Staff allowances

Last updated
30 April 2021

Electorate staff allowance (ESA)

MOP(S) Act employees employed in an ongoing or non-ongoing capacity against an established electorate officer position may be eligible to receive electorate staff allowance (ESA) (see related resources). ESA is allocated by the employing parliamentarian to the Electorate Officer positions in their office.

ESA is paid where an employee is expected to work reasonable additional hours beyond their ordinary hours of work. ESA is applicable to a position not an individual. Employees are not entitled to overtime. 

The allocation of ESA must be in accordance with the Enterprise Agreement (see related resources) and the guideline on electorate staff allowance. To opt out or vary the level of ESA complete the ESA allocation form (see related resources) and email to MaPS Help Desk.

Note: Under the new Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2020-23, which came into effect on 5 August 2021, Electorate Staff Allowance (ESA) is changing from a position-based system to an employee-based system. Further information on the new ESA arrangements can be found on in the Enterprise Agreement explainer. The guideline will be updated. Up to date ESA rates, and ESA allocations by electorate are available under related resources.

Parliamentary staff allowance (PSA)

Ongoing and non-ongoing personal employees are paid parliamentary staff allowance (PSA) for working reasonable additional hours beyond their ordinary hours of work.

To opt out of receiving PSA, contact the MaPS Help Desk.

Corporate responsibility allowance (CRA)

Work Health & Safety Site Officers, First Aid Officers, Emergency Officers and Staff Assistance Officers are entitled to a corporate responsibility allowance (CRA) (see related resources) for their duties within the role.

MaPS will send a Work Health and Safety nomination form to employing parliamentarians when a position becomes vacant in their office.

The completed nomination form is to be scanned and emailed to MOPSWHS@finance.gov.au.

The nominated employee will be contacted by the Department of Finance or the relevant training provider to arrange training.

Travelling allowance

MOP(S) Act employees are entitled to claim travelling allowance when they are required to travel on official business and where that travel requires an overnight stay away from their work base.

Travel for MOP(S) Act employees is administered by the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA).

To claim travel allowance, send the completed IPEA - staff travelling and/or motor vehicle allowance claim form, along with relevant supporting documents, such as accommodation receipts, to forms@ipea.gov.au.

Motor vehicle allowance

MOP(S) Act employees will be paid motor vehicle allowance (see related resources) when directed by their employing parliamentarian to travel using their privately owned vehicle on official business.

To claim motor vehicle allowance, send the completed IPEA - Staff travelling and/or motor vehicle allowance claim form, along with relevant supporting documents to forms@ipea.gov.au.

Allowance in lieu of private plated vehicle (PPVA)

Senior staff with the classification of Principal Adviser, Chief of Staff or Senior Adviser may request a private-plated vehicle (PPV) or can elect to receive private-plated vehicle allowance (PPVA) of $25,082 per annum in lieu of a PPV.

Part-time employees working 30 hours per week or more will receive the full PPVA rate. Employees working less than 30 hours will receive a pro rate PPVA rate.

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