Employing family members

Last updated
30 April 2021

Parliamentarians cannot employ immediate family under the MOP(S) Act. This includes:

  • spouses
  • de facto partners
  • children
  • parents
  • siblings
  • children of their spouse or de facto partner
  • their child’s spouse or de facto partner
  • their sibling’s spouse or de facto partner.

If a parliamentarian enters into an employment arrangement with immediate family, the employment will not be employment under the MOP(S) Act and will not be governed by the MOP(S) Act. 

Parliamentarians are permitted to employ the family members of other parliamentarians as determined in Determination 2013/12 - Determination of condition on exercise of power of Office-Holders, Senators and Members of the House of Representatives (see related resources).

After body