Allegations of Misuse

What happens when Finance receives a complaint of potential misuse of a non-travel work expense, either directly or by referral?

The Protocol - Handling of potential Misuse of Non-Travel related Work Expenses by the Department of Finance (the Protocol) details how Finance manages a complaint of a potential misuse of a non-travel work expense by a Senator or Member.

Finance makes a preliminary assessment of whether the complaint is credible. The Protocol sets out processes Finance can follow in dealing with the complaint depending upon the seriousness of the matter.

Finance does not generally respond to those who have made complaints of potential misuse of work expenses or respond to enquiries regarding such complaints.

More information on the parliamentary expenses framework can be found at

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Last updated: 01 August 2019