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Parliamentary Business Resources Bill 2017

2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

Parliamentary Business Resources Bill 2017

 

No.      , 2017

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide resources to and in relation to persons who are, were or will be members of the Parliament, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

Division 1—General provisions                                                                               1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 2

4............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 3

Division 2—Definitions                                                                                                 5

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 5

6............ Meaning of parliamentary business ................................................. 10

7............ Meaning of office holder ................................................................... 11

8............ Meaning of complying superannuation fund .................................... 11

9............ Expenses incurred in connection with travel..................................... 12

Division 3—Other matters                                                                                        14

10.......... Act binds the Crown......................................................................... 14

11.......... Extension to external Territories........................................................ 14

12.......... Extra-territorial operation.................................................................. 14

Part 2—Remuneration etc. for members and former members              15

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        15

13.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 15

Division 2—Remuneration etc. for members and former members   16

14.......... Remuneration of members................................................................ 16

15.......... Allowances and expenses etc. for former members.......................... 17

16.......... Goods and services etc. for former Prime Ministers......................... 17

Division 3—Salary sacrifice                                                                                     18

17.......... When may a person elect to salary sacrifice?..................................... 18

18.......... The nature of the salary sacrifice election.......................................... 18

19.......... How to make an election................................................................... 18

20.......... Duration of an election...................................................................... 20

21.......... Effect of an election........................................................................... 20

22.......... Variation of an election..................................................................... 21

23.......... Revocation of an election.................................................................. 22

Part 3—Work expenses, allowances and other public resources             23

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        23

24.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 23

Division 2—Obligations in relation to the use of public resources      24

25.......... Obligations in relation to the use of public resources for conducting parliamentary business  24

26.......... Dominant purpose test...................................................................... 24

27.......... Obligation to ensure value for money in incurring expenses or claiming allowances or other public resources       25

28.......... Obligation not to make claims or incur expenses in breach of conditions 25

29.......... Commonwealth not liable to provide resources if there is a contravention               26

Division 3—Work expenses, allowances and other public resources 27

30.......... Commonwealth must pay travel expenses......................................... 27

31.......... Commonwealth must pay travel allowances...................................... 27

32.......... Commonwealth must pay work expenses and provide other public resources         27

33.......... Commonwealth must provide public resources determined by the Minister             28

Division 4—Powers of regulations                                                                       30

34.......... Powers of regulations....................................................................... 30

35.......... Remuneration Tribunal inquiries into matters.................................... 30

Part 4—Compliance with and enforcement of Part 3                                    32

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        32

36.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 32

Division 2—Rulings in relation to travel expenses and travel allowances            33

37.......... Rulings in relation to travel expenses and travel allowances............. 33

Division 3—Public resources penalty scheme                                                 35

38.......... Loading in respect of contraventions of section 26, 27 or 28............ 35

39.......... Loading in respect of voluntary repayments...................................... 36

Part 5—Other resources                                                                                                   38

40.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 38

41.......... Parliamentary injury compensation scheme....................................... 38

42.......... Other resources................................................................................. 41

Part 6—Functions of the Remuneration Tribunal                                           43

43.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 43

44.......... Inquiries and reports by Tribunal on Ministerial salaries.................. 43

45.......... Inquiries and determinations by Tribunal on members’ remuneration and rates of domestic travel allowances        44

46.......... Inquiries and determinations into allowances and expenses for former members     45

47.......... Requirements for determinations....................................................... 45

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        47

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        47

48.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 47

Division 2—When remuneration and public resources are to be provided          48

49.......... When remuneration is to be paid to senators and members of the House of Representatives   48

50.......... When office holder’s salary is to be paid to certain presiding officers and deputies 49

51.......... When office holder’s salary is to be paid to certain office holders.... 50

52.......... When public resources are to be provided......................................... 50

Division 3—Annual amounts of resources                                                       51

53.......... Annual amounts reduced if a person begins to be a member during a year              51

54.......... Using full annual limits..................................................................... 51

55.......... Annual limit on Ministerial salaries................................................... 51

Division 4—Other miscellaneous provisions                                                   53

56.......... Independent periodic review of this Act............................................ 53

57.......... Recoverable payments....................................................................... 53

58.......... No debts arise as a result of incorrect personal advice given by IPEA 55

59.......... Appropriation.................................................................................... 56

60.......... Delegations....................................................................................... 56

61.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 57

 



A Bill for an Act to provide resources to and in relation to persons who are, were or will be members of the Parliament, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: