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Canberra-based vehicles

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 following office holders may request a Commonwealth-leased Canberra-based vehicle to conduct their parliamentary business while they are in Canberra:

  • a senior office holder who is a member of the Opposition (i.e. the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in each House of the Parliament)
  • a Shadow Minister*
  • a leader of a minority party
  • a party whip

* The total number of cars provided to Shadow Ministers (including Shadow Ministers who are senior office holders) cannot exceed the total number of Ministers.

The Canberra-based vehicle must be predominantly used and garaged in Canberra.

An eligible member may only select and use a Canberra-based vehicle in accordance with their obligations under the Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017. If the dominant purpose test, value for money obligation, or any condition pertaining to Canberra-based vehicles is contravened, any amount that relates to the contravention which is not repaid within 28 days attracts a 25 per cent penalty loading that is a debt due to the Commonwealth.

In addition, your Canberra-based vehicle must be taken into account when considering travel within Canberra by other means, such as COMCAR, taxis and regulated ridesharing services. Your ability to claim transport costs for travel in Canberra by other means may be impacted in circumstances where you could have reasonably used your Canberra-based vehicle.

Canberra-based vehicles are serviced, maintained, insured and fuelled at Australian Government expense.

Last updated: 12 February 2020