Budget independence for Victoria's Independent Officers of Parliament
Outlining the need for greater budgetary independence, this joint paper sets out a case to further strengthen the perceived and actual independence of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, Victorian Auditor-General's Office and the Victorian Ombudsman.
The key recommendation is that consideration of their funding be the responsibility of a new independent statutory commission/tribunal, similar to the current Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal. All evidence, reasoning and recommendations to the Treasurer would be tabled in Parliament to promote full transparency.
In publishing this paper, Victoria's integrity agencies are seeking to establish a more transparent and robust process, that is apolitical and provides the parliament and the community with assurance that their respective offices have the resources they need to do their jobs well.