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.
The Parliamentary Business Resources Act
The Parliamentary Business Resources (PBR) Act 2017 (PBR Act) establishes the new parliamentary work expenses framework. It is a principles-based framework to cover parliamentarians' work expenses, requiring that the dominant purpose be parliamentary business for any expense claimed and an overriding principle of value-for-money for the Commonwealth.
The PBR Act was passed by the Parliament in May 2017.
The Parliamentary Business Resources Regulations
With effect from 1 January 2018, the Parliamentary Business Resources Regulations 2017 introduces a new principles-based work expenses framework that covers all travel and office expenses for Parliamentarians and their staff. These regulations accompany the Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017.