Commencement of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority

Advice regarding parliamentarians’ and MOP(S) Act employees’ work expenses is now split between two entities – IPEA enquiries (travel, reporting and other matters managed by IPEA) and all other work expense enquiries (managed by Ministerial and Parliamentary Services).

New contact details are below:

IPEA enquiries

IPEA enquiries (02) 6215 3000
Parliamentarians & MOP(S) enquiries@ipea.gov.au
Hours of operation 9:00am – 5:00pm EST
Internet www.ipea.gov.au

All other work expense and employee enquiries

Parliamentarians (02) 6215 3542
MOP(S) staff (02) 6215 3333
Parliamentarians & MOP(S) mpshelp@finance.gov.au
Hours of operation 9:00am EST – 5:00pm WST
Internet www.maps.finance.gov.au

The core functions of IPEA relate to travel, reporting and audit, including:

  • providing personal advice to parliamentarians and MOP(S) Act employees on travel expenses, allowances, and related expenses
  • monitoring parliamentarians and MOP(S) Act employees use of travel expenses, allowances, and related expenses
  • administering travel expenses, allowances, and related expenses, including processing of these claims
  • publically reporting on work expenses under the existing framework
  • auditing work expense claims under the existing parliamentary framework.

 

Ministerial and Parliamentary Services will retain the following functions:

  • Human Resources and payroll services for MOP(S) Act employees
  • office accommodation (including Ministerial Wing at APH and Commonwealth Parliament Offices)
  • COMCAR
  • advice, support and administration of non-travel related work expenses
  • contract management of third party service providers

Please also note that there have been changes to the Advice and Support Directors in Ministerial and Parliamentary Services. The new arrangements and contact details are set out below:

Lauren Barons (NSW/WA/ACT)

02 6215 3426

Lauren.Barons@finance.gov.au

Daniel Collet (SA/QLD)

02 6215 1373

Daniel.Collet@finance.gov.au

Shane McGaughey (VIC/TAS/NT)

02 6215 3827

Shane.McGaughey@finance.gov.au

 

Lauren Barons
A/g Assistant Secretary 
Advice and Support Branch
Ministerial and Parliamentary Services
6 April 2017