Allegations of Misuse

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

Where Finance receives a complaint of a potential misuse of a non-travel work expense by a Senator or Member, it deals with the complaint consistent with the Protocol - Handling of potential Misuse of Non-Travel related Work Expenses by the Department of Finance (the Protocol).

Under the Protocol 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.

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Last updated: 25 October 2017