A former NSW Labor MP who falsely signed off on parliamentary sitting-day relief payments is appealing her minimum one year of home detention.
Karyn Paluzzano, 52, was last month sentenced to 18 months' detention with a cumulative non-parole period of 12 months.
In Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday, Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Culver confirmed she would spend this period in home detention.
Ms Culver said this was 'not a soft option' and would 'reflect the ongoing criminality involved'.
'(Some) people think that home detention would allow someone to stay at home, watch TV and have a rest,' Ms Culver said.
'It is no holiday.'
Paluzzano could be subject to electronic surveillance and may be required to participate in rehabilitative or community service programs as she serves her sentence, the court heard.
'Bear in mind you cannot leave your home any time you wish,' Ms Culver told Paluzzano.
'You will be imprisoned in your home.'
Paluzzano showed no reaction as Ms Culver made the comments to the court, after which her legal team announced it would appeal the sentence.
The former Penrith MP pleaded guilty in June to falsely claiming parliamentary sitting-day relief payments between 2006 and 2007, as well as giving false and misleading evidence to a 2010 corruption watchdog inquiry into the payments.
Paluzzano has been released on bail until her appeal is heard in Sydney District Court on November 14.