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Category Finance
Type Procedure
Approved by Chief Financial Officer
Date Procedure Took Effect 16 April 2002
Last approved revision 5 July 2013
Sponsor Chief Financial Officer
Responsible officer Financial Controller


These procedures relate to the establishment and operation of Petty Cash by University Departments.


Accounts Payable Office
Financial Services Division Accounts Payable Office
Finance One
University Corporate Financial System
University of Otago Christchurch
University of Otago Wellington


Use of Petty Cash

Petty cash should only be used where the use of a purchasing card or another method of payment is uneconomic or inefficient. Petty cash must not be used for staff reimbursements.

Management of Petty Cash

Ensure one member of staff is responsible for petty cash.

Receipts must be obtained for all petty cash purchases.

Petty cash must be kept in a locked container in a locked drawer or cabinet.

Petty Cash reimbursements should be sought well before the entire petty cash float is exhausted, as the Accounts Payable Office only pays reimbursements once a week.

Reimbursement of Petty Cash

Reimbursements will be processed using the appropiate Finance One document format.

Attach all receipts to the petty cash form in the same order as they are listed on the form.

Reconcile the petty cash by adding the cash on hand to the total expenditure on the claim form. The total of these two amounts should equate to the total petty cash advance.

Ensure that the form is certified as being correct, i.e. approved by the Head of Department.

Send all documentation to the Accounts Payable Office.

Reimbursement will be made in the form of a cash cheque issued through the Accounts Payable Office.

Cheques under $200 will be distributed by mail.

For cheques over $200, you will be advised when the cheque is available for collection from the Accounts Payable Office, room 144 first floor Clocktower building.

All UOC and UOW cheques will be delivered by mail.

Sign the attached receipt and return it to the Accounts Payable Office immediately. This is your acknowledgment of having received the cash cheque.

Petty Cash Reimbursement Cheques

Must be presented promptly at the bank.

Contact for further information

For further information, contact the

Financial Controller
Tel +64 3 470 4638