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 2019-20 [PDF 2.65 MB] 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

Advice SLS

  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 clients are satisfied with the advice received as measured in the IPEA client satisfaction survey.

Travel Processing SLS

  1. IPEA assesses lodged travel claims weekly to ensure they have been processed within an average of 7 working days and with a 90% degree of accuracy (c).
  2. IPEA will send requests for additional travel claim information (e.g. where the claim is incomplete) within 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 will be disseminated by the third week of June (b). New Parliamentarians beginning after 1 July will receive their budget within one week of official commencement (b).
  4. 80% of surveyed clients are satisfied with IPEA’s travel claim processing as measured in the IPEA client satisfaction survey.

Data & Reporting SLS

  1. 95% of expenditure, monthly management and ad hoc reports are provided to current and former parliamentarians in accordance with our reporting schedule (d & e).
    1. Expenditure reports are provided on a quarterly basis in accordance with the expenditure reports schedule;
    2. Monthly management reports are provided on or before the 15th of each month; and
    3. 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 (f).
  3. 80% of surveyed clients are satisfied with reports received as measured in the IPEA client satisfaction survey (g).

SLS Notes, Information or Footnotes:

  1. a) During standard working hours, 9am to 5pm - Monday to Friday EST
  2. b) Except where IPEA is waiting on essential information from 3rd party providers
  3. c) Incorrect/incomplete claims are not included
  4. d) Dependent on ICT and data availability
  5. e) Does not include time waiting for 3rd party data
  6. f) IPEA website and data.gov.au website are available
  7. g) Surveys are offered (optional) to all clients annually