December 2012 (#159)

In this update:

  • 2012 TI Corruption Perceptions Index released

2012 TI Corruption Perceptions Index released

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 shows that corruption continues to ravage societies around the world. Two thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 2012 index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean), showing that public institutions need to be more transparent, and powerful officials more accountable. Transparency International Australia (TIA) has warned that four of Australia’s top trading partners have some of the most corrupt public sectors in the world. India, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam – among the nations that account for much of Australia’s trade – all ranked low. Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tie for first place with scores of 90, helped by strong access to information systems and rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions. Australia ranks 7th with a score of 85 and a range of 80-89. Click here for a summary of the global findings. Click here for a world map with country by country results.