Accountability and reporting

The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) is subject to a range of reporting and accountability obligations. These obligations ensure the operations of Australian Government agencies are transparent to the Australian public.

Key documents including our Corporate Plans, Annual Reports and Budget statements are provided in the Resource Centre. Finance and accountability obligations are outlined in detail below.

Parliamentary oversight

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity reports to both Houses of Parliament on matters relating to ACLEI. The Committee monitors and reviews the performance of the Integrity Commissioner’s functions, and examines each annual report and any special reports produced by the Integrity Commissioner.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee provides independent advice and assurance to the Integrity Commissioner on our accountability and control framework. This includes verifying and safeguarding the integrity of our financial and performance reporting. You can learn more in the ACLEI Audit Committee Charter.

Integrity plans and policies

Australian Government officials must perform their duties ethically, accountably and transparently.

To support this, ACLEI has a range of internal integrity plans and policies in place. As an integrity commission, our staff members must adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

ACLEI Fraud and Corruption Control Plan

This policy sets out the Integrity Commissioner's expectations of staff in preventing, detecting, investigating and responding to fraud and corrupt conduct. View our 2021–2023 plan.

ACLEI Integrity Risk Reporting and Management

This policy sets out our arrangements for submission, recording, assessment, management and review of integrity reports and associated risk management strategies. It aims to ensure integrity reports are handled with consistency and efficiency. View the latest policy.

Values and Code of Conduct

ACLEI staff members must adhere to the Australian Public Service Values and Code of Conduct. View our procedures for determining breaches of the APS Code of Conduct are available. Allegations of corrupt conduct relating to ACLEI staff are managed in accordance with the provisions of the LEIC Act. Learn more about Complaints.

Conflicts of interest

ACLEI staff members must declare any known interest or association that may give rise to actual or perceived conflict with official duties. Staff must also report anything else that may put their—or ACLEI's—integrity at risk. Conflicts of interest are then managed in accordance with ACLEI’s internal policies. In some cases, strategies for managing potential, perceived or actual conflicts of interest may need to be identified by staff and agreed with their manager. This could include development of a management plan which is reviewed at least annually. This conflict of interest management framework helps protect the integrity of staff members by ensuring they are not self-managing risk. It also helps protect the integrity of ACLEI by ensuring possible conflicts of interest are managed appropriately.

Gifts and benefits register

Gifts, benefits and hospitality can create actual, perceived or potential conflicts of interest for public officials. To avoid such a situation, ACLEI staff members must generally decline any gifts or benefits offered to them in connection with their employment. Any gift or benefit they do accept must be declared.

ACLEI publishes details of gifts or benefits received by the Commissioner that are valued at over $AUD100.00 (excluding GST) in line with guidance from the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC).

The APSC requires agencies to provide a link to their agency head gifts and benefits register, update the register within 31 days of receiving a gift or benefit, and publish ‘nil’ returns when the agency head has not received a gift or benefit during the reporting period.

In addition, and as required by ACLEI’s Gifts and Benefits Policy, any gift or benefit received or offered by ACLEI staff members is included in ACLEI’s register of gifts and benefits and reported monthly to the Internal Governance Board. Details of any gift or benefit received by an ACLEI staff member with a value of over $AUD100.00 (GST exclusive) is published on ACLEI’s website quarterly.

Table 1. March 2022 to 30 June 2022

Date received

Date recorded

Gift of benefit

Received by

Presented by

Occasion

Estimated value in $AU (excluding GST)

 

 

Nil

Integrity Commissioner

 

 

 

02/05/2022

03/05/2022

Gift – coffee cup and T2 bags; a small notebook and lens cloth; Haigh’s chocolate freckles. Chocolate and tea was distributed to staff.

Executive Director
Operations (Northern)

Attorney-General's Department

Tri-partite serious fraud panel

$44.50

 

 

Table 2. January 2022 to 31 March 2022

Date received

Date recorded

Gift of benefit

Received by

Presented by

Occasion

Estimated value in $AU (excluding GST)

 

 

Nil

Integrity Commissioner

 

 

 

11/03/2022

28/03/2022

Gift Hamper comprising consumable items, drink bottles and pens. Alcohol declined with thanks. Remaining items distributed to staff.

Assistant Director Property and Security on behalf of ACLEI

Shape Builders

Completion of office refurbishment

$704.10

 

Table 3. September 2021 to 31 December 2021

Date received

Date recorded

Gift of benefit

Received by

Presented by

Occasion

Estimated value in $AU (excluding GST)

23/07/2021

16/09/2021

Gift, a publication titled ‘The Automated State’

Integrity Commissioner

Janine Boughey, UNSW

Not applicable

$109.10

 

Murray Motion Senate Order on entity contracts listing for the 2021-22 Financial Year

Pursuant to the Senate Order for entity contracts, we have published a list of contracts entered into by Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive) and which

  • have not been fully performed as at 30 June 2022, or
  • have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 30 June 2022.

For a list of all contracts required to be listed pursuant to the Senate Order, visit the Austender website.

Most of the contracts listed contain confidentiality provisions of a general nature that are designed to protect the confidential information of the parties that may be obtained or generated in carrying out the contract. The reasons for including such clauses include:

  • ordinary commercial prudence that requires protection of trade secrets, proprietary information and the like; and/or
  • protection of other Commonwealth material and personal information.

The Accountable Authority of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity has assured that the listed contracts do not contain any inappropriate confidentiality provisions.

Invoices, tenders and contracts

Tenders

Visit AusTender to find details of all contracts worth $10,000 or above that we have entered into.

Send us an invoice

To send us an invoice:

  • Email your invoice for payment to finance@aclei.gov.au
  • Or you can mail it to:
    Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity
    GPO Box 605
    CANBERRA ACT 2601
    AUSTRALIA

As part of the Australian Government’s Digital Business Plan, we are e-invoicing enabled – offering more efficient and accurate invoice payments to our suppliers.

Our PEPPOL number is 0151:78796734093

E-invoicing is the automated digital exchange of invoice information directly between a buyer's and supplier's accounting systems.

Australia uses the internationally established PEPPOL e-invoicing framework. It contains common standards that allow invoice exchange between different accounting systems.

To find out more about eInvoicing, visit the Australian Taxation Office website.

ACLEI contracts

Procurement contracts required to be listed pursuant to the Senate Order on non-corporate Commonwealth entity contracts (Murray motion) are available through the Australian Government’s centralised procurement information system Austender.

The Accountable Authority of ACLEI has assured that the listed contracts do not contain any inappropriate confidentiality provisions.

We estimate that the cost of complying with the Senate Order is $325. We determined this by calculating the time taken to collect, analyse and compile the information and applying salary costs and on-costs.

Legal services expenditure

Under the Legal Services Directions 2017, all Australian Government departments and agencies must publish a record of legal services expenditure by 30 October each year for the previous financial year.

Our legal expenditure statements are available here.

Statements for previous periods are provided in the Resource Centre.

Indexed file lists

Senate Order 12 for production of indexed lists (Harradine Order) requires all Australian Government departments and agencies to produce an indexed list of files every six months for tabling before parliament. The production of the list is intended to make the operations of government more transparent to the Australian public.

The lists are tabled twice a year:

  • Spring sittings - files created in the preceding July to December
  • Autumn sittings - files created in the preceding January to June

The list does not include:

  • files transferred to the National Archives of Australia
  • files essentially related to ACLEI's internal administration (staff or personnel, accounts, training, or general administrative matters)
  • case related files (for example personal representation or dealing with the personal affairs of ACLEI clients)
  • file titles whose national security classification is Confidential, Secret or Top Secret or their equivalent
  • files whose titles would disclose the deliberations of Cabinet.

Some information in file titles may be deleted, such as:

  • commercially confidential information
  • identifiably personal information, and
  • any security classified information which is disclosed in or which could reasonably be established from a file title.

The current indexed list and those for the previous calendar year are published here.