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Wednesday, 23 May 2012
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Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Disability Reform, Housing and Homelessness: Credit Card Breaches

(Question Nos 915, 916, 921 and 922)


Mr Briggs asked the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, and the Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness, in writing, on 20 March 2012:

In respect of departmental credit card use in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, and (c) 2010-11,

(i) how many times has the use of a credit card breached departmental guidelines,

(ii) what was the dollar value of each breach, and what sum was repaid in each instance, and

(iii) were any employees disciplined for such breaches.


Ms Macklin: The Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness and I provide the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(a) to (c)(i) The number of times the use of corporate credit cards breached departmental guidelines in the years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 is set out in the following table:

Financial Year

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Number of Breaches

79

72

64

 

(ii) The total dollar value of the breaches and repayment amounts for the years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 is set out in the following table:

Financial Year

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Dollar value of breaches

$8225.40

$4542.42

$4399.80

Amount repaid

$8225.40

$4542.42

$4399.80

Amount not recovered

NIL

NIL

NIL

 

(iii) Most credit card breaches of departmental guidelines occur by mistake and are generally fixed by the card holder as soon as the mistake is realised. In all instances of breaches of the departmental guidelines, the offending officers were reminded of their obligations when using a corporate credit card. In addition, every instance of misuse of corporate credit card is reviewed and, where doubts exist, referred for further investigation.

Such investigations resulted in the preparation of one brief for prosecution in 2009-10. Such action was not necessary in the other years.