corruption perceptions index (cpi)



The 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals that most countries have made little to no progress in tackling corruption in more than a decade at a time when human rights and democracy are also under attack.

The scale of the problem is enormous: the global average remains unchanged at a score of 43 out of 100 for the eleventh year running, and more than two thirds of countries (68 per cent) have a serious corruption problem, coming in at a score below 50.

More corrupt regimes tend to deliberately suppress the civil and political rights of their citizens, and when these rights are weak, people are less able to tackle corruption. After many years of democratic backsliding, Australia is still lagging internationally, scoring 75 points on the 100-point scale.

What we need

To tackle corruption and make our democracy more transparent and farier, the Australian government should:
  • Increase transparency on political donations, campaign expenditure and stop the ‘revolving doors’ of lobbying;
  • Protect people who blow the whistle on corruption;
  • Stop corrupt officials and criminals from laundering money through poker machines, casinos and real estate, and;
  • Promote democracy through Australia‚Äôs aid program.

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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