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Allowance in lieu of a private plated vehicle

If you elect not to be provided with a private plated vehicle, an allowance of $19,500 per annum (known as ‘additional electorate allowance’) is payable to the senator or member.

The additional electorate allowance is only payable with respect to one private plated vehicle.

If you wish to receive the additional electorate allowance in lieu of a private plated vehicle, you must email the VIP sgfleet manager who will advise your State Manager and your House Department.

An election has no effect if:

  1. you have been provided with a private plated vehicle for less than 12 months; or
  2. the Commonwealth would incur administrative or other expenses (for example, lease cancellation fees) as a result of ceasing to provide a private plated vehicle and you have not reimbursed the Commonwealth for those expenses.

Upon making an election to receive additional electorate allowance, you will no longer to be provided with a private plated vehicle.

You may subsequently request a private plated vehicle, however this may not be done until at least 12 months has transpired after your election to receive additional electorate allowance. Upon the provision of the vehicle, the additional electorate allowance ceases to be payable.

An allowance in lieu of a private plated vehicle is provided to you as part of your remuneration. However, you should be aware that there are limitations on whether you can claim transport costs for travel in circumstances where, if you had a private plated vehicle, you could reasonably use that vehicle. For example, a senator or member of the House of Representatives who chooses an allowance instead of a private plated vehicle could reasonably be expected to use the allowance instead of claiming taxi costs in circumstances where a private plated vehicle could otherwise be reasonably used.

Last updated: 12 December 2019