This Implementation Plan has been prepared by the National Integrity Committee, to provide policy advice on the implementation of the National Integrity Commission design outlined in the committee’s Design Principles and the Design Blueprint.
The Plan makes the following recommendations for the implementation of the National Integrity Commission:
A wide jurisdiction to investigate any conduct of any person, whether or not they are a public official, that adversely affects, or could adversely affect, the impartial or honest exercise of public administration.
The ability for the Commissioner to decide to begin investigations based on complaints, referrals from other agencies, and own motion investigations.
Strong investigative powers of a Royal Commission, including the ability to hold public hearings, and enforcement of these coercive powers through offences for withholding evidence, misleading the Commission, bribing witnesses etc.
Protections and oversight of the Commission’s investigative powers, including no ability to make findings of corrupt conduct, the appointment of a National Integrity Commission Inspector, a bipartisan Parliamentary oversight committee, appointment of a Commissioner through this bipartisan committee, the investigation only of ‘serious or systemic’ cases of corruption, the availability of judicial review, the necessity to hold multiple private hearings before public hearings, and that procedural fairness must be followed in all hearings.
A referral process between the National Integrity Commission and existing federal integrity agencies, following the systems established at a state level where multiple integrity agencies fulfil different jurisdictions and refer to eachother as needed.
The incorporation of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity into the National Integrity Commission to ensure central coordination and efficiency in the investigation of public sector corruption.