Six-Monthly Parliamentarians’ Expenditure on Entitlements Reports

The Department of Finance (Finance) prepares six-monthly expenditure on entitlements reports, in respect of the following entitlees:

In a six-monthly period an entitlee may have expenditure as a Parliamentarian and as a former Parliamentarian.

Parliamentarians’ Expenditure on Entitlements Reports

The six-monthly Parliamentarians’ expenditure reports include payments made, and receipts received, by Finance during the period to which the report refers, in relation to the following categories:

The supporting data underpinning the reports is also available on the Finance website for all categories.

Former Parliamentarians’ Expenditure on Entitlements Reports

The six-monthly expenditure reports for former Parliamentarians’ and surviving spouses or de facto partners of former Prime Ministers and Life Gold Pass Holders, include payments made, and receipts received, by Finance during the period to which the report refers, in relation to the following entitlements:

Former Prime Ministers

Life Gold Pass Holders

Severance and Post Retirement Travellers

Surviving Spouses or De facto Partners of Former Prime Ministers

Surviving Spouses or De facto Partners of Life Gold Pass Holders

The supporting data underpinning the reports is also available on the Finance website for all categories.

Parliamentarians’ Overseas Study Travel Reports

Overseas study travel reports submitted by Parliamentarians are released at the same time as expenditure reports and are published on the Finance website. Reports should be written bearing in mind that they will be made available to the public.

The reports are consolidated in a single volume. If a Senator or Member has accessed the entitlement but not submitted an overseas study travel report at the time of preparation of the six monthly consolidated report, a page with the name of the Senator or Member and dates of travel will appear in the document with the annotation: ‘No report received at time of preparation of this document’. Reports subsequently received will be included in a future release.

Parliamentary Scrutiny of Reports

The above reports were tabled in Parliament until November 2012, but are now published on the Finance website only, following a directive from the Special Minister of State.

Checking and Confirmation of Report Data

Preliminary reports are provided to all entitlees for checking. There is additional transactional information contained in the preliminary reports that is not published, to enable entitlees to undertake a detailed check of the data against their own records.

All entitlees are asked to check the information contained in their preliminary reports and advise Finance of any requested changes. This is an important step in the quality assurance processes associated with the reports.

Certification of Entitlements Usage

Entitlees who have incurred expenditure during the specified period are asked to certify that they have accessed their entitlements in accordance with the relevant legislation for each respective entitlement. The request for certification accompanies the preliminary six-monthly Parliamentary entitlements expenditure reports and should be returned to Finance prior to the publication of the reports.

Information regarding the receipt of the certification is also published on the Finance website.

Finance regularly updates the certification information on its website. If an entitlee returns a certification following the initial publication of the certification list, the Finance website will be updated accordingly.

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