Mandatory notifications progress report
In 2016, the Victorian Parliament introduced legislation that made mandatory the notification of suspected corrupt conduct to IBAC, by Relevant Principal Officers (heads of Victorian government departments, agencies and council CEOs). This report provides a brief overview of the mandatory notification regime in Victoria, after its first 12 months of operation.
Since 1 December 2016, Relevant Principal Officers have been required under section 57 of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 (IBAC Act), to mandatorily notify IBAC of suspected corrupt conduct.
Corrupt conduct, as defined in the IBAC Act must constitute an indictable offence against any Act, or the common law offence of attempt to pervert the course of justice, bribery of a public official, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office.
Relevant Principal Officers must have reasonable grounds to suspect that corrupt conduct is occurring or has occurred before notifying IBAC. This means making an assessment of whether there is a real possibility that corrupt conduct is, or may be, involved.
Number of mandatory notifications received by IBAC
From 1 December 2016 to 30 November 2017, IBAC received 109 mandatory notifications. These comprised 48 (44 per cent) from local councils and 61 (56 per cent) from state government agencies.
The number of mandatory notifications represents a small fraction (approximately five per cent) of the 2211 complaints received by IBAC in the period.