Frequently asked questions

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Can the existing level of remuneration be reviewed?
Yes. To seek a review of remuneration, a submission requesting such a review and outlining reasons must be put to the Tribunal, (ideally by the employing body in the case of PEOs). Guidelines are available on the website. The guidelines note that it is preferable to include an indication of support from the responsible Minister.

Applies to: Part time; Full time; Principal Executive offices

When is employer provided parking a benefit and how do you calculate it?

Parking at the main office location of a Secretary or other Full Time Public Office Holder, where there is a cost to the Commonwealth, is regarded as a Benefit to that office holder and the value is considered part of Total Remuneration, even where the office holder doesn't have a Commonwealth provided vehicle. 

Any fringle benefits tax (FBT) that applies in relation to that car park is included in the cost to the Commonwealth, and therefore should also be included in the calculation of the Benefit.

A Class B parking permit to allow short stay parking in Commonwealth designated spaces would normally be regarded as a Business Support expense to the Department.


Applies to: Full time; Secretaries; Principal Executive offices





Can an office holder receive TA if they have to travel from an outer suburb to a meeting location?

No - Travel usually means interstate travel. For intrastate travel to be captured, it would be expected to be of a considerable distance (possibly involving a flight). TA is only payable in relation to an overnight absence.


Applies to: Part time; Full time; Secretaries; Principal Executive offices


Can an office holder who is entitled to reunion travel use that allowance to bring his or her family to or from his/her place of work?

The purpose of reunion travel is to enable an office holder to return to his/her principal place of residence and to reunite with family members still resident there.

However, in exceptional circumstances, where the office holder certifies that his/her workloads and responsibilities of office prevent him or her from travelling to his/her principal place of residence for reunion purposes, reunion travel by the office holder's partner and/or a child or children of the office holder or his or her partner, whose normal place of residence is the office holder's principal place of residence, can be funded within the financial limits of the allowance.

Travel by a person other than the office holder must be at economy class and only be used for direct travel between the office holder's principal place of residence and office location.


Applies to: Full time; Secretaries; Principal Executive offices