Role of the Committee

Role of the Committee

The establishment of a national integrity commission, with particular reference to:

  1. the adequacy of the Australian government's legislative, institutional and policy framework in addressing all facets of institutional, organisational, political and electoral, and individual corruption and misconduct, with reference to:
    1. the effectiveness of the current federal and state/territory agencies and commissions in preventing, investigating and prosecuting corruption and misconduct,
    2. the interrelation between federal and state/territory agencies and commissions, and
    3. the nature and extent of coercive powers possessed by the various agencies and commissions, and whether those coercive powers are consistent with fundamental democratic principles;
  2. whether a federal integrity commission should be established to address institutional, organisational, political and electoral, and individual corruption and misconduct, with reference to:
    1. the scope of coverage by any national integrity commission,
    2. the legislative and regulatory powers required by any national integrity commission to enable effective operation,
    3. the advantages and disadvantages associated with domestic and international models of integrity and anti-corruption commissions/agencies,
    4. whether any national integrity commission should have broader educational powers,
    5. the necessity of any privacy and/or secrecy provisions,
    6. any budgetary and resourcing considerations, and
    7. any reporting accountability considerations; and
  3. any related matters.

The committee has access to the evidence and records of the 2016 Select Committee on the Establishment of a National Integrity Commission. If you previously submitted to the 2016 Select Committee on the Establishment of a National Integrity Commission, only re-submit to this committee if you need to update or amend your previous submission, or you have new information to provide.

The committee is not in a position to consider or examine individual cases or personal disputes. The inquiry terms of reference require the committee to consider the adequacy of the current integrity arrangements and to ascertain whether a national integrity commission should be established.

Please note that all documents sent to the inquiry become committee documents on receipt, and are only made public following a decision of the committee. The committee may decide not to accept or not to publish material that is not relevant to the inquiry's terms of reference or which reflects adversely on others.

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