Commonwealth Integrity Commission
The Australian Government is now inviting feedback on the draft legislation to implement the Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC). Find out more about the consultation process, including how to share your views, on the Commonwealth Integrity Commission – exposure draft legislation page.
On 13 December 2018, the Australian Government announced that it will establish a CIC to strengthen integrity arrangements across the federal public sector.
The CIC will be a centralised, specialist centre for the investigation of corruption in the public sector. It will also work with agencies to build resilience to corruption and bolster agency capability to detect, deter and investigate corrupt conduct.
The CIC will be established as an independent statutory agency, led by a commissioner and two deputy commissioners. The CIC will comprise:
- a law enforcement integrity division – this will have the same functions and powers as the current Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, but with a broader jurisdiction
- a public sector integrity division – this will investigate alleged criminal corruption involving government departments and their staff, parliamentarians and their staff, the staff of federal judicial officers, and in appropriate circumstances, recipients of Commonwealth funds.
The Australian Government invited submissions on a consultation paper outlining the proposed CIC model between 13 December 2018 and 1 February 2019.
2018 consultation paper on proposed reforms
Further information on the functions and structure of the CIC as proposed in the 2018 consultation paper is outlined in the following paper.