The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) supports the Integrity Commissioner to provide independent assurance to government about the integrity of Australian Government law enforcement agencies and their staff members.
The office of the Integrity Commissioner and ACLEI are established by the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 (the LEIC Act). The Attorney-General is responsible for the administration of the LEIC Act.
The Integrity Commissioner investigates allegations of corruption in the following Australian Government law enforcement agencies:
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
- Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (including the former Australian Crime Commission, the former CrimTrac Agency and the former National Crime Authority)
- Australian Federal Police (including ACT Policing)
- Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
- Australian Securities and Investments Commission
- Australian Taxation Office
- Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)
- Department of Home Affairs, including the Australian Border Force
- Office of the Special Investigator, and
- prescribed aspects of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
Other Australian Government agencies can be prescribed by regulation under the LEIC Act.
ACLEI's primary role is to investigate law enforcement-related corruption issues, giving priority to serious and systemic corruption.
The Integrity Commissioner must consider the nature and scope of corruption revealed by investigations, and report annually on any patterns and trends in corruption in Australian Government law enforcement and other Government agencies which have law enforcement functions. Accordingly, ACLEI collects intelligence about corruption in support of the Integrity Commissioner's functions.
ACLEI also aims to understand corruption and prevent it. When, as a consequence of performing his or her functions, the Integrity Commissioner identifies laws of the Commonwealth or administrative practices of government agencies that might contribute to corrupt practices or prevent their early detection, he or she may make recommendations for these laws or practices to be changed.
Information about corruption comes from members of the public, members of prescribed agencies, and from ACLEI's own detection initiatives. The heads of the agencies in ACLEI's jurisdiction must also notify the Integrity Commissioner of any corruption issues that arise in their agencies. Any information that indicates corrupt conduct has occurred, is occurring, or may be likely to occur, can be investigated by the Integrity Commissioner.
In addition, the Minister may request that the Integrity Commissioner conduct a public inquiry into all or any of the following:
- a corruption issue
- an issue about corruption generally in law enforcement, or
- an issue or issues about the integrity of staff members of law enforcement agencies.
Report a corruption issue here.
One of the challenges in law enforcement is that organised criminal networks may seek to engage in infiltration and compromise to facilitate unlawful activities. Staff members of law enforcement agencies are possible targets of such attempts. The potential harm caused by corruption-enabled border crime is particularly significant.
Law enforcement agencies lead the collection of intelligence about organised crime, and this information can provide insights about corrupt conduct and corruption risk. Likewise, integrity investigations can yield new information about the activities of criminal groups.
Accordingly, ACLEI engages with the operational 'core business' areas of the agencies in the Integrity Commissioner's jurisdiction, as well as with their Professional Standards units, to share information about organised crime operations and work together to counter threats to law enforcement integrity. Cooperative arrangements with other law enforcement and state integrity agencies are similarly important to achieving this outcome.