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Foreign bribery

Bribery of a public foreign official is a serious criminal offence that carries heavy penalties.

Foreign bribery results in inefficient allocation of resources and economic distortions. It is a threat to democracy and the rule of law, corrosive of good governance and an impediment to economic development.

International cooperation is required to effectively combat foreign bribery by ensuring that countries adopt common rules. Australia is a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Group on Bribery and a party to the key international conventions concerned with combating foreign bribery:

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Working Group on Bribery

The OECD Working Group on Bribery monitors implementation of the Anti-Bribery Convention and provides comprehensive information about global anti-corruption initiatives.

Australia's anti-foreign bribery regime is subject to periodic review by the group.

The group publishes a report on each of its reviews and these are available from the OECD website.

Foreign bribery online learning module

In 2014, the Attorney-General’s Department led the development of an online learning module on foreign bribery. The module is for industry and government, and provides advice on Australia’s anti-bribery policy, relevant laws and how they apply, and steps that business can take to help promote compliance.

The foreign bribery online learning module is free to access and supports users with accessibility requirements.

Foreign Bribery Information and Awareness Pack

The Australian Government's Foreign Bribery Information and Awareness Pack provides key information on the offence of bribing a foreign public official and steps for reporting suspected foreign bribery.

Fact sheets, brochures and posters from the pack are available to download below: