Under the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 (Vic), the Committee has the function of monitoring and reviewing the performance of the Independent Broad‑based Anti‑corruption Commission (IBAC), which is the key anti‑corruption agency in Victoria. Previously, the Committee has exercised this monitoring function by reviewing relevant reports, conducting hearings on IBAC’s performance using reported outcomes and undertaking reviews and inquiries.
For more than a decade, there have been calls for oversight bodies to develop formal frameworks to monitor the performance of anti‑corruption agencies (ACAs) such as IBAC. Transparency International, for example, has been developing guidelines for monitoring the compliance of ACAs with best practice. Similarly, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the OECD and the European Partners Against Corruption have been involved in developing guidelines and assisting countries in this process.
Towards the end of 2016, after almost four years in operation, the Committee thought it timely to develop a framework for more systematic monitoring of IBAC based on best practice principles to enhance its current oversight work.
The Committee engaged Professor A. J. Brown, of Griffith University, as a consultant to assist in the development of an appropriate framework. The Committee greatly appreciated Professor Brown’s insights, expertise and invaluable contributions to the development of the framework presented in this report.
The Committee looks forward to further developing and implementing this pioneering framework in the coming year, confident that it will strengthen the Committee’s monitoring work and make an important contribution to Victoria’s anti‑corruption system.