Mandatory notifications are an important ingredient in the Victorian public sector's shared responsibility and commitment to identify and address integrity vulnerabilities. They help to prevent corruption and improve the integrity of the public sector.
Mandatory notifications of public sector corruption were introduced in December 2016. This obligation is set out in section 57 of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 (the Act).
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
You must notify IBAC of all suspected corrupt conduct. There is no legislative obligation for relevant principal officers to search out corrupt conduct, only report it when suspected. To meet the threshold for notification to IBAC, the conduct must:
- Be corrupt conduct as defined in section 4 of the Act; and
- Be an indictable offence or a prescribed common-law offence committed in Victoria; and
- Lead a reasonable person to suspect that corrupt conduct has occurred or is occurring (reasonable suspicion).
Directions for making a mandatory notification, including details about corrupt conduct and what constitutes a reasonable suspicion.