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Inspector of the National Anti-Corruption Commission

Information about the National Anti-Corruption Commission

The Australian Government has introduced legislation to establish the National Anti-Corruption Commission (the Commission) to Parliament. Subject to the passage of legislation, it is anticipated the Commission will begin operations in mid‑2023.

The Commission will be a central pillar in the Government’s broader federal integrity framework and will work closely with heads of other integrity agencies across the Commonwealth to strengthen the integrity of the Commonwealth public sector.

Subject to the Parliamentary process, the Commission will be established as a non-corporate Australian Government entity and will have broad jurisdiction to investigate and report on serious or systemic corruption across the Commonwealth public sector. This includes the power to investigate Ministers, Parliamentarians and their staff, statutory officer holders and employees and contractors of government agencies.

The Commission will have the discretion to commence investigations on its own initiative or in response to referrals from anyone, and to investigate both criminal and non-criminal corrupt conduct and conduct occurring before or after its establishment. The Commission will also have an education and prevention function and provide advice on corruption risks, vulnerabilities and strategies to address them, strengthening corruption prevention across Government.

The Commission will have offices in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

For information about the legislation to establish the Commission, visit the Attorney-General's Department website.

Role of the Inspector

This position will be created by legislation establishing the National Anti-Corruption Commission, which is currently before the Parliament and subject to a Joint Select Committee inquiry. Applicants should be aware that Parliamentary consideration of the Bills may result in changes to the functions, duties and powers of the role described below. Appointments will be subject to the passage of the legislation.

The Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest from outstanding leaders with an impressive record of achievement and a demonstrated commitment to integrity and accountability for appointment as the Inspector of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. Subject to the passage of the legislation, it is anticipated the appointment of the Inspector will begin in mid-2023.

The Inspector will be an independent officer of the Parliament who gives assurance to the Parliament and the Australian community that the Commission is operating fairly and effectively. The role of the Inspector will involve detecting and investigating corruption issues within the Commission, investigating complaints about the conduct of the agency or its staff, and dealing with relevant disclosures under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013. The Inspector will complement other oversight functions provided by the Parliamentary Joint Committee and Commonwealth Ombudsman.

The Inspector will be able to deal with NACC corruption issues by investigating issues themselves, conducting a joint investigation (for example, with the Australian Federal Police), or referring the issue to an appropriate agency. The Inspector will be required to prepare reports on all investigations and table reports in Parliament where an investigation involves a public hearing. The Inspector will also be required to table an annual report in both Houses of Parliament which sets out general information on the operations of the Inspector.

As the Inspector, you will display impeccable judgement and personal resilience in a complex and sensitive environment. To be successful in the role, you will confidentially handle sensitive information and complex matters, leading investigations with integrity and confidence. You will display extensive experience in administrative and/or criminal law, and a strong understanding of public sector processes and structures. As an essential part of the oversight and assurance of the Commission, you will demonstrate a proven commitment to accountability and integrity.

Eligibility

To be eligible for appointment as the Inspector, you must be a retired judge of a federal court or a state or territory court, or a legal practitioner enrolled for at least 5 years.

Applicants must have, or be able to obtain, a high-level security clearance. To be eligible for an Australian Government security clearance, you must be an Australian citizen and have a checkable background. To obtain a high-level security clearance, applicants must be prepared for a detailed and intrusive review of their past and present movements and to maintain standards of integrity that are beyond reproach. Information on security clearance processes is available at the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency website.

Selection criteria

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria set out above, applicants will be assessed against the following core criteria:

  • shapes strategic thinking
  • achieves results
  • exemplifies personal drive and integrity
  • cultivates productive working relationships
  • communicates with influence. 

More information about these criteria, and the capabilities relevant to each, is available at the Australian Public Service Commission’s website

The successful applicant will also display:

  • experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • administrative and/or criminal law
    • leading complex investigations involving the use of significant powers.
  • experience working in or dealing closely with the public sector.
  • the highest standards of professional and personal integrity and accountability and the capacity to promote these in an organisation.

The APS welcomes and encourages applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ+ people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age people.

Terms and conditions

The Inspector is appointed by the Governor-General for a term of up to 10 years. In addition, proposed appointments will be subject to consideration by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

The Commission will have offices in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The Attorney-General's Department will provide logistical support for the Inspector, including corporate services and a small office of staff.

The remuneration for this position will be set by the Remuneration Tribunal. An interim determination of a daily fee for the position has been set by the Remuneration Tribunal at $3000 per day, to be confirmed following passage of the legislation to establish the Commission.

How to apply

Applications must include:

  • an expression of interest, of no more than 4 pages, outlining your claims against the eligibility and selection criteria above.
  • a resume detailing the full particulars of your qualifications, experience and expertise.
  • the names and contact details of at least 2 referees who have recent, direct and relevant experience of your work. Applicants will be notified before referees are contacted.

To apply, please review and complete the requirements outlined above. Email your application materials to applications.australia@ngs-global.com, citing NACC Inspector – J16032. Please include any reasonable adjustments you may require for this process.

Applications close 11.59pm AEDT, 14 November 2022.

Contact

If further information is required after reviewing the role description and information please contact Dr Marianne Broadbent, Mark Lelliott, or Grant Nichol on +61 3 8626 0600 or 1300 138 863.

Assessment Process

Written applications will be assessed by a panel, with shortlisted applicants further assessed at interview. Recommended candidates from this process will be considered for appointment by Cabinet, as well as a Parliamentary Joint Committee as required under the legislation, prior to recommendation to the Governor-General.

Communication

All advice and communication will be sent to applicants via email. Please ensure the email address provided is correct.