Protocol Followed when an Allegation is Received of Alleged Misuse of Entitlement by a Member or Senator

(As tabled in the Senate by the then Special Minister of State on 31 October 2000)

The Protocol was approved by the then Special Minister of State, on 23 June 1998, following an exchange of correspondence with the Attorney‑General. Underlying the change (since the old system placed directions with the Minister responsible for Ministerial and Parliamentary Services and the Australian Federal Police) was that an ‘arms length’ process should be put in place to ensure allegations against politicians were handled in a way which could not invite allegations of partisanship.

The process is as follows:

Internal Audit

Departmental Committee


On 12 August 2003 the then Special Minister of State agreed that the Protocol should also be used for allegations of misuse of entitlements involving Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 employees.

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