Personal responsibility and accountability

A parliamentarian is personally responsible and accountable for their use of public resources and must consider how the public would perceive their use of those resources for travel in particular circumstances.

Personal responsibility extends to the use of public resources in the parliamentarian’s name by others who may be authorised to incur expenses within their office or for family reunion purposes.

If a parliamentarian is publicly questioned over their use of work, including travel, resources they are expected to publicly justify their use of those resources.

Simply stating that a parliamentarian’s use of expenses in the circumstances in question was consistent with the rules may not be enough to meet the obligations of the framework.