Global leadership in combating corruption
We lead Australia's active engagement in a range of regional and international forums and initiatives including:
- the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) (ratified by Australia on 7 December 2005)
- the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime (ratified by Australia on 27 May 2004)
- the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (OECD Anti-Bribery Convention) (ratified by Australia on 18 October 1999)
- the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group
- the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts Task Force
- participating in the Asian Development Bank OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for the Asia Pacific
- the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
- the Commonwealth Secretariat on anti-money laundering measures.
G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group
Australia is a key member of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group.
In 2014, Australia co-chaired the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group as part of Australia's G20 presidency. As co-chair, Australia led the development of a new G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan, which will guide the G20 anti-corruption agenda for 2015-16. G20 Leaders endorsed the new action plan at the Leaders' Summit in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014:
Australia also led the development of a 2015-16 G20 Anti-Corruption Implementation Plan, which provides a detailed outline of the G20 anti-corruption work program for 2015-16:
Under Australia's leadership, the working group also developed G20 High-Level Principles on Beneficial Ownership Transparency. The principles outline the steps G20 countries will take to prevent the misuse of legal entities (such as shell companies) for illicit purposes such as money laundering and tax evasion, and to ensure they are transparent. G20 leaders endorsed the principles at the Leaders' Summit in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014:
More information is available on Australia's G20 website.
United Nations Convention against Corruption
The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is the first binding global instrument that deals with corruption. States that are parties to UNCAC are required to undergo a review of their implementation of key chapters of the convention every five years.
In 2012 Australia's implementation of Chapters III (Criminalisation & Law Enforcement) and IV (International Cooperation) of the UNCAC was reviewed and found to be fully compliant. The report on Australia's implementation of Chapters III and IV of the UNCAC has been finalised, and the executive summary of this report is publicly available: