What happens to complaints or reports?

Complaints and reports about public integrity are received and assessed by the Office for Public Integrity (OPI). The OPI also receive complaints about police officers.

Once the OPI has assessed a public integrity complaint or report, it will decide how the complaint or report is best dealt with, or it will make a recommendation to the Commissioner as to how the matter might be dealt with.

The Commissioner is not bound by the assessment of the OPI and may assess a matter himself and deal with it in accordance with his own assessment.

If the Commissioner believes the public integrity complaint or report does raise a potential issue of corruption he may:

  • conduct an investigation
  • refer the matter to the South Australia Police or other law enforcement agency for investigation.

If a public integrity matter is assessed as raising a potential issue of misconduct or maladministration in public administration, the OPI or the Commissioner may refer the matter to the Ombudsman or a public authority for further action.

The Commissioner may also exercise the powers on the Ombudsman and investigate the public integrity matter himself.

If the Commissioner determines that a public integrity complaint or report is trivial, vexatious or frivolous, or it has previously been dealt with by an inquiry agency or public authority and there is no good reason to re-examine it, he may decide to take no further action.


Police integrity complaints and reports are managed differently. The OPI will refer a complaint about police to the Internal Investigation Section (IIS) of SAPOL within three days, unless it has been referred to the Indepenent Commissioner Against Corruption.

The OPI will monitor the action taken by police on all complaints and reports and can intervene and give directions in respect of investigations.

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