About IPEA

The Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) was established following the Prime Minister’s announcement of changes to parliamentarians’ work expenses on 13 January 2017.

On 1 July 2017, the IPEA was established as a Commonwealth statutory authority.

The introduction of IPEA continues the Australian Government progress towards the most significant reforms to parliamentarians' work expense in 25 years. IPEA has been established under the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Act 2017 as an independent statutory authority with advisory, reporting and auditing responsibilities for the work expenses of parliamentarians and their staff.

IPEA has the following functions:

  • Giving advice to parliamentarians and MOP(S) Act staff about travel expenses and travel allowances.
  • Monitoring the travel expenses and travel allowances of parliamentarian and MOP(S) Act staff.
  • Preparing regular reports relating to:
    • all work expenses, travel expenses and travel allowances claimed by parliamentarians
    • travel expenses and travel allowances claimed by MOP(S) Act staff.
  • Conducting audits relating to:
    • all work expenses, travel expenses and travel allowances claimed by parliamentarians
    • travel expenses and travel allowances claimed by MOP(S) Act staff.
  • Processing claims relating to travel expenses and travel allowances of parliamentarians and their staff.

IPEA's organisational structure helps it deliver its functions. IPEA is also guided by independent Members of the Authority appointed by the Governor-General, with each Member having a range of relevant skills and experience. For further information see IPEA Leadership

IPEA is an entity for the purposes of the Senate Order on non-corporate Commonwealth entity contracts and for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 IPEA has no contracts to report with a consideration of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive).

IPEA Corporate Plan

The first Corporate Plan produced for the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

Employment at IPEA

The Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) is a new Statutory Authority of around 60 employees. To join the team please check the Employment page on a regular basis for any current vacancies in IPEA.