This paper outlines why ACLEI is no substitute for a National Integrity Commission.
- ACLEI has insufficient resources and powers, including:
- ACLEI’s definition of corrupt conduct is more limited than the definitions of the state-based anti-corruption commissions.
- ACLEI cannot refer cases to the Director of Public Prosecutions, but only to the AFP Commissioner.
- ACLEI cannot make findings of corrupt conduct, but only refer misconduct to agency managers.
- Because ACLEI is under-resourced, it relies on the AFP to carry out its major investigations. Since ACLEI is responsible for overseeing the AFP (and other agencies that, like the AFP, come under the Home Affairs department), this represents a potential conflict of interest.
- ACLEI has never, since its establishment in 2006, held any public hearing of an investigation.