accountable government



Across the world, there is a concerning popular perception that rich people buy elections.

The latest global corruption report points a finger squarely at the corrosive influence of money in politics. The murkier the political donations trail, the more corrupt a country tends to be. The more politicians consult with their friends and cronies rather than the broader public to inform their decisions, the more corrupt a country tends to be.

This year’s report has put Australia in 12th place, scoring 77 points on the 100-point scale. Since 2012, Australia has slid 8 points in Transparency International’s global corruption ranking.

While Australia still ranks among the world’s most corruption-free countries, for a number of years the very institutions that keep us honest have been sorely tested.


What we need

To avoid sliding further down the corruption scale:
  • We need greater transparency and stronger rules around political donations and lobbying;
  • We need to value and strengthen the independence of public institutions that check against the abuse of power and misuse of public funds; and
  • We need to value and empower the important role the public and the press play in keeping the government honest.

About the CPI

The CPI analyses the perceptions of public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories, drawing on 13 surveys of businesspeople and expert assessments.

The CPI uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Usually, a score below 50 indicates serious levels of public sector corruption.

Watch this great 4-minute explainer video to learn how we calculate the CPI.

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