Mandatory notifications of public sector corruption were introduced in December 2016. This obligation is set out in section 57 of the
As the head of your department, agency or council (the ‘relevant principal officer’), you are obligated to notify IBAC when you have reasonable grounds to suspect corruption is occurring or has occurred in your workplace.
What you must notify IBAC about
Relevant principal officers aren’t required to search out corrupt conduct. However, they must report suspicion of conduct that:
IBAC recognises that sometimes it can be difficult to discern what constitutes corrupt conduct or at what point reasonable suspicion is formed. Relevant principal officers should exercise their judgement, and may seek independent legal advice before notifying IBAC.
Be careful to maintain confidentiality, do not approach anyone you suspect of wrongdoing, and do not commence an internal investigation before notifying IBAC.
If in doubt, submit a notification to IBAC for assessment.
Misconduct that does not meet the mandatory notification threshold described above does not need to be reported to IBAC (for example, low level misconduct or performance related issues which should be handled internally as disciplinary or staff development matters).
Download and complete the mandatory notification form below. Use additional Part B and Part C forms if required.
IBAC will acknowledge all notifications in writing. IBAC will then assess the notification and either:
dismiss it (for example, where there is not enough information)
refer it back to the notifying agency or a more appropriate prescribed body to investigate the matter (for example, the Victorian Ombudsman, if the alleged conduct does not meet IBAC’s investigation threshold)
start a preliminary inquiry or full investigation into the matter (where we assess whether serious or systemic corruption may have occurred or is occurring).
The IBAC Act requires us to prioritise investigations of a serious or systemic nature.
Relevant principal officers will be notified in writing of the outcome of IBAC's assessment and advised of any further steps that need to be taken.
Relevant principal officers should contact IBAC if urgent action is required before or during the assessment.