Anti-Corruption Agencies in Australia
TI Australia Position Paper
To ensure Australia has effective legal and institutional capacities for preventing, detecting, exposing and remedying (including by prosecution) official corruption and corruption risks at all levels of government â€“ especially through appropriate independent agencies.
Anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) are a vital part of Australiaâ€™s national integrity system, relied on by community and government to lead the exposure of official corruption, head off emergent corruption risks, and ensure action to build confidence in Australiaâ€™s corruption resilience.
However there is growing confusion â€“ in government and publicly â€“ about the adequacy of Australiaâ€™s institutional arrangements for fighting corruption, including:
- variable, inconsistent or missing legal definitions of official corruption;
- whether ACAâ€™s efforts are properly prioritised, proactive and coordinated with other agencies;
- insufficient confidence that action is being taken to deal properly with individuals who engage in or benefit from corrupt conduct that is uncovered;
- whether ACAs have the right powers, sufficient resources and necessary independence from government;
- adequacy of accountability, oversight and performance assurance arrangements; and
- gaps in arrangements at the Australian federal government level…
For TI Australiaâ€™s full statement of the problem and what Australian governments, business and other stakeholders need to do about it, download our position paper.
Position Paper 3 â€“ January 2016