New guidelines effective 1 May 2021

On 24 February 2021, the Tribunal made the Members of Parliament (Victoria) Guidelines No. 01/2021. These guidelines and a statement issued by the Tribunal are available below. The guidelines are effective from 1 May 2021. 





This concludes the comprehensive review of the existing Guidelines No. 02/2019 conducted over the past year. The review was holistic and aimed to identify anomalies or areas of ambiguity that should be revised to ensure clarity about the purpose and use of parliamentary allowances and the Electorate Office and Communications Budget

The Tribunal expresses its appreciation to all those who made a submission as part of the review. The Tribunal has given careful consideration to all issues raised to develop a modernised set of guidelines that support the broader compliance framework within which they operate.

The Tribunal notes that some matters raised during the review were outside of the Tribunal’s power to address through the guidelines. These issues have been passed on to the appropriate authorities for their consideration.

For more information, contact the Tribunal by email:

Future reviews of the guidelines

The Tribunal intends to review the guidelines every 2 years to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose and to consider any new matters or practices that may have arisen.

Urgent matters or issues in relation to the guidelines not contemplated previously and that require revision or clarification will continue to be addressed on an as needed basis at the discretion of the Tribunal.

These matters may be raised by Members of Parliament and all stakeholders at any time by contacting the Tribunal directly:

Consultation draft made available to review (November 2020)

The Tribunal made a draft of the guidelines available for review, inviting all interested parties to make a submission to provide feedback before the guidelines were finalised.

Download the draft guidelines and the explanatory Consultation Paper:

Submissions received on the consultation draft (December 2020)

The Tribunal received written submissions from:




The Issues Paper (July 2020)

The Issues Paper set out questions for consideration, however these were provided as a guide only, and did not limit the content of submissions.

Submissions received (July 2020)

Written submissions

The Tribunal received written submissions from:

Oral submissions

Agreed summaries of oral submissions heard by the Tribunal:

All submissions have been published in full or in summary form, unless the person or body making the submission requested that certain information contained in the submission not be published. In that instance, the person or body needed to identify the information that should not be published and give reasons why that information should not be published. That information has then either not been published or, following consultation with the person or body, been published in an appropriate form.

The Tribunal may receive a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic). Any such requests will be determined in accordance with that Act which has provisions designed to protect personal information and information given in confidence. For more information visit the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner website.

Reviewed 14 July 2021

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