IPEA has a multi-layered approach to assurance that takes account of the high volume and types of parliamentary work expenses being accessed, and the need for public accountability.
Parliamentarians have access to public funds for their work expenses to enable them to conduct their parliamentary and official duties. IPEA’s mandate, as expressed by the Australian Government, is to provide greater oversight and accountability of these expenses.
IPEA’s oversight provides assurance to the public, parliamentarians and their staff that parliamentary work expenses are being used in accordance with the framework. IPEA does this at arm’s length from Government.