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Labor will implement new credit card rules to ensure public money is spent responsibly

  • A Labor Government would tighten rules around credit card spending         
  • Tasmanians deserve to know their money is being spent appropriately
  • Credit cards would be limited to senior executives and employees with direct purchasing roles   
  • Labor’s policy is in line with recommendations from the Auditor General   

Public Sector Credit Card Use

A majority Labor Government will instruct government departments and businesses to limit the distribution of credit cards to senior executives and employees with direct purchasing roles.

“Tasmanians deserve to have confidence that public money is being spent appropriately at all times,” Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon said.

“Labor would lead by example when it comes to the use of credit cards and implement expenditure discipline across government.

“While practices across agencies are generally good, the Auditor General has identified the need for a clear and consistent policy across government that also sets an example for local government.

“A Labor Government would follow the advice of the Auditor General and develop a model credit card policy that provides clear guidelines when it comes expenditure and use.

“A Labor Government would limit the distribution of credit cards to senior executives and employees with direct purchasing roles. Additional credit cards would only be issued upon approval by heads of agency.

“For the vast majority of the public service, a system of reimbursement for work-related expenses and purchases, approved by senior management, will ensure transparency, accountability and, importantly, expenditure discipline.

“Credit cards will be limited to senior executives and employees with direct purchasing roles.

“The State Government needs to set an example when it comes to how publicly money is spent.

“The revelation that 105 staff at TasWater have been issued credit card is an example of why a fresh approach is needed when it comes to the expenditure of public money.

“It’s up to Local Government to make sure TasWater is running efficiently, but as a State Government we would provide clear guidance and set a responsible example.

“Tasmanians deserve confidence that the people spending their taxes are doing so responsibly.

“This policy would be just one part of Labor’s disciplined approach to budget management.”