Who We ARE
We are part of a global movement against corruption.
Transparency International Australia is the national chapter of Transparency International, a global coalition against corruption operating in over 100 countries. Each chapter is independent and unique, and together we aspire to a unified vision: a world free of corruption.
Our mission is to tackle corruption by shining a light on the illegal practices and unfair laws that weaken our democracy. We shine a spotlight through our research, which informs our evidence-based advocacy to build a better system. We work collaboratively with businesses, government agencies and community groups to close the loopholes on corruption.
We are proud to work alongside other organisations doing great work and we are members of the Australian Corporate Accountability Network, Publish What You Pay Australia, OECD Watch and the Whistleblowing International Network.
Who We help
We all benefit from a healthy democracy, with strong roots grounded in transparency and accountability.
But when corrupt politicians, business people or individuals steal our shared resources, cheat their way into powerful positions or write rules that benefit themselves, their family or friends at the expense of others – everyone loses.
By promoting transparency and accountability, we ensure our government and business sectors operate with the highest standards of integrity. By tackling corruption, we tackle the root causes of social and environmental injustice and the barriers to fair and sustainable development.
What We Do
Our strategy out to 2021 is focused on strengthening the integrity of our national parliament and government, and working with businesses to take a zero tolerance approach to corruption. We are calling for a national anti-corruption and integrity agency, and greater accountability over political donations, lobbying, and the ‘revolving door’ between political office and company payroll. We also want stronger rules to stop money laundering and foreign bribery and better protection for whistleblowers in the public and private sectors.
Meanwhile, we also host Transparency International’s global mining program. This program has brought together 23 TI offices around the world to shine a spotlight on how mining permits are awarded. By asking: ‘who has the right to mine, and under what conditions?’ we are working with our peers in some of the world’s most resource-rich countries to prevent corruption before ground is even broken.
Governance & Management
We are a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, and an Affiliate Member of the Australian Council for International Development.
Our Board of Directors provide support on a voluntary basis. Our staff is headed by the Chief Executive Officer with support from the Chair, other Directors and TIA members who provide invaluable assistance.