IBAC’s Local Government Integrity Framework Project explored the corruption prevention measures in place at six councils. This paper highlights both good practices and possible areas for improvement to help councils strengthen their individual integrity frameworks.
The aim of the research was to provide baseline information on current systems and practices in place to prevent corruption in local councils in Victoria.
The paper outlines the councils’ and staff responses on risk assessment, levels of perceived risk and instances of corrupt conduct, governance, and prevention and detection measures.
The research found that overall, councils are quite good at identifying and rating risks. However, the application and monitoring of controls is an area where gains could be made to ensure that risks are actually being managed effectively.
The paper also highlights the importance of leadership and setting the ‘tone from the top’, and the role this plays in establishing a culture of intolerance of misconduct and corruption.