The following information captures key themes the media has been enquiring about:
- IPEA & the Department of Finance
- IPEA's Audit Powers
- Parliamentarians' Expenditure Reports
- New Legislative Framework (Parliamentarians)
- Guidelines for Family Travel (Parliamentarians)
- Contact Us
- More Information?
If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email mediaenquiries [at] ipea.gov.au.
When IPEA was established in 2017, a number of functions previously performed by Ministerial and Parliamentary Services (M&PS), a division within the Department of Finance transferred across to IPEA. M&PS oversees the provision of non-travel related expenses and services to Parliamentarians and their respective employees under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984. The table below provides an overview of the functions provided by IPEA and M&PS.
|Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA)||Ministerial & Parliamentary Services (M&PS)|
IPEA delivers against the following functions:
M&PS provides a range of facilities and services to assist parliamentarians, their staff, and others as required by the Australian Government in undertaking their duties.
These services include:
IPEA has responsibility under the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Act 2017 to audit parliamentarians’ work expenses and the travel expenses of their staff.
Please see further information in the Assurance and Audit section of this website.
From 1 July 2017, IPEA became responsible for publishing Parliamentarians’ Expenditure Reports. Parliamentarians’ expenditure reports are published on the IPEA website quarterly. IPEA tweets when new reports are published.
Our reporting processes capture data from the business systems used to process and administer work expenses for:
- former Prime Ministers
- Post Retirement Travellers
- Surviving spouses or de-facto partners of former Prime Ministers.
Previously, reporting occurred on a six-monthly basis and these reports remain available on the Department of Finance website. The next set of expenditure reports are due to be released by the end of March 2019.
Further information on our expenditure reporting arrangements is available on the Background to Expenditure Reporting page.
Parliamentarians are responsible for ensuring that travel at Commonwealth expense is undertaken in accordance with relevant legislative provisions. Parliamentarians are asked to certify prior to their expenditure report being published. Certification details are published on the Additional Expenditure Report Information page.
On 1 January 2018, the Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 (PBR Act) came into effect. Section 25 of the PBR Act sets out a number of obligations that apply to a parliamentarian’s use of public resources (including work expenses and allowances relating to travel) for the purposes of conducting their parliamentary business.
The PBR Act includes a set of guiding principles designed to assist parliamentarians in making decisions about their use of public resources including family travel.
For IPEA related media enquiries you can contact us at mediaenquiries [at] ipea.gov.au.
- For information on how IPEA engages with the media, please visit our Media Engagement page
- To view IPEA’s Annual Report and Corporate Plan see our Publications & Fact Sheets page
- Additional information on the Principles-Based Framework can be found on the Legislative Framework page
- Advice on non-travel related expense matters can be accessed by emailing mpshelp [at] finance.gov.au or by calling (02) 6215 3542 or (02) 6215 3333.