Department of Premier and Cabinet
Category
Department of Premier and Cabinet Circular
Identifier
P1996-32
Status
Archived

P1996-32 Official Overseas Travel

Description:

On 8 February 1996 Memorandum 1996-06 advised the removal of the delegation to Ministers for the approval of official overseas travel. Ministers were to submit such travel proposals to the Commissioner for Public Employment for approval.

On 8 February 1996 Memorandum 1996-06 advised the removal of the delegation to Ministers for the approval of official overseas travel. Ministers were to submit such travel proposals to the Commissioner for Public Employment for approval.

There has been time to assess the nature and pattern of proposals for overseas travel and it is now considered appropriate that Ministers decide for their own administrations the travel which is essential and can be funded within their Budget allocations. The requirement to submit travel' proposals to the Commissioner for Public Employment is now lifted from the date of this Memorandum.

All Ministers are to maintain a close personal interest in this area of activity. Each occasion of overseas travel, its date, purpose, and costs will need to be justified and recorded by agencies for audit purposes. The requirement for disclosure of overseas travel in the Annual Reports of agencies will continue.

In deciding the appropriateness of overseas travel, Ministers must ensure that all applications comply with the following general principles.

  • The strictest economy should be exercised by Ministers in approving official overseas travel. Significant benefit to the Minister's own administration and/or the State in general should be demonstrated.
  • Requests by officers to take private leave while undertaking overseas travel, or conversely extending private travel for official purposes should not be encouraged. Ministers, however, should consider each application on its merits
  • In respect of the class of travel the provisions contained in Circular 96-9 continue to apply. Variations should only be considered by Ministers in exceptional circumstances,
  • The Public Employment Office will collate details of all overseas travel and provide six monthly reports to the Premier. Chief Executive Officers will shortly be advised of these reporting requirements.

All other provisions relating to overseas travel, outlined in Circular 96-9 and not varied here remain in force.

Any enquiries concerning this matter should be directed to Emanuel Sklavounos on telephone number 9228 3570.

R.B. Wilkins
Acting Commissioner