This paper outlines the post retirement travel entitlements provided to former parliamentarians, discusses recent policy developments and provides links to material that explains retirement travel in greater detail.
Former parliamentarians are provided with a post retirement travel, severance travel or Life Gold Pass (LGP) entitlement depending on when they entered or retired from the Parliament and the length of their service in the Parliament. Retirement travel, like other parliamentary entitlements, is governed by legislation, determinations of the Remuneration Tribunal, procedural rules and decisions of the Executive. Recent reforms to retirement travel aim to limit the benefits: closing off the entitlement to the LGP to prospective members of parliament and limiting the entitlement to severance travel by former senators and members.
Following the recommendations of the Committee to Review Parliamentary Entitlements (Belcher Review) the Remuneration Tribunal (The Tribunal) conducted a work value assessment of parliamentary remuneration. The Tribunal released its initial report on the 15 December 2011 and made a statement outlining its recommendations. The recommendations included:
- the prospective closure of the LGP scheme
- termination of the present Overseas Study Travel entitlement and
- greatly limited severance travel entitlement
The Government accepted all of the recommendations of the Tribunal and introduced the necessary legislation in February 2012. This background note outlines the entitlements, discusses recent policy developments and provides links to material that explains retirement travel in greater detail.