ACT Integrity Commission


About the ACT Integrity Commission

The ACT Integrity Commission (the Commission) partially commenced on 1 July 2019. The Commission began receiving corruption reports from 1 December 2019.

Former Federal Court judge the Hon Justice Dennis Cowdroy has been appointed as the first ACT Integrity Commissioner commencing 1 July 2019.

The Commission is an independent body that has the power to investigate corruption in public administration and strengthen public confidence in government integrity.

This new body will play an important role in ensuring the transparency and accountability of the ACT public sector and Legislative Assembly.

The Integrity Commissioner will be an Officer of the Legislative Assembly, joining the Auditor-General, the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, and the Electoral Commissioner. The Speaker is responsible for appointing the Integrity Commissioner.

The establishment of the Commission will not change the way that ACTPS staff, statutory office holders and political staffers are expected to work.

More information about the functions of the ACT Integrity Commission and how to make a complaint can be found by visiting the Commission’s website at www.integrity.act.gov.au.

Background

The establishment of an independent integrity commission was an election commitment of the 9th Legislative Assembly.

In 2017, the Legislative Assembly established the Select Committee on an Independent Integrity Commission to inquire into the most effective and efficient model for the ACT. On 31 October 2017, the Select Committee released its report citing 79 recommendations. The Select Committee report is available on the Legislative Assembly website.

At its core, the Select Committee recommended that the Government establish a standing integrity body to investigate, expose and prevent corruption and foster public confidence in the integrity of government.

On 26 February 2018, the Government Response to the Select Committee report was released with the Government providing its support to establish an integrity body and committing to develop draft legislation. The Government furthered this commitment in the 2018-19 Budget, providing funding of $8.4 million over four years to establish the ACT Integrity Commission.

On 31 July 2018, the Government tabled its Integrity Commission Bill 2018 as an Exposure Draft and referred the Exposure Draft alongside its associated Explanatory Statement to the 2018 Select Committee on an Independent Integrity Commission for consideration.

The 2018 Select Committee reported on 31 October 2018 with 57 recommendations, including that the Government table a bill based on the Integrity Commission Bill 2018 Exposure Draft which incorporated amendments as recommended by the Select Committee. The Government has considered the Select Committee’s report and released its Government Response, amended Integrity Commission Bill 2018 and associated Explanatory Statement.

The ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Integrity Commission Act 2018 on 29 November 2018.

The Integrity Commission Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced and debated in the Legislative Assembly in June 2019 to allow for a split commencement of the legislation to allow for enough time for the incoming Integrity Commissioner to familiarise himself with the role, engage staff and establish the process to receive referrals.

The Integrity Commission will be developing a website in due course. When this is available, the link to the website will be included on this web page.

Contact

To access the above documentation in an accessible format please email: cmteddmedia@act.gov.au

The ACT Integrity Commission’s website can be accessed at www.integrity.act.gov.au.