Each senator and member of the House of Representatives is paid an electorate allowance.
The amount of electorate allowance is the same for all senators, but varies with the size of the electorate for members of the House of Representatives. The Remuneration Tribunal has set the annual amount of electorate allowance for Senators as $32,000 and the rates for members of the House of Representatives as follows:
(clause 2.8 of Remuneration Tribunal (Members of Parliament) Determination 2019)
|Electorate Size||Electorate Allowance|
|Electorates of less than 2,000km2||$32,000|
|Electorates of 2,000km2 to 4,999km2||$38,000|
|Electorates of 5,000km2 or more||$46,000|
Additional electorate allowance instead of a private plated vehicle
If you elect not to be provided with a private plated vehicle, you will be paid an additional electorate allowance of $19,500 per annum in lieu of the private plated vehicle.
(clauses 3.11 to 3.14 of Remuneration Tribunal (Members of Parliament) Determination 2019)
Payment of electorate allowance
Your electorate allowance is paid monthly in arrears with your salary. Any queries relating to the payment of electorate allowance should be referred to your House Department - contact details are available on the Senators and Members Portal on the Extended Parliamentary Network.
Reduction of electorate allowance for a non-standard private plated vehicle
If you request a non-standard private plated vehicle instead of a standard private plated vehicle, you may elect for a whole or part of the excess lease cost to be deducted from your electorate allowance.
Taxation of electorate allowance
The taxation requirements relating to electorate allowance are a matter between you and the Australian Taxation Office. The Australian Taxation Office has issued a ruling on what parliamentarians may claim as an exemption for income tax purposes. You should contact the Australian Taxation Office for further details.
Last updated: 30 January 2020