You may claim, against your office expenses budget, signage, facilities and equipment to assist you to conduct your parliamentary business at a mobile office within your electorate – for example, at community fairs, markets and exhibitions.
Mobile office facilities and equipment could include a marquee to provide coverage when you are conducting your parliamentary business outdoors, and other necessary items such as a table and chairs, or the cost of an exhibition booth for indoor events.
Vehicle vinyl wrapping is also permitted as mobile office signage if the vehicle is used as your mobile office. With all private-plated vehicle signage, any costs levied by the contracted lease provider to repair any resulting damage will be your personal responsibility. You may only claim signage which identifies or directs constituents to your mobile office location, and in quantities that are adequate to achieve this purpose.
Mobile office expenses:
- must not solicit a vote for anyone (including a political party), solicit financial or non-financial support or party memberships, nor include an advertisement pursuing a commercial purpose
- may include wording and/or symbols for the purpose of identifying or directing constituents to the mobile office location
- must not contain issues-based or election campaign material (for example, ‘Say yes/no to [Issue]’ or ‘Vote for [campaign policy])
- must conform to the terms of any local government requirements, for example, regarding placement and construction
- must be easily movable. For example, eligible signage may include an A-frame or pull-up banner. Fixed billboards or signs that are incorporated into fixed structures are not claimable.
Mobile office expenses are included in your expenditure reports published by the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA).