About IPEA

The Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) was established following the Prime Minister’s announcement of changes to Parliamentarians’ work expenses on 13 January 2017.

On 1 July 2017, the IPEA was established as a Commonwealth statutory authority.

The introduction of IPEA continues the Australian Government progress towards the most significant reforms to Parliamentarians' work expense in 25 years. IPEA has been established under the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Act 2017 as an independent statutory authority with advisory, reporting and auditing responsibilities for the work expenses of Parliamentarians and their staff.

IPEA Functions

IPEA has the following functions:

  • Giving advice to parliamentarians and MOP(S) Act staff about travel expenses and travel allowances.
  • Monitoring the travel expenses and travel allowances of parliamentarian and MOP(S) Act staff.
  • Preparing regular reports relating to:
    • all work expenses, travel expenses and travel allowances claimed by parliamentarians
    • travel expenses and travel allowances claimed by MOP(S) Act staff.
  • Conducting audits relating to:
    • all work expenses, travel expenses and travel allowances claimed by parliamentarians
    • travel expenses and travel allowances claimed by MOP(S) Act staff.
  • Processing claims relating to travel expenses and travel allowances of parliamentarians and their staff.

IPEA's organisational structure helps it deliver its functions. IPEA is also guided by independent Members of the Authority appointed by the Governor-General, with each Member having a range of relevant skills and experience. For further information see IPEA Leadership

Entity Contract List

Pursuant to the Senate Order on non-corporate Commonwealth entity contracts relating to the period 1 January to 31 December 2017, IPEA has no contracts to report with consideration to the value of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive).

Estimated cost of complying with this order was $150 and the method used to estimate this cost was based on the number of hours spent on compiling this information by IPEA staff.

Procurement contracts for 2017 for IPEA will be published on the AusTender website on 28 February 2018 visit Tenders.

IPEA Corporate Plan

The first Corporate Plan produced for the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

Employment at IPEA

The Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) is a new Statutory Authority of around 60 employees. To join the team please check the Employment page on a regular basis for any current vacancies in IPEA.