On 28 November 2012, the South Australian Parliament passed into law the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (the ICAC Act).
The ICAC Act created two offices, the Office for Public Integrity (OPI) and the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC). Both offices are responsible to the Commissioner for the performance of their functions.
The ICAC and the OPI are designed to safeguard and enhance confidence in the integrity of public administration in South Australia.
The OPI is responsible to the Commissioner for the performance of its functions, which include receiving and assessing complaints and reports about public administration and referring matters for investigation in circumstances approved by the Commissioner.
The Commissioner’s office is a law enforcement body. The most well-known function of the ICAC is to identify, investigate and refer for prosecution, corruption in public administration. However, the Commissioner’s office has other important functions, which include assisting inquiry agencies and public authorities to identify and deal with misconduct and maladministration. The Commissioner can also conduct an evaluation of a public authority and is required to deliver an education program aimed at preventing or minimising corruption, misconduct and maladministration.
The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption is both independent and accountable. The Commissioner is not subject to the direction of any person in relation to any matter and will execute the functions and powers of the office without fear or favour.
The Act requires that each year the Commissioner prepare an annual report to be laid before Parliament and subsequently published on this website. The Act also provides for an independent annual review of the operations of both ICAC and the OPI.
ICAC’s jurisdiction extends to all South Australian public administration; this includes state and local government agencies and officers, Members of Parliament, members of the judiciary, statutory authorities and the police.
The ICAC Act became fully operational on 1 September 2013 and the doors to the OPI and the ICAC opened on 2 September 2013.
The ICAC and the OPI strive to make a positive contribution towards the ethical standards in public administration, for the benefit of all South Australians.
South Australia’s first Independent Commissioner Against Corruption is the Honourable Bruce Lander QC.