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Thursday, 21 June 2007
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Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Attorney-General, in writing, on 14 September 2006:

(1)   How many credit cards have been issued to employees of the Minister’s department and agencies in each financial year since 1 July 2000.

(2)   Of the credit cards identified in Part (1): (a) how many have been reported lost; (b) how many have been reported stolen; (c) have any been subject to fraud; if so, what was the total cost of each fraud incident; (d) what is the average credit limit for each financial year; (e) what was the total amount of interest accrued; and   (f) have any employees been subjected to criminal proceedings as a result of credit card fraud.


Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Attorney-General’s Department

(1)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

2000/01

20

2001/02

27

2002/03

521

2003/04

133

2004/05

176

2005/06

277

(2) (a)   and (b) 9 MasterCard and 13 Diners cards have been reported lost or stolen. (c) There have been no known cases of fraud on MasterCard or Diners cards. (d) The average credit card limit on MasterCard is $5,000. No financial limit exists on Diners cards. However, their use is restricted to a limited number of vendors as this card is for travel related purposes only. (e) Interest is not paid on credit cards as each account is paid on the due date under a draw down arrangement with the Department’s bankers. (f) No.

Australian Federal Police (includes the Australian Institute of Police Management and the Australian Centre for Policing Research)

Australian Federal Police - Travel Expense Cards

Financial

Year

Question No.4399

(1)

(2)(a) & (b)

(2)(c)

(2)(d)

(2)(e)

(2)(f)

Issued

Lost/Stolen

Fraud

Average Limit

Interest

Criminal Proceedings

2000/2001

691

25

0

No Limit

$0

0

2001/2002

388

18

0

No Limit

$0

0

2002/2003

945

20

11

No Limit

$0

0

2003/2004

411

13

0

No Limit

$0

0

2004/2005

469

15

0

No Limit

$0

0

2005/2006

913

20

12

No Limit

$0

1

It should be noted that Diners Club advised it was unable to provide separate details for lost and stolen cards. The figures above are a combined total for both lost and stolen cards.

Australian Federal Police & Australian Protective Service - Purchasing Cards

Financial

Year

Question No.4399

(1)

(2)(a) & (b)

(2)(c)

(2)(d)

(2)(e)

(2)(f)

Issued

Lost/Stolen

Fraud

Average Limit

Interest

Criminal Proceedings

2000/2001

215

N/A

0

$22,547

$0

0

2001/2002

258

N/A

0

$8,500

$3,793

0

2002/2003

375

17

0

$8,361

$7,241

0

2003/2004

259

28

0

$13,396

$50,235

0

2004/2005

157

18

0

$8,051

$4,870

0

2005/2006

220

8

0

$6,759

$0

0

It should be noted that the Australian and New Zealand Bank (ANZ) advised it was unable to provide separate details for lost and stolen cards. The figures above are a combined total for both lost and stolen cards. The ANZ also advised it was unable to provide details of lost and stolen cards prior to 2002/2003.

The former Australian Protective Service officially merged with the Australian Federal Police on 1 July 2004. The above table includes combined data for both entities prior to this merger.

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1 There was no cost to the AFP in this instance as the fraud was not committed by an AFP member.  Diners Club International and/or their insurance company incurred these costs.  Diners Club is unable to provide details of the cost of the fraud as the information was archived and is not readily available.

2 This fraud resulted from the inappropriate use of a Diners Card by an AFP employee.  The cost of the fraud was $6078.49, which has since been recovered from the person concerned.

National Native Title Tribunal

(1)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

2000-01

11

2001-02

1

2002-03

4

2003-04

9

2004-05

23

2005-06

6

The increase in 2004-05 was reflective of a change of banks from the ANZ to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA).

(2) (a)   Two. (b) Nil. (c) No. (d) Average limit was $21,600. (e) No interest was accrued. The Tribunal pays a credit card fee each year and payment is made in full at the end of the month. (f) No.

Federal Magistrates Court

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/2001

4

$50,000

2001/2002

4

$50,000

2002/2003

4

$50,000

2003/2004

3

$50,000

2004/2005

3

$50,000

2005/2006

5

$50,000

(2) (a)   Nil. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Office of Parliamentary Counsel

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d)Average Limit

2000/01

5

$22,000

2001/02

6

$20,000

2002/03

5

$19,000

2003/04

3

$25,000

2004/05

2

$35,000

2005/06

2

$35,000

(2) (a)   Nil. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Australian Government Solicitor

AGS is a statutory authority and a government business enterprise. It operates on a fully commercial and competitive basis and does not receive any funding from budget or other parliamentary appropriations.

Financial Year

(1)

On Issue at 1/7

2(a)

Cards Lost

2(b)

Cards Stolen

2(c)

Subject to Fraud

2(d)

Average Credit Limit

2(e)

Interest Accrued

2(f)

Criminal Proceedings

2000-01

31

0

0

No

$12,742

$2,164

No

2001-02

41

1

0

No

$12,024

$901

No

2002-03

40

1

0

No

$11,050

$1,272

No

2003-04

41

0

0

No

$10,866

$791

No

2004-05

39

0

0

No

$10,744

$913

No

2005-06

40

0

0

No

$10,025

$496

No

 

Australian Customs Service

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

147

$14,653

2001/02

65

$11,200

2002/03

55

$8,882

2003/04

38

$8,737

2004/05

109

$7,674

2005/06

135

$7,037

(2) (a)   and (b) The information required to answer these questions is not readily accessible by Customs’ credit card provider and a significant allocation of resources would be required by them to provide the requested material. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Australian Institute of Criminology

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

1

$10,000

2001/02

0

n/a

2002/03

0

n/a

2003/04

2

$10,000

2004/05

3

$10,000

2005/06

1

$10,000

(2)   (a) Nil. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Office of Film and Literature Classification

(1) and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

5

$8,600

2001/02

5

$8,600

2002/03

5

$9,000

2003/04

6

$7,833

2004/05

10

$5,600

2005/06

10

$5,600

Note: the increase in number issued in the above table for 2004/05 was the result of revised arrangements under a new Certified Agreement that provided for cards to be issued to staff working for the Community Liaison Scheme who travel regularly.

(2)   (a) Nil. (b) One. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d)Average Limit

2000/01

0

n/a

2001/02

0

n/a

2002/03

0

n/a

2003/04

0

n/a

2004/05

1

$3,000

2005/06

1

$3,000

(2)   (a) Nil. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Australian Law Reform Commission

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

2

$10,000

2001/02

0

n/a

2002/03

1

$10,000

2003/04

0

n/a

2004/05

1

$10,000

2005/06

0

$10,000

(2)   (a) Nil. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Australian Transactions Reports and Analysis Centre

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

2

$18,000

2001/02

1

$5,000

2002/03

5

$5,200

2003/04

5

$5,600

2004/05

11

$6,000

2005/06

8

$6,000

(2)   (a) 2002/03 - one; 2003/04 - two. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) $280 in 2005/06. (f) No.

Insolvency and Trustee Service, Australia

(1)   As at 30 June 2006, the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia had issued 61 credit cards to employees since 1 July 2000. Of those, 25 have since been closed. No cards were issued in 2000-01.

(2) (a)   Four. (b) One. (c) No. (d) The average credit card limit for each financial year was approximately $10,000. (e) The total amount of interest accrued for each financial year was as follows. (f) No.

:2000-01

n/a

2001-02

$29

2002-03

$5

2003-04

$1,497

2004-05

$1,608

2005-06

$735

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

0

n/a

2001/02

0

n/a

2002/03

0

n/a

2003/04

3

$20,000

2004/05

3

$20,000

2005/06

3

$22,222

(2) (a)   One. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Family Court

(1) (2)   (a), (2) (b) & (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(a) & (b) Lost/ Stolen

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/2001

29

0

$16,759

2001/2002

41

5

$14,927

2002/2003

43

0

$13,860

2003/2004

37

1

$14,054

2004-2005

42

0

$13,751

2005-2006

42

3

$13,714

(2) (c)   No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

The Court also had 566 travel cards issued to employees as at 30/6/2006. The cards are used exclusively for travel expenditure only. In 2005/06 there was one instance of fraud on the travel card for the amount of $2,764.00. The matter was referred to the police and resolved administratively.

CRIMTRAC

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

0

n/a

2001/02

0

n/a

2002/03

0

n/a

2003/04

5

$16,000

2004/05

5

$13,000

2005/06

4

$14,571

(2) (a)   Nil. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. The agency’s charge cards are American Express (AMEX), therefore there is no interest fee but the cards are subject to a late payment fee. (f) No.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

(1) (2)   (a) and(d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(a) Lost

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

28

0

$18,750

2001/02

25

0

$20,720

2002/03

21

0

$23,143

2003/04

22

1

$21,636

2004/05

24

1

$20,333

2005/06

24

1

$19,833

(2) (b)   Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Australian Crime Commission

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

Not Available

Not Available

2001/02

12

$7,583

2002/03

13

$10,308

2003/04

43

$5,581

2004/05

22

$7,273

2005/06

9

$10,000

(2) (a)   Nil. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Director of Public Prosecutions

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

1

$10,000

2001/02

36

$12,083

2002/03

3

$11,250

2003/04

2

$6,000

2004/05

5

$13,571

2005/06

4

$15,769

(2) (a)   Two. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Federal Court

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) On Issue at 1/7

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

37

$22,918

2001/02

41

$21,902

2002/03

43

$21,000

2003/04

44

$20,863

2004/05

41

$19,097

2005/06

41

$17,146

(2) (a)   Three. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation does not generally publish financial data beyond that published in its annual report to Parliament.

High Court

(1)   and (2) (d)

Financial Year

(1) Issued

(2)(d) Average Limit

2000/01

4

$37,500

2001/02

4

$37,500

2002/03

5

$32,000

2003/04

5

$32,000

2004/05

5

$32,000

2005/06

5

$32,000

(2) (a)   One. (b) Nil. (c) No. (e) Nil. (f) No.