Govt admits staff lost IT equipment valued at over $100k


news Government employees have cost the taxpayer many thousands of dollars-worth in lost or stolen IT equipment, it has been revealed.

Mobile phones, laptops, remote access tokens and tablet devices were among the goods most commonly lost, misplaced or stolen from ministerial and departmental staff in the 2014-15 Financial Year, the Government has revealed – losses that amounted to more than $100,000 in total.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop’s staff accounted for the biggest losses at more than $45,000. Immigration and Border Protection staff apparently mislaid cameras, computers, modems, phones and other equipment at a loss of over $30,000.

However, losses for the departments of the Prime Minister, the Treasurer, and the Ministers for Health, Sport and the Environment have not so far been detailed.

Labor said in a statement: “There’s their economic credibility, their legislative agenda, their Speaker, their Prime Minister and a swathe of Ministers – but they also managed to lose more than $100,000 worth of communications and IT equipment.

Chair of Labor’s Waste Watch Committee, Pat Conroy, said the Abbott/Turnbull governments had “a habit of losing important things”. “At the end of the day these are unnecessary costs and the government should be doing all it can to avoid expenses like this from racking up,” he said.


  1. To be honest I’m surprised the losses aren’t higher. How many staff for those losses?

    • Agree. If we walk out of the Church of the number God for a moment the qualitative angle matters more; what information was on this lost equipment and what privacy/security breaches followed?

  2. Of course the losers here are us. We wind up paying the bills… Wouldn’t it be nice if the Ministers responsible… Actually, let’s give the responsibility to the Gov’t Whip and Pres. of the Senate: deduct the full cost of the item plus the estimated value of the intellectual property from the relevant Ministers’ paypackets. Even better, don’t worry about the value recovery: every individual loss results in a $5,000pa pay cut to the Minister reponsible for the department losing the equipment.

    Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    • Direct personal penalties are the only accountability measure that would have any hope of keeping ministers in check. A schedule of financial penalties and criminal charges for breaches holding them personally responsible for, you know, their own decisions, is long overdue.

  3. “Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop’s staff accounted for the biggest losses at more than $45,000.”

    Seems like that airport worker was in the right…

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