About IPEA


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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 for non-corporate Commonwealth entity contracts relating to the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 , IPEA has no non-procurement contracts to report with consideration to the value of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive)..

Estimated cost of complying with this order was $50 and the method used to estimate this cost was based on the number of hours spent on compiling this information by IPEA staff.

IPEA procurement contracts can be found through the Senate Order button on the AusTender website. The report is titled ‘Senate Order on Confidentiality in Procurement Contracts by Entity’.

IPEA Corporate Plan

The Corporate Plan 2020-21 [PDF 673 KB] 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.

Remuneration Paid to Executives

Service Level Standards

Travel—Advice

  1. All calls are acknowledged, with 95% of calls acknowledged within 1 day. (a) This is measured bi-monthly using call system statistics.
  2. All requests for advice are resolved, with 95% of requests for advice resolved within 2 days. (a,b) This is measured bi-monthly using call system statistics.
  3. Quality and accuracy levels for advice are achieved, with 95% of advice provided being accurate and of a high quality. This is measured with a sample check of advice.
  4. 80% of client survey respondents are satisfied with IPEA’s advice as measured in the IPEA client satisfaction survey.

(a) During hours: 9am to 5pm—Monday-Friday EST (except for Public Holidays).
(b) Except where IPEA is waiting on essential information from 3rd party providers.

Travel—Claims Processing

  1. Travel claims are assessed weekly to verify 95% have been processed within an average of 7 working days and with a 90% degree of accuracy. (a)
  2. Requests for additional travel claim information (e.g. where the claim is incomplete) are sent within an average of 4 working days of receiving the initial claim. (b) This is measured monthly using a sample check of all requests.
  3. 90% of travel-related budgets are disseminated by the third week of June. (b) New parliamentarians commencing after 1 July receive their budget/s within one week of official commencement. (b)
  4. 80% of client survey respondents are satisfied with IPEA’s travel claim processing as measured in the IPEA client satisfaction survey.

(a) Incorrect/incomplete claims are not included.
(b) Except where IPEA is waiting on essential information from 3rd party providers.

Data and Reporting

  1. 95% of expenditure, monthly management and ad hoc reports are provided to current and former parliamentarians in accordance with our reporting schedule. (a,b)
    • Expenditure reports are provided on a quarterly basis in accordance with the expenditure reports schedule
    • Monthly management reports are provided on or before the 15th of each month
    • Ad hoc reports are provided within 5 working days, or another timeframe as agreed.
  2. 95% of expenditure reports and associated data are published on the IPEA website and data.gov.au in line with our publication schedule. (c)
  3. 80% of client survey respondents are satisfied with IPEA’s reports as measured in the IPEA client satisfaction survey.

(a) Dependent on ICT and data availability.
(b) Does not include time waiting for 3rd party data.
(c) IPEA website and data.gov.au website are available.

Audit and Assurance

  1. Authority—an assurance activity will be conducted within the limits of IPEA’s statutory authority as outlined in the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Act 2017.
  2. Accuracy and Completeness—an assurance activity will be based on accurate and comprehensive data as is reasonably possible to obtain.
  3. Procedure—an assurance activity will withstand scrutiny of its processes, in particular its observance of procedural fairness.
  4. Time—an assurance activity will be completed within a timeframe appropriate to its scope, the information available and the nature of the interaction with the assurance activity subject(s).