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What should you make a complaint or report about?

Find out what type of conduct you should report to the OPI.

You should make a complaint or report to the OPI if you think a South Australian public officer has broken the law, or acted in a way that is seriously inappropriate or negligent.

This would include the conduct of any state or local government agency, South Australia Police or other government authority, and the people who work with them and for them. 

Types of conduct that you should report

Corruption

Corruption is ordinarily conduct of a public officer (in his or her capacity as a public officer) that is a criminal offence. This includes conduct related to abusing power or position for a benefit, bribery and dishonesty offences. The full statutory definition of corruption can be found in section 5 of the ICAC Act and also in our glossary of terms.

Misconduct

Misconduct is when a public officer behaves inappropriately and fails to meet the ethical and professional standards required by the code of conduct under which he or she is employed. The full statutory definition of misconduct can be found in section 5 of the ICAC Act and also in our glossary of terms.

Maladministration

Maladministration is about poor governance or the mismanagement of public resources or functions that might have serious implications for an agency and/or the community. The full statutory definition of maladministration can be found in section 5 of the ICAC Act and also in our glossary of terms.

Should I report this?

Why should you make a complaint or report?

You should make a complaint or report because the South Australian community deserves a professional public sector they can trust.

When public institutions and the people who work with or for those institutions do not act with integrity it affects individuals and the community in many ways, big and small. It wastes public resources that might otherwise be available to provide services to you and your family, it undermines confidence in the system and sometimes it can cause serious injury or even death.

Regardless of the outcome of your complaint or report, the information you give us is valuable. It helps us to develop a big picture of the public administration, including identifying risks and vulnerabilities. We use this information to develop corruption prevention information and resources.

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