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Internet and telephone services in private residences

As part of your remuneration, the cost of internet and telephone services at your private residence/s are payable to you, as determined by the Remuneration Tribunal under paragraph 14(4)(c) of the Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 (PBR Act).

(clause 3.15 of Remuneration Tribunal (Members of Parliament) Determination 2019)

Eligible expenses include installation, maintenance, rental, transfer and call and data costs; but do NOT include subscription services such as Foxtel and Netflix.

Senator

For the private residence/s of a senator:

  • the cost of up to two fixed telephone services (one of the two lines may be an internet service)
  • installation, maintenance, rental, transfer and call and data costs.

If you have a second residence, you may elect for one of the services to be reimbursed in respect of the second residence. A mobile telephone service will not be substituted for a telephone service in a private residence.

Member of the House of Representatives

For the private residence/s of a member of the House of Representatives:

  • the cost of up to two fixed telephone services (one of the two lines may be an internet service)
  • installation, maintenance, rental, transfer and call and data costs.

If you have a second residence, you may elect for one of the services to be reimbursed in respect of the second residence. A mobile telephone service will not be substituted for a telephone service in a private residence.

Minister

In addition to the telephone services in your private residence/s as a senator or member of the House of Representatives, for a private residence of a Minister in Canberra:

  • the cost of an additional fixed internet and telephone service
  • installation, maintenance, rental, transfer and call and data costs for the additional service.
Parliamentary Secretary

In addition to the telephone services in your private residence/s as a senator or member of the House of Representatives, for a private residence of a Parliamentary Secretary in Canberra:

  • the cost of an additional fixed internet and telephone service
  • installation, maintenance, rental, transfer and call and data costs for the additional service.
Presiding officer

In addition to the telephone services in your private residence/s as a senator or member of the House of Representatives, for a private residence of a presiding officer in Canberra:

  • the cost of an additional fixed internet and telephone service
  • installation, maintenance, rental, transfer and call and data costs for the additional service.
Senior office holder who is a member of the Opposition

In addition to the telephone services in your private residence/s as a senator or member of the House of Representatives, for a private residence in Canberra for a senior office holder who is a member of the Opposition:

  • the cost of an additional fixed internet and telephone service
  • installation, maintenance, rental, transfer and call and data costs for the additional service.
Leader of a minority party

In addition to the telephone services in your private residence/s as a senator or member of the House of Representatives, for a private residence of a leader of a minority party in Canberra:

  • the cost of an additional fixed internet and telephone service
  • installation, maintenance, rental, transfer and call and data costs for the additional service.
Whip

In addition to the telephone services in your private residence/s as a senator or member of the House of Representatives, for a chief Government whip or chief Opposition whip in either House:

  • the cost of an additional telephone service for the whip’s private residence not in Canberra
  • the cost of an additional telephone service for the whip’s private residence in Canberra, and
  • installation, maintenance, rental, transfer and call and data costs for the additional services.

Fringe benefits tax

Please note: the payment of residential telephone, fax and internet services is a reportable Fringe Benefit  and subject to Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT).  If you receive any Reportable Fringe Benefits during the FBT year, MaPS will send you a statement after the end of the FBT year (31 March). It is important that you review the statement and inform MaPS of any changes to the information as this will affect the FBT liability payable by MaPS.

Reimbursement of accounts

Your paid telephone/internet accounts can be reimbursed on a monthly, quarterly or six-monthly basis.

To ensure confidentiality, you may wish to blank out call details or ask your provider not to itemise the call details on your invoice. It is also suggested that phone numbers be unlisted (silent).

Claims should be sent to Ministerial and Parliamentary Services electronically via the Parliamentary Expenses Management System (PEMS); or if PEMS is not able to be used, by completing Form 146.

Claims must include proof of payment.

PEMS Log On

Form 146 - Invoice Certification and Request for Reimbursement - Satellite Electorate Office, Courier or Freight Transfer Costs and Other

Costs can only be claimed for the period that you are a member or senator; and will be reported in your monthly management reports issued by IPEA.

(Please note: residential accounts that were previously moved into the Department’s name will continue without change).

Last updated: 10 December 2019