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Monday, 21 May 2012
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Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research: Credit Card Breaches

(Question No. 906)


Mr Briggs asked the Minister representing the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, 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.


Mr Combet: The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research has provided the following answer to the honourabl e member's question :

The following results applies to the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. The results do not reflect breaches identified within the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations as the reporting period is prior to the recent Machinery of Government changes.

Year

No of Breaches

Amounts

Comments

2008-09

24*

$50.85, $32.95, $14.95, $73.95, $106.10, $600.00, $50.00, $33.49, $19.90, $50.72, $275.00, $10.00, $20.00, $18.40, $67.00, $430.00, $240.00, $40.80, $38.00 and $41.70

All amounts repaid

 

4

$106.70, $850.00, $329.84 and $16.00

Technical breach— transaction reversed at point of sale

2009-10

30*

$198.45, $185.45, $285.95, $64.00, $44.70, $34.95, $16.95, $16.95, $26.40, $4.49, $26.70, $6.10, $147.42, $260.00, $21.75, $15.00, $237.90, $57.95, $135.69, $60.00, $276.11, $248.50, $10.00, $15.87, $41.00 and $230.00

All amounts repaid

 

4

$19.40, $12.00, $60.00 and $US 32.86

Technical breach -transaction reversed at point of sale

2010-11

36*

$111.13, $51.18, $35.50, $24.80, $23.80, $30.00, $16.20, $39.60, $137.43, $46.31, $200.00, $13.00, $56.47, $44.95, $52.05, $500.00, $101.00, $9.50, $90.32, $368.75, $27.00, $27.50, $8.80, $24.95, $12.50, $16.50, $16.50, $9.66, $17.90, $6.00 and $204.40

With the exception of one amount ($137.43), which is currently being pursued, all amounts have been repaid

 

2

$18.59 and $97.95

Technical breach— transaction reversed at point of sale

Note (*) Some amounts have multiple instances.

No employees were disciplined for such breaches as the breaches were inadvertent.