Parliamentarians Travel


This part of the website provides guidance to parliamentarians about the new parliamentary work expenses framework starting 1 January 2018.   

For further assistance, contact IPEA on (02) 6215 3000 or email enquiries [at]

On this page you will find information about:

Principles-Based Framework

From 1 January 2018, as a parliamentarian you must ensure that any expenditure for parliamentary business is consistent with a number of legislated principles.

As a parliamentarian, you must comply with these principles when claiming any travel expenses.

The new Principles-Based Framework requires that parliamentarians':

  • use public resources for the dominant purpose of parliamentary business
  • conduct their parliamentary business in a way that achieves value for money
  • meet any conditions connected to expenses and allowances they claim
  • are prepared to be personally responsible and accountable for their use of public resources in the conduct of their parliamentary business
  • are prepared to publicly justify their use of public resources in conducting their parliamentary business, and
  • act ethically and in good faith in using, and accounting for the use of, public resources in the conduct of their parliamentary business.

More information is available on the Principles-Based Framework.

What is Parliamentary Business?

‘Parliamentary business’ includes activities that fall within four streams:

  • parliamentary duties: covers activities of the parliamentarian that relate directly to the parliamentarian’s role
  • electorate duties: activities of the parliamentarian that support or serve their constituents
  • party political duties: activities of the parliamentarian that are connected with both their political party and their membership of the Parliament
  • official duties: activities that relate to the parliamentarian’s role as an office holder or Minister.

As a parliamentarian, you should be aware of changes to domestic, charter and international travel arrangements that come into effect from 1 January 2018 as part of the new expenses framework.

Further information on Parliamentary business is available in the Parliamentarians Business Resources (Parliamentary Business) Determination 2017.

More Information?

  • For travel related queries, contact IPEA on phone (02) 6215 3000 or email enquiries [at]
  • Additional information on the new Principles-Based Framework can be found on the Legislative Framework page.
  • For all other work expense matters, phone (02) 6215 3542 for parliamentarians' or (02) 6215 3333 for MOP(S) Act employees or email mpshelp [at]