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Ministers

Salary

Prime Minister: $507.338

Deputy prime minister: $400,016

Treasurer: $365,868.75

Cabinet minister: $336,599.25

Minister: $307,329

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Charter flight when commercial fare is more expensive, not available or not feasible
  • Prime Minister has access to Air Force VIP aircraft
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Ministers are entitled to use of Air Force VIP aircraft if approved by defence minister
  • Official overseas travel and with parliamentary delegations

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position)

Family travel

Unlimited travel for partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Gifts

Politicians must declare gifts worth $300 or more from private or industry sources and $750 if from official government sources. If the politician wishes to retain the gift, they must pay the difference between its value and the allowable limit or surrender it to the government.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Prime Minister Tony Abbott Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Speaker of the House and President of the Senate

Salary

$341,477

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Official overseas travel and with parliamentary delegations
  • Charter flights for official business

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Unlimited travel for partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra. Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during question time at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Shadow ministers

Salary

Opposition Leader: $360,990

Deputy opposition leader: $307,329

Shadow minister: $243,912

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Official overseas travel for the opposition leader
  • Charter flights for office holders’ official business
  • Overseas travel with parliamentary delegations is covered by the government
  • Leader, deputy leader and Senate leader are entitled to use of Air Force VIP aircraft if approved by defence minister

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Unlimited travel for leaders’ partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Labor leader Bill ShortenLabor leader Bill Shorten Photo: Justin McManus

Parliamentary secretaries

Salary

$243,912

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Overseas travel with official visits (approved by prime minister) and parliamentary delegations
  • Entitled to use of Air Force VIP aircraft, at the discretion of their minister, if approved by defence minister

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Unlimited travel for partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Backbenchers

Salary

$195,130

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Overseas travel with parliamentary delegations
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Charter flights for electorate business for senators and members with electorates larger than 10,000 square kilometres

Travel allowances for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $395 in Sydney, $395 in Melbourne and $409 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children to join minister on interstate trips.

Sharman Stone says the Coalition needs to get more women into Parliament.Backbenchers during question time in Parliament. Photo: Andrew Meares

All members and senators

Superannuation

For politicians who entered parliament before the 2004 election:

  • 11.5 per cent of their salary for up to 18 years and 5.75 per cent after that. They also receive a lump sum payments or pension when they retire, based on years of service.
  • For politicians who entered parliament after the 2004 election:
  • Government pays 15.4 per cent of their salary into a super fund elected by the MP.

Gifts

Politicians must declare gifts worth $300 or more from private or industry sources and $750 if from official government sources. If the politician wishes to retain the gift, they must pay the difference between its value and the allowable limit or surrender it to the government.

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