This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority’s (IPEA’s) administration of parliamentarians’ expenses and allowances. The audit would also examine the IPEA’s establishment and transition planning, and the efficiency of new administrative arrangements.

Significant recent changes have been made to the administration of parliamentarians’ expenses and allowances. These changes include reforms to allowable parliamentary expenses in 2017 in response to a parliamentary expenses review completed in 2016; establishment of the IPEA on 1 July 2017; and the introduction of the new Parliamentary Business Resources Framework from 1 January 2018 due to the commencement of the Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017, which replaces the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 framework with a simplified principles-based system.