Electorate allowance

Last updated
30 April 2021

Each senator and member of the House of Representatives is paid an electorate allowance as part of their remuneration. The amount of electorate allowance you receive is set by the Remuneration Tribunal.

If you are a senator, you will receive $32,000 per annum. If you are a member of the House of Representatives, the amount of electorate allowance you will receive depends on the size of your electorate, as follows:

Electorate Size

Electorate Allowance

Electorates of less than 2,000km2


Electorates of 2,000km2 to 4,999km2


Electorates of 5,000km2 or more


Additional electorate allowance instead of a private plated vehicle

If you elect not to be provided with a private plated vehicle, you will be paid an additional electorate allowance of $19,500 per annum in lieu of the private plated vehicle.

Reduction of electorate allowance for a non-standard private plated vehicle

If you request a non-standard private plated vehicle instead of a standard private plated vehicle, you may elect for a whole or part of any excess lease cost to be deducted from your electorate allowance.


Your electorate allowance is paid monthly in arrears with your salary. Any queries relating to the payment of electorate allowance should be referred to your parliamentary department - contact details are available on the Senators and Members Portal on the Extended Parliamentary Network.


The taxation requirements relating to electorate allowance are a matter between you and the Australian Taxation Office. The Australian Taxation Office has issued a ruling on what parliamentarians may claim as an exemption for income tax purposes. You should contact the Australian Taxation Office for further details.

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