The provision of furniture and major office equipment for your electorate, ministerial or office holder office is determined by the Minister. These resources must only be used for the dominant purpose of your parliamentary business, and must not be used for any commercial purpose.
Your MaPS state or territory office arranges the supply, maintenance and replacement of office furniture and major office equipment and coordinates the information and communications technology equipment provided by the Department of Parliamentary Services.
After your election you will be allocated the furniture and equipment of the outgoing parliamentarian. This is to ensure value for money as required by the PBR Act. The MaPS state and territory offices also re-allocate spare furniture and equipment between electorate offices. In some instances, you may have discretion in the selection of office furniture – for example, a desk chair for your office. Where you exercise discretion in the selection of resources, your obligation to ensure value for money continues to apply.
For training in operating equipment (other than minor office equipment purchased from your annual budget for office expenses), as well as repairs, maintenance and replacement of office furniture and equipment, contact your MaPS state or territory office.
These machines automatically fold and insert mail and flyers into envelopes. They are supplied by MaPS’ contracted supplier, Pitney Bowes.
Additional furniture and equipment
Portfolio or parliamentary departments may provide additional furniture, equipment or other resources for offices of Ministers, Assistant Ministers and Presiding Officers outside the PBR Act.
You may purchase minor office equipment, including accessories, consumables, repairs and maintenance from your annual budget for office expenses. However, you should be mindful not to introduce work health and safety risks to your office. For example chair mats may only be purchased if recommended following an ergonomic assessment.
Privately-owned office equipment
You may, at your own expense, install privately-owned equipment in your office (including items purchased using your electorate allowance). This must be done in consultation with your MaPS state or territory office.
MaPS does not maintain or support privately-owned equipment in your office. You are personally responsible for insurance, maintenance and ensuring the safe use of such equipment.
MaPS maintains an official asset register of relevant furniture and equipment it supplies to you and carries out annual stocktakes. These items remain the property of the Commonwealth, including relevant items purchased from your annual budget for office expenses.
Report all lost, damaged or stolen items by emailing lost/stolen/damaged property report (see related resources) to your MaPS state or territory office.
ICT and support provided by DPS
DPS provides hardware to connect each electorate, ministerial and office holder office and Commonwealth Parliament Offices to Parliament House through the Australian Parliament House (APH) Network (commonly referred to as the Extended Parliamentary Network).
Once you and your staff have completed a Parliamentary Computing Network (PCN) agreement (available from DPS), you will be given access to the ParlICT website to view the equipment and services available to you, including:
- desktop computers and peripherals
- portable computers (including laptops and tablets) and peripherals
- smartphones, mobile phones and mobile phone plans
- mobile broadband devices and plans
- printers (including label and copy printers), scanners and multi-function devices
- digital remote access tokens
- ICT training, including face-to-face and eLearning
DPS’ 2020 Service Desk provides advice and support on the APH Network, ICT equipment and services.
Video and teleconferencing
Teleconferences can be arranged through the Chorus Call teleconferencing service. DPS has rolled out Office 365 to parliamentarians’ offices, with video conferencing and chat capabilities available within Microsoft Teams. All documents and information shared in the application are managed and supported by DPS.
DPS’ 2020 Service Desk provide advice and support on setting up teleconferences and using Microsoft Teams.
Privately-owned ICT equipment
If you intend to use privately purchased ICT equipment or software at your office including items purchased using your electorate allowance, contact DPS to ensure compatibility and seek their approval prior to use.
Your MaPS state office organises your fixed-line telephone system installation. If you experience problems with your telephone system, contact your MaPS state or territory office.
Telephone costs are paid by MaPS and included in your expenditure reports published by IPEA. They are not subject to your annual budget for office expenses.
MaPS arranges listings for parliamentarians in the White Pages and the Sensis online network directories.
Parliamentarians with electorates that contain multiple call charge areas (i.e. various STD Codes) may request a 1300 number through their MaPS state or territory office. This reduces call costs for constituents.