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Review of compliance with the Parliamentary Disclosure of Interests Register under the Parliamentary (Disclosure of Interests) Act 1996

Summary

The Board has endorsed a review of Members’ of Parliament compliance with the Parliamentary Disclosure of Interests Register under the Parliamentary (Disclosure of Interests) Act 1996. This is part of our legislated role to monitor the disclosures register, and any other register relating to the conduct of Members of Parliament, under section 30(a) of the Integrity Commission Act.

As we have done in the past, the project will include an administrative review of the declarations made by Tasmanian MPs and MLCs, including an analysis of possible inconsistencies and omissions in declared interests in the context of the requirements of the Act. For the first time, it will also include an audit of a random sample of disclosures to see whether members are declaring all of their actual interests. Previous reviews were carried out in 2017 (PDF, 359.4 KB) and 2018 (PDF, 1.0 MB), where we foreshadowed that we would undertake more forensic reviews in future.

We will also be looking at best practice when it comes to disclosures of interests and the monitoring of risk registers, to see how Tasmania compares with other jurisdictions.

The aim of this project is to monitor compliance with the Register, encourage more active disclosures of interests, and gain insight and intelligence as to the requirement and value in investing greater resources in this area. Our past reviews have found disclosures lacking in accuracy and information, and this review is an opportunity to verify whether the system – including changes implemented as a result of previous audits – is working.

This is the first time we have publicly announced its monitoring work before a project has been completed. This is part of our objective to encourage transparency and enhance public confidence in the conduct of public officers.

The Board intends to table a report on its findings in Parliament at the end of the project in early 2022.

This page was last updated on 25 Oct 2021.