Political or election campaign material must not be displayed:

  • on the exterior walls, windows, fences etc. of a Commonwealth-funded office (including a satellite office)
  • inside the office where it is clearly visible from outside the office.

Although it is accepted that you may use your office and facilities in support of your re-election, in displaying material inside the office, you should take care to avoid the perception that your electorate, Ministerial or Office Holder office is being used as a campaign office. Note that you are personally responsible and accountable for the use of your office and you must be prepared to publicly justify it.

Last updated: 14 October 2019