Parliamentarians’ Entitlements

The Department of Finance administers a number of entitlements provided to current and former Senators, Members of Parliament, and their employees.

Parliamentary Entitlements Framework

Senators, Members of Parliament and their employees are provided with entitlements under a framework of legislation, legislative instruments and a series of procedural rules, guidelines, determinations, administrative procedures and authorisations made by successive responsible Ministers.

Entitlements Handbooks and Summaries

A suite of entitlements handbooks and summaries is produced by Ministerial and Parliamentary Services to provide information to Senators and Members on the Parliamentary entitlements provided to them.

Former Parliamentarians’ Travel

Former Senators and Members are provided with a post retirement travel, severance travel or Life Gold Pass entitlement which is dependent on when they entered or retired from the Parliament and the length of their service in the Parliament. Note, legislation to change the Life Gold Pass entitlement is currently before the Parliament, and the Government has asked the Remuneration Tribunal to consider changes to the post retirement travel and severance travel entitlements.

Committee for the Review of Parliamentary Entitlements

On 8 September 2009, the Government announced a number of reforms to the parliamentary entitlements framework in response to the Australian National Audit Office’s report, Administration of Parliamentarians’ Entitlements by the Department of Finance and Deregulation [External SitePDF Document 5.16 MB]. At the same time, the Government referred broader matters for future reform to the parliamentary entitlements framework to an independent Committee.

The Committee comprised: Ms Barbara Belcher AM, former First Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Chair); Mr John Conde AO, President of the Remuneration Tribunal; Ms Jan Mason, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Finance; and Professor Allan Fels AO, former ACCC Commissioner and then Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

On 24 March 2011, the Special Minister of State tabled the Committee’s report in the Parliament and announced that the Government had accepted the Committee’s recommendation to restore the independent Remuneration Tribunal’s powers in relation to parliamentary base salary.

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Review of the Administration of Parliamentary Entitlements

The Department of Finance commissioned a review of the Administration of Parliamentary Entitlements by Ms Helen Williams AO, former Secretary of the Department of Human Services.  Ms Williams provided her report to the Department in January 2011.

The Department accepted and implemented all of Ms Williams’ recommendations.

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