Anti-corruption watchdog to investigate alleged Tourism Australia travel expenses rort


The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has been called in to investigate an alleged travel expenses rort by three staff at Tourism Australia.

Three Tourism Australia employees have been sacked over allegations of charging taxpayers $137,441 for personal travel.

Tourism Australia chief executive Phillipa Harrison said the organisation had discovered the misuse of travel funds in October 2023, with NACC called in on January 21.

“The three employees undertook personal travel that was booked through Tourism Australia’s corporate travel agent, and was invoiced to Tourism Australia,” Harrison told a Senate committee in Canberra.

“Tourism Australia demanded that the three individuals repay the full amount of the travel, and that full amount was $137,441, and that was fully repaid to Tourism Australia in December 2023.”