Media release: Members' additional entitlements 2019

The Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, today tabled her findings and recommendations from the annual review of the additional entitlements claimed by the Members of the New South Wales Parliament (Members) under the Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal’s Determination (the Determination).

Members claimed $21.5 million of additional entitlements in 2018–19, 2.7 per cent less than the previous year. The decrease is largely attributable to the period in the lead up to the New South Wales State Election, from 26 January to 23 March 2019, during which Members are not permitted to use their Communications Allowance.  In addition, Parliament did not sit from 23 November 2018 until 6 May 2019.

The review found one instance of material non‑compliance with the Determination relating to a Member who claimed the General Travel Allowance but did not provide evidence that the travel related to their parliamentary duties.

Fourteen other departures from the administrative requirements of the Determination, mostly relating to the timing of Members’ claims were identified. The review also found two instances where it was unclear whether reimbursement of Members’ claims had been made strictly in accordance with the Determination.

The report makes three recommendations to the Department of Parliamentary Services to work with the Tribunal to clarify specific wording and requirements in the Determination.