2018 Corruption Perceptions Index

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The results of the Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 are troubling. This year’s index shows that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption. Even worse, it reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world.

The index ranks 180 countries using a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Globally, more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of just 43. You can see the full results here.

With many democratic institutions and norms currently under threat – often by leaders with authoritarian or populist tendencies – we analysed the relationship between corruption and global democracy trends.

We found that public sector corruption can contribute to a backsliding of democratic institutions and values

What's Australia's Score?

Despite attempts to combat corruption around the world, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts – including Australia, who has continued to slide.

While Australia’s ranking has not changed – 13th for four years running – and it may appear we are holding ground, our CPI score has notably decreased over the last seven years.

In 2012, Australia scored 85 out of 100. Today, in the latest CPI, Australia has slipped 8 points, receiving a score of 77, and remains outside the top 10 countries. Australia received the same score of 77 in 2017.

The 2018 CPI results indicate that more needs to be done to strengthen Australia’s national integrity system.