Over the last 12 months we championed urgent reforms in the media, with parliamentarians and across international forums. We also rolled up our sleeves this year to work with the private sector and civil society in Australia by hosting 11 events to share insights and build coalitions to tackle corruption both locally and abroad.
With more than 17 years of dedicated advocacy, we heartily welcomed the historic establishment of the National Anti- Corruption Commission (NACC) to bestow the powers and teeth Australia needs to hold public institutions and officials to the standards our community need, and public merely expect.
We also worked with the government and Senate to ensure that the first round of improvements to protections for public sector whistleblowers were both robust and easy for employees and employers to navigate. Similarly, we participated in the Australian Open Government Partnership co-creation process that will make our government more transparent, open and fair.We were also instrumental in shining a light on Australia’s weak anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing (AML/CTF) laws.
Internationally, we continue our attention on our mining and infrastructure program, working collaboratively with Transparency International Chapters around the world to identify and act on corruption risks in these corruption prone sectors.
Despite these advancements and more, we’re still facing the very real pressures of rising authoritarianism, entrenched kleptocracy and illicit flows of money across our geopolitical landscape. We’re also seeing the race to a clean energy future bring new corruption risks.