Published assurance reviews

An assurance review follows a preliminary assessment to determine whether there has been a misuse of parliamentary work expenses.

Assurance reviews analyse all available data relating to the use of the work expense and may involve liaison with the parliamentarian to gather additional information. They assess all the information against the legislative framework to establish whether there has been a misuse.

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2023/027

This Assurance review identified numerous trips using taxi and regulated ridesharing services by two staff members of Ms Tracey Roberts that were not consistent with the requirement for staff to transport themselves to and from work for their normal hours of duty. The staff members were invoiced a total of $1,434.54 to repay the inappropriate use of resources. The invoices have been paid in full. 

Assurance Review Memorandum - Ms Tracey Roberts - staff use of car transport.pdf (PDF, 5.34 MB)
2023/008

IPEA conducted an Assurance Review in relation to adjustments to travel allowance claimed by a staff member from the office of the Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP. The review assessed all adjustments claimed over the period 18 July 2022 to 12 April 2023. Following engagement with the Assistant Minister and the staff member, IPEA has concluded that the staff member’s adjustments to travel allowance were claimed in accordance with the provisions of the legislative framework. 

Assurance Review Memorandum - Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP - Adjustments to travel allowance for staff member.pdf (PDF, 8.83 MB)
2023/29

This Assurance Review of the use of parliamentary expenses by Senator Ross Cadell and two of his staff between 1 April and 30 June 2023 was conducted as part of a review of the use of travel-related expenses of new parliamentarians. Senator Cadell used parliamentary business resources to travel to Bathurst, Tamworth, Darwin and the Gold Coast and Senator Cadell’s staff members used parliamentary business resources to travel to Melbourne and Brisbane during this period. 
Considering all the available information, including responses from Senator Cadell, IPEA concluded that the dominant purpose of Senator Cadell’s travel during the period in scope was parliamentary business and that the staff travel was in accordance with the legislative framework.
 

Assurance Review Memorandum - Senator Ross Cadell - travel expenses 1 April to 30 June 2023.pdf (PDF, 2.75 MB)
2023/11

This Assurance review identified a number of trips using regulated ridesharing services by a staff member of Senator Jonathon Duniam that were not consistent with the requirement for staff to transport themselves to and from work for their normal hours of duty. The staff member was invoiced a total of $499.75 to repay the inappropriate use of resources. The invoice has been paid in full. 

Assurance Review Memorandum - Staff of Senator the Hon Jonathon Duniam.pdf (PDF, 308.51 KB)
2023/30

This Assurance Review of the use of parliamentary business resources for travel by Senator David Shoebridge between 1 April and 30 June 2023, was conducted as part of a review of travel-related expenses by new parliamentarians. Senator Shoebridge used parliamentary business resources to travel to Melbourne, Albury, Perth and the Gold Coast during this period. 
Considering all the available information, including responses from Senator Shoebridge, IPEA concluded that parliamentary business was the dominant purpose of all travel undertaken by Senator Shoebridge during the period in scope and that the travel was in accordance with the legislative framework. 

Assurance Review Memorandum - Senator Shoebridge - Review of travel and travel-related expenses - 1 April to 30 June 2023.pdf (PDF, 330.92 KB)
2023/31

This Assurance Review of the use of these expenses by Dan Repacholi MP between 1 April and 30 June 2023 was conducted as part of a review of travel-related expenses by new parliamentarians. Mr Repacholi used parliamentary business resources to travel to Melbourne on 2 occasions during this period, and was asked to confirm the dominant purpose of this travel. Considering the response by Mr Repacholi and other available information, IPEA concluded that parliamentary business was the dominant purpose of all travel undertaken by Mr Repacholi during the period in scope, and the use of parliamentary business resources was consistent with the legislative framework.

Assurance Review Memorandum - Mr Dan Repacholi - travel expenses - 1 April to 30 June 2023.pdf (PDF, 1.57 MB)
2023/23

This Assurance review identified a total of 4 trips to and from Parliament House that were undertaken by a staff member of Senator Askew using parliamentary business resources that were inconsistent with the legislative framework. The staff member was invoiced a total of $93.87 to reimburse the inappropriate use of resources. The invoice has been repaid in full.

Assurance Review Memorandum - Senator Wendy Askew - staff use of car transport.pdf (PDF, 2.17 MB)
2023/25

This  Assurance Review of use of parliamentary business resources for car transport in Canberra between 13 June and 14 September 2023 by a staff member in Mr Rowan Ramsey’s office concluded the staff member was directed to use car transport to travel to and from Parliament House by the employing parliamentarian, but the use of car transport was not consistent with the legislative framework. IPEA raised an invoice for $281.26 to recover these expenses, which has been paid in full.

Assurance Review Memorandum - Mr Rowan Ramsey - staff use of car transport in Canberra.pdf (PDF, 5.75 MB)
2022/14

This extensive Assurance Review examined staff use of parliamentary business resources for car transport in Canberra for travel to and from Parliament House for the 2021‐2022 financial year. After analysing the available data of 1,208 transactions during the period in scope, IPEA contacted  5 parliamentarians (The Hon Linda Burney MP, The Hon Andrew Gee MP, Mr Rowan Ramsey MP, The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Senator Anne Urquhart) for certification of their staff members’ use of car transport during the period. Senator Urquhart provided a completed certification form for those trips which were in accordance with the legislative framework and requested an invoice for 11 transactions which were not. An invoice to recover $219.37 was forwarded to Senator Urquhart’s office  on 7 September 2023. The 4 other parliamentarians contacted certified all travel in scope. Following analysis of the information held by and available to IPEA, including the responses provided by parliamentarians or authorised persons, IPEA is satisfied the remaining staff use of car transport in Canberra was consistent with the legislative framework.

Assurance Review Memorandum - Staff use of car transport in Canberra for the 2021-2022 financial year.pdf (PDF, 10.49 MB)
2023/21

This Assurance Review of travel by Senator Linda White between 1 April and 30 June 2023 was conducted as part of a review of travel and related expenses of new parliamentarians. Senator White was identified as having used parliamentary business resources for travel to Hobart, Vietnam, Perth, Mount Isa, and Townsville within the relevant time period.. Having considered the available information, including responses provided by Senator White, IPEA is satisfied her travel was for the dominant purpose of parliamentary business and was consistent with the legislative framework.

Assurance Review Memorandum - 2023-021 - Senator Linda White - review of travel - 1 April to 30 June 2023.pdf (PDF, 10.31 MB)
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