Purchasing and Credit Card - OP Business Division Procedure

To be read in conjunction with

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Te Pūkenga Kaupapa-here | Interim Delegations Policy

Te Pūkenga National Expenditure Policy

Note:  These Former Otago Polytechnic Limited Policies have changed status to an Otago Polytechnic Business Division Procedure and will be read in conjunction with the approved Te Pūkenga policy/ies and be applied to our ongoing operations and activities until further notice.

OP Business Division Procedure - Delegations from Te Pūkenga to the Executive Director and Authorities and Sub Delegations from Executive Director

Approval Date
10 January 2023
Approved By
Executive Director
Next Review
10 January 2024
Executive Leadership Team, Otago Polytechnic Business Division

To provide guidelines and procedures for staff who hold purchasing cards for use in limited procurement of goods and services.

Purchasing cards include credit cards, fuel cards, and any other cards that are used to pay for goods or services.


This policy encompasses all the activities and operations of Otago Polytechnic Business Division, including any controlled entities, and applies to the Otago Polytechnic Business Division employees (including permanent, fixed-term, and casual), secondees, contractors, and consultants.

  1. All card expenditure is to meet standards of probity and financial prudence and should be considered in conjunction with the OPBD Procedure - Sensitive Expenditure


Application Process

  1. An Otago Polytechnic (OP) staff member in conjunction with their Formal Leader may apply for a purchasing card, on demonstration of a business need. This includes regular travel off-campus and other valid expenditure payable by purchasing card that is not covered by the purchase order process.
  2. New cardholders will be required to complete a Card-holder Agreement Form Conditions of Use, Appendix 1.  This will then be authorised by the OP Executive Director and the OP Director: Finance Services.
  3. Individual card limits are set in conjunction with the staff member and their Formal Leader and will be the minimum necessary to enable the cardholder to undertake their duties for Otago Polytechnic.



  1. The cardholder is responsible for adhering to the Purchasing Card parameters, including the individual billing cycle limit as applicable.
  2. Each card is issued in the name of the cardholder, and they (the cardholder) must abide by the terms and conditions of card use advised by the bank at the time of issue and any subsequent amendment.
  3. Card details should not be saved online unless required for regular subscription/service provision.
  4. The card is to be used only for business-related purchases. Personal charges should not be made against the card. If this happens in error, the charges must be reimbursed as soon as possible.
  5. Where improper use of a purchasing card is suspected the purchase record will be discussed and verified with the cardholder’s Formal Leader. This will alleviate the issues that may arise from an emergency or inadvertent misuse. However, if proven to be improper use this will be considered as misappropriation of the organisation’s funds and is likely to result in disciplinary action and/or revocation of the card. Fraudulent use may result in the instigation of legal proceedings.
  6. The cardholder may not use the card to obtain cash, either directly or indirectly, from ATMs, EFTPOS terminals, and bank branches except with prior authorisation by the OP Executive Director or OP Director: Finance Services.
  7. The cardholder is responsible for adequately securing the card from loss and theft. However, if this occurs, they must immediately notify the Card Provider to indemnify the organisation from further debt, then advise the Director: Finance Services or a Senior Accountant.
  8. The cardholder is responsible for timely notification of disputed transactions appearing on the cardholder statement, in accordance with Westpac’s timelines.
  9. The cardholder is the only person entitled to use the card and is responsible for all charges made against the card while it is in their possession. 
  10. The cardholder is required to surrender their card upon resignation or termination of employment with Otago Polytechnic.


Approvals of expenditure

  1. Card expenditure must be approved in line with Appendix 1 of the OP Business Division Procedure - Delegations from Te Pūkenga to the  Executive Director and Authorities and Sub-delegations from Executive Director. This should be by an O Pstaff member senior to the cardholder where possible and should be given before the expenditure is incurred wherever practical.
  2. Expenditure at a function should be paid using the card of the most senior person attending and should be approved by a staff member who is not at the function.
  3. The use of the OP Executive Director’s card should be reviewed and authorised in accordance with the Te Pūkenga Kaupapa-here / Interim Delegations Policy.
  4. In approving any expenditure on any Otago Polytechnic card, the individual approving must be satisfied that it has been used for a justified business purpose.


Director: Finance Services responsibilities

  1. The OP Director: Finance Services is responsible for:
    • Monitoring and reporting on card use
    • Ensuring that cards are cancelled with the bank when they are no longer required
    • Ensuring that cards are physically destroyed when they are no longer required
    • Maintaining a register of cardholders
    • Applying standard card limits for each area of responsibility
    • Recording on the register any variation to the agreed card limit
    • Reporting the list of cardholders and limits annually to the Audit and Risk Committee.

The OP Director: Finance Services may delegate these responsibilities to an OP Senior Accountant.

Card reconciliations and documentation

  1. The cardholder is required to review the monthly cardholder statement within the nominated time frame through the online web expenses system. This includes uploading copies of supporting documentation to verify the transactions recorded against the purchasing card and allocating a General Ledger code for each transaction, thereby enabling your designated approver to verify and authorise the transactions. The authorisation is to be completed within four (4) working days of the month following the end of the billing period.
  2. Documentation requirements are no different to normal procurement processes involving invoices and purchase orders. This is to provide a valid audit trail and evidence for subsequent review and GST claims. The documentation needs to be a valid tax invoice, not just an EFTPOS docket.
  3. If any of the supporting documentation is missing the cardholder must complete and sign a “No supporting document” form available on Tūhono and this must be signed off by the delegated authoriser. Reoccurring instances of missing documentation will result in the card being cancelled.
Version Control

 POLICY VERSION: V6 Previously Coded: MP0352