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Briefing paper

Parliamentary allowances, benefits and salaries of office

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The issue of parliamentary salaries, allowances and entitlements generates public discussion and attracts media opinion. This background note provides relevant data, hyperlinks and documents on the remuneration of Australian federal parliamentarians.

Please note that this background note is not a discussion of the history and development of entitlements policy. Nor does it argue the merits or otherwise of the current arrangements or provide a complete list of current entitlements. The publication explains the legislative basis, fixing and linking mechanisms for salaries and allowances, and those entitlements that are reported such as travel and electorate allowances. Links to the administering agencies are included for those who wish to read further on these matters.

Members of Parliament receive an Annual Allowance, an Electorate Allowance and other entitlements including travel, retirement travel (47) and superannuation. In addition Ministers and parliamentary Office-holders receive a Salary.

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