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Report of the Inquiry into the education and prevention functions of Victoria’s integrity agencies

Corruption Public servants Government integrity Government regulatory policy Public service Public sector Victoria

Victoria’s integrity system is comprised of a number of bodies, each of which perform a role in maintaining trust and confidence in public administration. Together, they help protect the integrity of the Victorian public sector.

The Independent Broad‑based Anti‑corruption Commission (IBAC) is responsible for identifying, exposing, investigating and preventing corrupt conduct in the public sector.

The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) oversights Victoria’s privacy, information security and freedom of information (FOI) regimes. It aims to facilitate greater access to information while safeguarding privacy, especially with regard to the use of personal information by public sector bodies.

The Victorian Ombudsman (VO) investigates and resolves complaints about the administrative actions of Victorian government agencies, including local councils.

The Victorian Inspectorate (VI) oversights a number of key integrity agencies, including IBAC, OVIC and the VO, by monitoring their compliance with the law and procedural fairness requirements.

This report is organised into seven chapters. The first chapter provides an introduction to the Victorian integrity system, including the role of the Committee; the rationale and Terms of Reference for the inquiry; and the work of the Committee.

The remainder of the report is structured as follows:

  • Chapter 2 provides a survey of the legal landscape, including the legislative provisions relevant to the education and prevention functions of IBAC, OVIC, the VI and the VO.
  • Chapter 3 provides a survey of the integrity agencies’ current approaches to their educative and preventive work, including education and training, publishing programs, and stakeholder engagement, as well as complaint handling, investigations, reviews and audits. It also examines the agencies’ approaches to maintaining integrity within their own organisations.
  • Chapter 4 identifies the best practice principles for corruption prevention and education, drawing on Victorian, interstate and international research, practice and experience.
  • Chapter 5 examines the degree to which IBAC, OVIC, the VI and the VO meet best practice in the exercise of their education and prevention functions, and makes recommendations for a range of improvements.
  • Chapter 6 focuses on the measurement of the quality and impact of the integrity agencies’ education and prevention efforts, making recommendations for a number of enhancements.
  • Chapter 7 concludes the report with the Committee’s reflections on the agencies’ exercise of their education and prevention functions.
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