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Independence & accountability

The Commissioner and the OPI are independent and accountable.

The Commissioner is independent. He is not subject to the direction of any person in relation to the way he carries out his functions and exercises his powers.

However, the Commissioner's office and the OPI are subject to scrutiny to ensure the people of South Australia that the functions of both offices are well served, and powers appropriately used.

Accountability Measures

Parliamentary Committee and Responsible Minister

The Commissioner's office is subject to the oversight of the Parliamentary Crime and Public Integrity Policy Committee. The Commissioner is required to promptly provide a copy of any public report, including the annual report, to the committee. The Commissioner gives evidence before this committee each year.

The Commissioner must also keep the Attorney-General informed of the general conduct of the functions of the Commissioner and the OPI.

Independent Reviewer

An independent reviewer is appointed to undertake an annual review of the Commissioner's exercise of powers, to ensure those powers were exercised in an appropriate manner. The review also considers whether the practices and procedures of the Commissioner and the OPI were effective and efficient, and whether the operations made an appreciable difference to the prevention or minimisation of corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration.

The independent reviewer can also receive complaints from members of the public relating to an abuse of power, impropriety or other misconduct on the part of the Commissioner or employees of the Commissioner or of the OPI.

The role of the reviewer is not to review the decisions of the Commissioner or the OPI in relation to the outcome of a complaint or report. 

For further information about the role of the reviewer, you can visit the reviewer's website.

View ICAC reviewer website

Complaints can be made to the reviewer by downloading and completing the complaint form on the reviewer's website and sending it via email to icacreviewer@sa.gov.au or by mailing it to The Reviewer, GPO Box 2371, Adelaide, South Australia, 5001.

Reviews of the ICAC and the OPI's exercise of powers

Report of a review of the operations of the ICAC and the OPI
For the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017
Report of a review of the operations of the ICAC and the OPI
For the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016
Report of the operation of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 pursuant to section 61 of the Act
For the period 20 December 2012 to 24 November 2017
Report of a review of the operations of the ICAC and the OPI
For the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
Report of a review of the operations of the ICAC and the OPI
For the period 1 September 2013 to 30 June 2014
Annual Report

The Commissioner is required to publish an Annual Report that details information and statistics in relation to complaints, reports, investigations, referrals, evaluations and education activities (as outlined in section 45 of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (ICAC Act)).

View our annual reports

Other Accountability

The Commissioner is also accountable to various bodies with oversight of the Commissioner’s exercise of powers in an operational context, for example the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth) and the Surveillance Devices Act 2004 (Cth).
The Commissioner is subject to regular audits.