Vicki Dunne

Vicki Dunne. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Changes to the rules surrounding taxpayer-funded travel by ACT politicians won't stop a controversial study tour by Liberal MLAs Vicki Dunne and Giulia Jones.

Despite this month's tour of prostitution laws in France, Sweden and South Korea causing the entitlement to be scrapped, a spokesman confirmed Mrs Dunne's husband and a staffer from Mrs Jones' office would still take part in the $35,000 tour.

Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson declined to comment.

Giulia Jones

Giulia Jones. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The Remuneration Tribunal abolished taxpayer-funded study tours and spousal travel for all members of the ACT Legislative Assembly after media reports about the three-week trip.

The move will save as much as $300,000 over the life of each Parliament.

A question mark also hangs over a planned trip by Liberal Nicole Lawder to Tanzania in June for seminars by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Assembly clerk Tom Duncan is now on a hunt for funding to pay her airfare.

The regular Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meetings have been partly funded by the study tour allowance in the past.

The tribunal is looking to save money to offset an expected increase in members' pay, worth about $15,000 a year.

It was considering abolishing the study tour allowance of $24,000 for Assembly members not serving as government ministers as part of the pay increase and a suite of other changes to pay and entitlements mid-year.

That decision was bought forward last week. The tribunal foreshadowed its proposal to cut the study-tour allowance late last year around the same time Mrs Dunne and Mrs Jones were planning their trip.

The tribunal regards the prostitution trip as a significant draw-down on the funds it was hoping to save through abolishing the travel funding, and moved quickly to ensure no more overseas travel was approved before its decision was made.

Abolishing the travel allowance simplifies things for Assembly staff, for whom administering the study tours and sorting through the rules about whether a trip met the guidelines was no straightforward task.

The prostitution tour is the first time that a staff member has accompanied an Assembly member using the funding.

Mr Duncan said some of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association travel was funded by the association itself, with two members going each year to a regional conference, to be held in Papua New Guinea this year.

Each year an additional delegate attends the organisation's general conference, which will be in Cameroon this year.

The seminar airfare had to date been funded from the study tour allowance.

Mr Duncan was confident another source of funding would be found for Ms Lawder to attend the Tanzania meeting.

Remuneration Tribunal chairwoman Anne Cahill Lambert said on Friday that rules surrounding travel by government ministers would not be changed.

''When we became a self-governing territory we inherited a lot of things from the Commonwealth, including this little pie of money … and that was to recognise politicians were often away from their families and their spouses.

''In fact in the ACT, what is the longest distance between home and the Assembly, maybe 25 minutes?

''It is really an old thing that is totally inappropriate in this day and age,'' she said.

Ms Cahill Lambert told ABC Radio the use of travel entitlements was inconsistent between MLAs.