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Review of Parliamentary Entitlements Committee Report April 2010


Terms, Abbreviations and Acronyms

A - B


Act (of Parliament)

A law made by parliament.  A Bill that parliament has passed and has received Royal Assent.

Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO)

The functions and activities of the Australia Government are administered in accordance with the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO).  The AAO is promulgated from time to time by the governor-general on the recommendation of the prime minister.  The AAO establishes the principal matters or government outcomes to be dealt with by each Department of State, and the Acts of Parliament to be administered by each minister.


Australian Electoral Commission


Australian National Audit Office


Officer of the Order of Australia


The Australian Government Photographic Service administers photographic services at parliament house under the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990.

Authorised person

A senator or member may authorise another person to perform certain functions set out in the parliamentary entitlements framework.




Australia's federal parliament comprises two chambers – the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Chamber refers to both the meeting room and the role as a law-making body.

Chamber departments

The Department of the Senate and the Department of the House of Representatives provide support services to the respective chambers.

the committee

Committee for the Review of Parliamentary Entitlements


A constituent is someone who votes or lives in an electorate or area represented by a member of parliament.


COMCAR administers car-with-driver services for certain public officials including the governor-general, the prime minister, other office holders, members of the judiciary, senators and members and visiting dignitaries.




Delegated authority to spend public money and other powers under a relevant Act.

Designated person

A person who is nominated by a senator or member to access certain domestic travel entitlements provided by the Remuneration Tribunal.  Eligibility to be nominated is strictly limited and the conditions are set out in Clause 2.8 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2006/18.


The decision of a delegate empowered by legislation to decide an outcome.  The term applies to a decision handed down by a tribunal (for example determinations of the Remuneration Tribunal).



Entitlements framework

The federal parliamentary entitlements framework, which comprises of a mixture of primary legislation, regulations, Remuneration Tribunal determinations, procedural rules, executive decisions, accepted conventions and administrative practices.

Electorate office

Office accommodation provided to a senator or member in their electorate.

the executive

The executive is the administrative arm of government.




Department of Finance and Deregulation


Freedom of Information

the framework

The parliamentary entitlements framework, including procedural rules and guidelines and copies of the entitlements handbooks provided to senators and members.



the government

The Australian Government, which may also be referred to as the Commonwealth or federal government.

the guide

A Guide to the Entitlements of Senators and Members, issued by the Department of Finance and Deregulation.



the handbook

Senators and Members’ Entitlements handbook.

Home base

Refers to the principal place of residence.  For an employee under the MOP(S) Act, the home base must be in the state where the employee spends most time on duty (Canberra or the electorate).




Information Technology



Life Gold Pass

An entitlement of qualifying former senators and members for a number of return trips each financial year, anywhere in Australia.



Member of Parliament (MP), member

A Member of Parliament or a member usually refers to a person who is elected to the House of Representatives.  In certain instruments, the generic term member of parliament may be used to cover both senators and members.

the minister

The Special Minister of State.

MOP(S) Act

The Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984, which covers the employment of staff by all federal parliamentarians.

MOP(S) Act employees

Employees under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984.

N - O



If a spouse is not nominated, a senator or member may nominate another person to receive equivalent travel entitlements provided under determinations of the Remuneration Tribunal.

P - Q


PCS Act 1948

Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948.  Note:  entry to the scheme provided under this Act ceased with the introduction of the Parliamentary Superannuation Act 2004.

PE Act

Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990.

PE Regs

Parliamentary Entitlements Regulations 1997.

Personal employee

A MOP(S) Act employee other than an electorate employee or ministerial consultant.


A minister's area of responsibility.

Private-plated vehicle (PPV)

A vehicle leased by the Commonwealth  and provided to senators and members, which they can use for parliamentary, electorate or official business, family travel and private purposes, but not for commercial purposes.

Presiding officer

The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

the protocol

Protocol for handling Allegations of Misuse of Entitlements by a Member or Senator - The protocol sets out administrative arrangements for investigating possible misuse of entitlements by a senator or member.

PS Act

Public Service Act 1999.

PSA 2004

Parliamentary Superannuation Act 2004.


Postal Vote Applications.



R&A Act

Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990


Under the authority of an Act of Parliament, the technical, administrative or regulatory rule required for the operation of legislation.  It gives detailed effect to an Act.

Relief budget

The annual budget allocated to each member for engaging relief staff in his/her electorate office, which provides for employment of electorate employees over and above the staffing available against established positions.

Remuneration Tribunal

The Remuneration Tribunal is an independent statutory body that handles the remuneration of key Commonwealth offices.

RT Act

Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973



Senior officer 

A senior officer means a minister, an opposition office holder or a presiding officer.

Severance traveller

Retired member of parliament who does not qualify as a Life Gold Pass holder.


Special Minister of State.

Staffing allocations

Staffing allocations are the number of positions allocated by the prime minister under the MOP(S) Act.

T - V



Formal presentation of a document or article to parliament

Tools of trade

Non-remuneration resources provided to senators and members to perform their duties as a member of parliament.

W - Z



A whip is a party manager in parliament who is responsible for organising members of the party to take part in debates and votes, and who assists in arranging the business of a house of parliament.


Appendix 5: Travelling Allowance Claims during Election Campaigns


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