Staff supporting parliamentarians are covered by the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 (MOP(S) Act). Under the MOP(S) Act, Determination 2020/15, Staff Travel and Relief Staff Arrangements sets out the travel arrangements for the staff of parliamentarians.

General requirements include:

  • staff may only travel as directed by their employing parliamentarian within Australia on official business
  • electorate staff travel is subject to available funds in the parliamentarian's electorate support budget (ESB)
  • staff may only travel by the most efficient direct route available
  • staff must not travel at Commonwealth expense for their personal benefit.