recommend preventative action if we identify systemic issues and organisational corruption risks. This could include:
recommendations to strengthen the practices, policies and procedures of the public body
providing information to help employees learn how to prevent corruption and misconduct.
We share the outcomes of private and public investigations in our annual reports and investigation reports.
A key part of IBAC’s corruption prevention and education is preparing and tabling special reports to the Victorian Parliament on major investigations into serious corruption issues or sectors and themes.
Special reports examine and discuss the evidence in an investigation. They also provide observations and recommendations on preventing and improving systems in the organisation we are focused on. Sometimes, reports contain ‘adverse comment’ about witnesses or others involved in the investigation.
Under our duty of ‘procedural fairness’ or ‘natural justice’, anyone subject to an adverse comment has the chance to respond before the report is published. They can seek legal advice about their response but this is not publicly funded. Our reports include responses from interested parties.
If we decide to identify someone in a report who’s not the subject of adverse comment, we must be satisfied it’s in the public interest and won’t unreasonably damage their reputation, safety or wellbeing.