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What and who do we investigate?

How does the Commissioner decide which matters he will investigate?

The Commissioner can investigate the conduct of public officers working with or for South Australian state government agencies and authorities, local government and South Australia Police, if the conduct has been assessed as raising a potential issue of corruption (a criminal offence). In some circumstances the Commissioner can investigate serious or systemic misconduct or maladministration.

The Commissioner can investigate the conduct of:

  • public sector employees
  • employees of local government
  • elected officials
  • police officers
  • judges
  • public educators
  • public health providers
  • government boards
  • people providing contracted services to a public authority or the Crown

The Commissioner decides which corruption matters he will investigate. They are typically the more complex and sensitive matters. All other corruption matters are referred to South Australia Police (or other law enforcement agency) for investigation.

The Commissioner can also investigate any matter assessed as raising a potential issue of misconduct or maladministration if he thinks it is serious or systemic and he considers it is in the public interest to do so.

We do not  investigate:

  • the conduct of interstate or federal police
  • issues concerning commonwealth government agencies and authorities
  • issues concerning interstate agencies and authorities
  • judicial decisions
  • the private sector, if the conduct has no connection to South Australian public administration.