The ACT Committee for an Independent Integrity Commission has today tabled its final report. Among its 79 recommendations, the Committee recommends that a standing Anti-Corruption and Integrity Commission (ACIC) be established in the ACT.
The report’s recommendations relate to the ACT’s integrity framework, the jurisdiction, scope and powers of an ACT ACIC, accountability and independence, staffing and resourcing, legislative application and other issues. The report can be accessed at: https://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/select_committees/an-Independent-Integrity-Commission/Inquiry-into-an-Independent-Integrity-Commission#tab-1002307-6
Key recommendations from the Committee include:
At the 2016 ACT General Election all three parties represented in the Assembly committed to act on integrity in government, including through the establishment of an independent integrity commission for the ACT.
On 15 December 2016, the Legislative Assembly established the Committee to inquire into the most effective and efficient model of an independent integrity commission for the ACT and make recommendations on the appropriateness of adapting models operating in other jurisdictions.
As part of its considerations, the Committee invited and received a range of submissions from interested organisations and individuals, as well as briefings from governance and integrity experts. The Committee visited anti-corruption bodies in other Australian jurisdictions and heard from witnesses through public hearings in July and September 2017.
The Committee acknowledges that the ACT is a human rights jurisdiction and that there needs to be appropriate safeguards in the enabling legislation of an ACT ACIC to ensure procedural fairness and to guard against abuse of its investigative and coercive powers. The Committee is of the view that it has addressed the application of human rights considerations by recommending that reasonable limits are placed on the circumstances in which such powers can be exercised, and by ensuring that procedural fairness and natural justice considerations are an inbuilt part of the work of an ACT ACIC.
STATEMENT ENDS—Tuesday 31 October 2017
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