The Hon. Bruce Lander QCCommissioner
The Commissioner's Report
The Commissioner's fourth annual report details key statistics and information about the operations of the Commissioner and the Office for Public Integrity.
"The investigation of corruption remains our core focus."
The Commissioner's report addresses the effectiveness of his office including the need to balance reactive operations (in the form of investigations) with proactively serving the Commissioner's function to prevent inappropriate conduct (in the form of education, research and prevention activities).
“There is little point prosecuting an individual without also informing and educating public authorities and public officers about improper conduct risks.”
The Commissioner also revisits issues he has raised in previous reports including the quality of investigations undertaken by public authorities, the need for a misconduct register, and the difficulties associated with the application of the codes of conduct for local government.
The Office for Public Integrity (OPI)
The OPI receive and assess all complaints and reports made under the ICAC Act.
Once the OPI has made an assessment of a complaint or report, it will make a recommendation to the Commissioner as to the action he might take. In some circumstances the OPI will determine the action to be taken.
Subject of Complaints & Reports
A primary function of the Commissioner is to identify and investigate corruption in public administration and where appropriate, refer it for prosecution.
A matter assessed as raising a potential issue of corruption in public administration can be investigated by the Commissioner or referred to another law enforcement agency for investigation.
"In the reporting period, five matters were referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for consideration and a further 10 persons were charged with 158 offences. Seven persons were found guilty of engaging in corruption, while corruption investigations referred to SAPOL have resulted in 32 persons being prosecuted”.
General nature of investigations commenced by the Commissioner during reporting period
Misconduct and Maladministration Referrals
Where a matter is assessed as raising a potential issue of misconduct or maladministration in public administration the Commissioner must either:
- Refer the matter to an inquiry agency
- Refer the matter to a public authority
- Exercise the powers of an inquiry agency and investigate the matter himself
Prevention, education and communications
A key statutory function of the Commissioner is to prevent or minimise corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration through the facilitation of an education program.
As at 30 June 2017 the ICAC and OPI comprised 55 staff making up 48.1 FTE (full time employees).