Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott and his Chief of Staff Peta Credlin (right) meet with Dr Ian Watt, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Tony Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin was by the prime minister-elect's side when he arrived in Canberra on Monday for briefings.
But on Tuesday she will face the ACT Magistrates Court to answer a low-level drink driving charge.
The 42-year-old blew 0.075 when she was caught by police outside her Canberra home after Mr Abbott's budget reply speech in May.
Credlin - who was personally thanked by Mr Abbott during his victory speech on Saturday night - is yet to appear before the court, but has indicated, through her lawyer Ben Aulich, she will plead guilty to the offence.
The matter was originally listed for July but postponed until after the election due to Credlin's busy travel schedule.