Ethics and accountability


Declarations of Members' Interests

The purpose of the Statement of Registrable Interests is to place on the public record Members' and Ministers' interests which may conflict, or may be seen to conflict, with their public duty.

Members and Ministers are to complete the Declaration of Interest form (Word Word, 44 KB) at the beginning of each Assembly and then a Declaration Update form (Word Word, 15 KB) notifying the Clerk of any alterations.

Ethics and Integrity Adviser

The Ethics and Integrity Adviser for Members of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT is appointed by the Speaker for the life of each Assembly and the period of three months after each election.

The current Ethics and Integrity Adviser is Stephen Skehill. Mr Skehill has extensive public sector and legal experience in the Australian public service as well as in private practice. During his career he has held positions as the Australian Government Solicitor and Secretary of the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.

Annual reports of the Ethics and Integrity Adviser

Review of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT

Advice of the Ethics and Integrity Adviser

For further information in relation to the Ethics and Integrity Adviser for Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory contact the Clerk of the Assembly on 62050173.

Commissioner for Standards

On 14 February 2014, Dr Ken Crispin QC was announced by the Speaker as the Legislative Assembly's inaugural Commissioner for Standards. This appointment was made for an initial period of two years, in accordance with the resolution of the Assembly of 31 October 2013.

On 9 January 2017, the Speaker reappointed Dr Crispin QC as Commissioner for Standards for the period 15 January 2017 to three months after the election for the 10th Assembly.

Relevant document for the role includes:

For further information about the Commissioner for Standards, contact the Clerk of the  Assembly on 02 6205 0173.

Travel reporting and former entitlements

Travel reporting

The ACT Remuneration Tribunal determines the entitlements of members travelling on “Assembly business” as well as travel by minsters or the Speaker on “official business” as office holders.

In late 2009, following consultation with the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, the Speaker determined that the Assembly’s website should be updated twice each year to show all travel on Assembly or official business undertaken by non-executive members and their staff during the current Assembly, and that a link to all study travel reports submitted by non-executive members is also included on the website.

Twice yearly Ministerial travel reports were also previously provided to the Office of the Legislative Assembly by the ACT Executive for publication on the website. The final period of reporting published in this format was the ‘July to December 2017’ period. Following the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2016, information publically reported from 1 January 2018 includes both Ministerial and Ministerial staff travel, and is available on the ACT Government Open Access website.

Travel on Assembly business includes:

  • travel as part of service on an Assembly committee;
  • travel in accordance with non-executive members’ entitlement, as determined by the Remuneration Tribunal, for the purposes of studies and investigations;
  • travel as a representative of the Assembly branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association or as an office holder of the Association; and
  • travel as a representative of the Assembly as determined by the Speaker.

Travel on official business as an office holder includes ministerial travel and attendance by the Speaker at the annual Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference and other travel related to the functions of the office of Speaker.

Ministerial travel reports

Non-executive travel reports

9th Assembly Travel Reports

8th Assembly Travel Report 

7th Assembly Travel Report 

Former entitlements

Discretionary Office Allocation

With effect from 1 July 2014, the Discretionary Office Allocation (DOA) arrangements ceased to operate. Further information on the replacement arrangements are contained in the ACT Remuneration Tribunal's Determination No 7 of 2014 (PDF  550KB). Specific queries about previous expenditure of DOA by non-executive MLAs can be directed to the Office of the Legislative Assembly via ola@parliament.act.gov.au">