ACT Integrity Commission


About the ACT Integrity Commission

The ACT Integrity Commission (the Commission) will be an independent body that will have the power to investigate corruption in public administration and strengthen public confidence in government integrity.

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 will be 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.

It is expected the Commission will be established and commence operations in 2019.

Key documents

Background

The establishment of an independent integrity commission is 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 has now released its Government Response, amended Integrity Commission Bill 2018 and associated Explanatory Statement.

The Government will introduce the Integrity Commission Bill 2018 in the Legislative Assembly in the sitting week commencing 27 November 2018.

Contact

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