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Monday, 23 November 2015
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Attorney-General's Department: Departmental Hospitality

(Question No. 1434)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, in writing, on 17 August 2015:

In respect of catering and hospitality by the Minister's department in 2014-15, (a) what total sum was spent, (b) for what functions was the catering and hospitality, (c) on what date(s) did each function occur, and at what location(s), and (d) for each function, what sum was spent on (i) meals, (ii) drinks, (iii) hospitality staff, and (iv) other costs.

Mr Keenan: The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Expenditure on catering and hospitality is recorded in various accounts within the department's financial system depending on the circumstances in which the expenditure is incurred. For example catering associated with training may be coded to training, or venue hire if an external venue is used. In addition, catering/hospitality provided to official visitors may be coded to meeting costs. As this information is not centrally recorded, to attempt to provide a full and complete response in the level of detail requested would involve an unreasonable diversion of resources.

The department does maintain one central account that records most of its hospitality expenditure. For the 2014-15 financial year, expenditure totalling $104,823.27 has been recorded against the department's hospitality expense account in its financial system. This amount includes $38,545.45 associated with the hosting of the Financial Action Taskforce meeting in Australia.

The Department manages hospitality expenditure in accordance with obligations under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.