Parliamentarians' Reporting

The Department of Finance (Finance) has prepared the reports listed below on expenditure accessed by Parliamentarians, former Parliamentarians and surviving spouses or de facto partners of former Parliamentarians, in accordance with the relevant legislation.

  • Parliamentarians’ Expenditure paid by the Department of Finance
    Includes expenditure, and adjustments, (including domestic travel, car costs, overseas travel, Travelling Allowance, office facilities costs, office administrative costs and family travel) for Parliamentarians during the relevant six-month period.
  • Former Parliamentarians’ Expenditure paid by the Department of Finance
    Includes expenditure, and adjustments, of travel costs and, where applicable, family travel costs and costs of office facilities and office administration for all eligible former Parliamentarians and surviving spouses or de facto partners during the relevant six-month period.
  • Parliamentarians’ Overseas Study Travel Reports
    Includes overseas study travel reports, submitted by Parliamentarians, for travel undertaken during the relevant six-month period.

These reports are compiled by Finance and are published on the Finance website every six months.

Parliamentarians and former Parliamentarians (including surviving spouses of former Prime Ministers and Life Gold Pass holders) are asked to certify that their expenditure was in accordance with the provisions legislated. Commencing from the period January to June 2011, information regarding Parliamentarians and former Parliamentarians’ certification of their expenditure is published.

The supporting data underpinning the reports is available for all categories within the reports except for office facilities and office fit outs.

Report Background

Process of Compilation

In accordance with current practice, Finance prepares the draft reports capturing data from its business systems used to process and administer work expenses for:

  • Parliamentarians’
  • former Prime Ministers
  • other Life Gold Pass holders
  • severance or post retirement travellers
  • surviving spouses or de-facto partners of former Prime Ministers
  • surviving spouses or de-facto partners of other Life Gold Pass holders.

Preliminary reports are provided to individuals to confirm their transactional information or notify Finance of any required amendments. If an amendment is advised, it is checked against the source data (such as invoices and records of payment held by Finance). Following a reconciliation of the data, an amendment (if appropriate) is made and Finance’s records adjusted. If required, copies of amendments are provided to the individual.

Expansion of Reporting

On 27 September 2001, the then Prime Minister announced that expenditure by former Governors-General, former Prime Ministers, other Life Gold Pass holders, severance travel beneficiaries and surviving spouses or de facto partners of certain eligible former Parliamentarians, arising from benefits granted to them in recognition of public service, would be publicly disclosed.

The statement further indicated that this disclosure would be done on a six-monthly basis in conjunction with the Parliamentarians' expenditure. The document would contain the same level of detail, in the relevant category, as for Parliamentarians.

From the July to December 2009 reporting period, the reports were enhanced for Senators, Members and certain former Parliamentarians to include the following:

  • office administrative costs, including:
    • office consumables and services
    • printing and communications
    • publications
  • office facilities costs
  • travel allowances and travel expenses for both domestic and overseas travel, including family travel costs
  • overseas study travel reports from Senators and Members.

Current Reporting Period – January to June 2016

Prior Reporting Periods

July to December 2015 

 January to June 2015

July to December 2014

January to June 2014

July to December 2013

January to June 2013

July to December 2012

January to June 2012

July to December 2011

January to June 2011

July to December 2010

January to June 2010

July to December 2009

Reports relating to the periods below for Senators, Members and former Parliamentarians included only the following:

  • travel allowances and travel expenses for both domestic and overseas travel
  • overseas study travel reports from Senators and Members.

January to June 2009

July to December 2008

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Last updated: 01 December 2016