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corruption perceptions index (cpi)



The 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International reveals that most countries have made little to no progress in tackling public sector corruption in more than a decade. What is more, over two-thirds of countries score below 50 out of 100, which strongly indicates serious corruption problems.

Governments are largely failing to stop corruption – over 80 per cent of the world’s population lives in countries with CPI scores below the global average of 43.

The global trend of weakening justice systems is reducing accountability for public officials, which allows corruption to thrive. Authoritarian and also many democratic leaders undermining justice are increasing impunity for corruption, and even encouraging it by eliminating consequences for criminals.

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’s 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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