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What is the current base salary for MPs?
The parliamentary base salary is $203,030 per year, effective from 1 July 2017.

Applies to: Parliamentary offices

What is the "total remuneration" for a Member of Parliament?
There is no 'total remuneration' for parliamentarians as the concept is usually understood, and as it applied for some offices in the Tribunal's jurisdiction (for example, full-time office holders). However, the remuneration of parliamentarians, Ministers and Parliamentary office holders can be said to be made up of several components:

All Senators and Members of the House of Representatives receive a base salary.
Additional salary is payable to those parliamentarians who are also Ministers or Parliamentary office holders. Since December 1999, additional salary has been expressed as a percentage of MPs' base salary.
 
The Tribunal makes recommendations to the Government on Ministers' additional salary although the Government may accept or reject the Tribunal's advice. The Tribunal last reported on 27 September 2012 - Report Number 1 of 2012.
 
The Tribunal may also determine additional salaries for Parliamentary Office Holders. (The current determination "Members of Parliament - Base Salary Additional Salary for Parliamentary Office Holders and related matters" is available on the Parliamentary Offices page of the Tribunal website).
 
Superannuation is not determined by the Tribunal but is governed by the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948 and the Parliamentary Superannuation Act 2004. All questions on parliamentary superannuation should be directed to the Department of Finance.
 
The Tribunal also determines some transport and work facilities allowances for MPs, including a private plated vehicle.

Applies to: Parliamentary offices

What is Electorate Allowance?
Electorate Allowance is an expenses of office allowance payable to Senators and Members, including Ministers and Parliamentary office holders, to reimburse them for costs necessarily incurred in providing services to their constituents. Any part of the allowance that is used for allowable electorate expenses, as decided by the Commissioner of Taxation, is not subject to income tax.

The Members of Parliament - Entitlements determination (available on the Parliamentary Offices page of the Tribunal website) sets out the current rates of Electorate Allowance.

Applies to: Parliamentary offices

What is the Life Gold Pass?
The Life Gold Pass was introduced by the Federal Government after the 1918 Premiers' Conference. The Tribunal first considered the Pass in 1976 after a referral from the Government. The Pass is provided to long-serving parliamentarians in recognition of their years of service, and enables retired MPs to travel within Australia at Government expense for non-commercial purposes.

Following passage through the Parliament of the Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002, the Tribunal has the power to set qualifying periods for access to the Pass.  These qualifying periods are set out in the current Members of Parliament - Entitlements determination (available on the Parliamentary Offices page of the Tribunal website).

It should be noted that recent legislative changes have abolished this entitlement prospectively, so that the Pass is no longer available to those who enter or re-enter the parliament at or after 6 March 2012.

Applies to: Parliamentary offices

How do the salary levels of Federal parliamentarians affect the pay of State and Territory parliamentarians?
The Tribunal only determines the salaries of members of the Australian Parliament. Under Australia's federal system, States and Territories make their own arrangements in relation to parliamentary pay.

 
Information on State and Territory parliamentarians' base pay and additional remuneration can be found on the Parliament House website, in a paper titled 'Parliamentary Remuneration' prepared by the Department of the Parliamentary Library.

Applies to: Parliamentary offices