Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 and Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Act 2017 Review

The Review

On 9 September 2021 the Finance Minister announced the independent review of the Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 and Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Act 2017. See attached media release

The review is being undertaken by the Hon Kelly O'Dwyer and the Hon Kate Ellis. 

Ms O'Dwyer and Ms Ellis are former Ministers of the Commonwealth and were both members of Parliament prior to and during the operation of the PBR Act and IPEA Act.

Terms of Reference for Review

The Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 (PBR Act) and Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Act 2017 (IPEA Act) require periodic reviews:

  • Section 56 of the PB Act requires that an independent review into its operation occur every three years.
  • Section 62 of the IPEA Act requires that an independent review be conducted of the operation of the IPEA Act and the legislative rules as soon as practicable after the end of three years after the section commenced.

Full copy of the Terms of Reference (PDF)

Key Legislation


Date: 7 October 2021–5pm AEDT 29 October 2021

The independent reviewers are seeking feedback on the PBR Framework, including the IPEA Act, and what if any changes to the current legislative or administrative framework may be required. Please refer to the Terms of Reference for the Review (PDF) for full details of the purpose, objectives and scope of the Review.

This Discussion Paper (PDF) provides information regarding the operation of the PBR Framework and sets out a number of potential issues to help inform discussions and engagement with the Review.

Interested parties, including members of the public, current and former Parliamentarians, current and former Members of Parliament (Staff) Act staff, relevant agencies and their current and former staff, and those with a special interest in particular policies or legislation, are invited to submit a response.


Please read the Submission Guidelines (PDF) for further information, including full details regarding privacy, confidentiality and copyright.

Submissions can be submitted until 5pm AEDT on 29 October 2021. Submissions must be lodged electronically. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Department of Finance website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment.

Legal requirements, such as those imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.

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