Government integrity



Report

Report of the DPC Inquiry: Appointment of Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas

Public servants and the general public should be able to have confidence that public service appointments are made based on merit. This report seeks to address specific problems arising in two recent recruitment processes, as well as making recommendations for system-wide change to bolster the...
Working paper

Anti-corruption and public integrity strategies - insights from new OECD indicators

The experience of OECD countries shows that addressing corruption requires a comprehensive policy approach. The main purpose of this paper is to inform assessment of anti-corruption policies in the OECD Economic Surveys.
Report

Review of culture and accountability in the Queensland public sector: final report

This review aspires to influence a cultural shift, which encourages openness from the top, starting with Cabinet processes and a resulting shared focus on identifying and dealing with the challenges Queensland faces.
Position paper

Designing the National Integrity Commission: critical design details

This position paper outlines what the Centre for Public Integrity believes are the essential elements that should form the design of a National Integrity Commission for Australia.
Report

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

This inquiry reports finds that Victorian integrity agencies have generally performed well in achieving educative outcomes through their inquiries, investigations and reports. They have also engaged conscientiously with the public sector and the public, through public information campaigns and often high‑quality education and prevention. resources...
Guide

Statement of ministerial standards: April 2022

This document has been prepared in light of a recognition that public office is a public trust, and therefore, the people of Australia are entitled to expect that, as a matter of principle, government ministers will act with due regard for integrity, fairness, accountability, responsibility...
Position paper

Transparency International Australia's 2022 election position statement

In this election position statement, Transparency International Australia calls on all parties and candidates in the 2022 federal election to commit to making integrity reforms a reality within the next three years.
Report

Still toothless: jurisdictional, funding and secrecy issues in the Integrity Commission Tasmania

This report draws on recommendations of the National Integrity Committee, a group of prominent judges and lawyers convened by the Australia Institute. The report compares the Tasmanian Integrity Commission with other integrity bodies around Australia.
Policy

Politics for people, not corporations and billionaires

This policy statement outlines The Greens' policy position on parliamentary standards, political donations and the establishment of a federal integrity commission.
Report

Against the odds: action for empowerment and accountability in challenging contexts

This research largely took a ‘citizen-eye’ view to the question of how authority is understood, and how citizens, especially marginalised groups, make claims, express grievances, seek to have their voices heard and hold authorities to account.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Anne Ruston says the government's proposed federal integrity commission would have powers 'well in excess' of a royal commission. Is she correct?

In an interview on the ABC's Insiders programme Social Services Minister Anne Ruston defended the strength of the government's proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission claiming "our particular bill suggests that the powers of the commission are well in excess of a royal commission." Verdict: Senator Ruston's...
Report

Selling out: how powerful industries corrupt our democracy

This report explores how the powerful fossil fuel, gambling and tobacco industries are attempting to take advantage of Australia’s weak integrity laws, thereby distorting the nation's democratic processes, to put profits ahead of society's wellbeing.
Report

Five steps to higher standards in public life: what should happen now?

The UK government’s u-turn in the Owen Paterson (MP) case has yet again raised the question of how standards in public life can be upheld. This paper sets out the Institute for Government’s recommendations – drawn from a recent conference and their wider work on...
Discussion paper

Which watchdog?

This paper asserts that comparing the features of existing state integrity commissions with the models proposed by the federal government, the ALP and Helen Haines, the Morrison Government’s Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) would be the weakest and least effective integrity agency in the country.
Briefing paper

Improving ethical standards in government

This report calls for new rules to extend the prohibition on former cabinet ministers lobbying government, new enforcement powers to ensure ministerial rules are followed, and greater transparency surrounding the outside interests of civil servants.
Briefing paper

Shining light on political finance for the next federal election

Recently-released data from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for the 2019/20 financial year reveals that a large amount of political parties’ declared income over the period is of unexplained origin. In order to enhance accountability and transparency and promote public trust in the lead-up to...
Strategy

Australia’s national integrity system: the blueprint for action

From greater transparency over political lobbying and donations, to stronger protection for whistleblowers, to a strong and independent anti-corruption watchdog, this document lays out the essential reforms Australia needs to drive greater transparency, government accountability and integrity.
Guide

Building integrity during times of crisis or emergency

These resources aim to help state and local government sectors review and strengthen integrity responses and improve capacity to prevent corrupt conduct during times of emergency and crisis.
Position paper

A fit for purpose National Integrity Commission

This position paper explains why Australia needs a strong national integrity commission and what it needs to be fit for purpose.
Report

Personnel security: due diligence over public service employees

In this audit, the Victorian Auditor-General examined personnel security measures at all eight government departments, and the Victorian Public Service Commission. The report specifically assesses agencies’ employment screening practices and how they are managing conflict of interest risks during recruitment.