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IBAC Commissioner, The Honourable Robert Redlich QC

Message from our Commissioner

Welcome to the first edition of IBAC Insights for 2021. Regular readers will be aware this e-newsletter is a key channel for sharing IBAC's work to expose and prevent corruption. While our focus is on Victoria, we share learnings and findings from integrity agencies across Australia, as well as internationally. Please share this newsletter with colleagues and anyone who is interested in building integrity and preventing corruption and police misconduct.

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Adam Graycar

Special features

Putting research into practice to prevent corruption in public administration

By Professor Adam Graycar

Professor Graycar has devoted a significant part of his career to understanding and researching corruption in government and is currently the Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Stretton Institute at the University of Adelaide. In this feature, Professor Graycar discusses his learnings from extensive global research focused on malfeasance in public administration in low corruption environments.

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Adam Fennessy

Victorian Public Sector Commission: our role in Victoria's integrity system

By Victorian Public Sector Commissioner Adam Fennessy PSM

Victoria's Public Sector Commissioner Adam Fennessy discusses the VPSC’s mandate to maintain and advocate for public sector professionalism and integrity. As Commissioner, Mr Fennessy is issues codes of conduct that set the integrity requirements for public sector employees, including board members of public entities across Victoria.

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Christine Howlett

Emerging public sector corruption risks in Victoria

By IBAC Executive Director Prevention & Communication Christine Howlett

IBAC's Executive Director of Prevention & Communication Christine Howlett highlights findings from IBAC's recent strategic assessment into present and emerging corruption risks. This strategic assessment is an important report for IBAC as it provides up-to-date intelligence which informs our decision making and the direction of future work.

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COVID-19 related complaints and notifications

IBAC received just over 250 complaints, notifications and enquiries relating to policing of the Chief Health Officer's directions and the broader public sector response to COVID-19 from 1 March to 31 December 2020. The complaints and notifications related to the conduct of police as they enforced the Chief Health Officer's directions, as well as complaints that police were not doing enough to enforce the directions.

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2020 Corruption Perception Index shows COVID-19 impact on corruption

Transparency International's latest Corruption Perception Index highlights the impact of corruption on government responses around the world to COVID-19 by comparing countries' performance to their investment in health care and the extent to which democratic norms and institutions have been weakened during the pandemic. IBAC resources help Victorian state and local government be alert to corruption risks during emergencies and crises and provide suggested prevention measures to help minimise risk.

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Digital case studies promote corruption prevention

IBAC's In Focus digital case study series on major investigations are an easy and engaging way to explore how investigations unfolded and provide relevant corruption prevention resources. The second in this digital series is Operation Ross, IBAC's investigation into excessive use of force by Victoria Police in Ballarat.

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Investigations update

IBAC investigations are an important mechanism for exposing public sector corruption and police misconduct. This is a summary of IBAC announcements from December 2020 to March 2021 regarding our operations.

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Corruption Prevention & Integrity Insights forum

We're preaparing to hold the next Corruption Prevention & Integrity Insights forum in late April / early May (dates TBC). Our forums bring together CEOs, senior leaders and managers from local and state government agencies to exchange practical tips on building integrity in public sector organisations. Advice on identifying and dealing with corruption and misconduct risks will be shared. The forum will be held online, please stay tuned for further details.

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