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Corruption Prevention

On a global scale, corruption skews markets and disproportionately disadvantages the poorest people on the planet.  Even in developed countries, corruption has the potential to undermine confidence in governments and economies.

Through the focussed objectives of detection, disruption and deterrence, anti-corruption agencies can help to strengthen corruption resistance and improve the integrity system.

The Corruption Prevention pages of this website provide insights into managing corruption risk.

While the key concepts are discussed within the frame of the Australian law enforcement environment, they may also be applied to other sectors or fields.

ACLEI's strategic purpose is to make it more difficult for corruption in law enforcement agencies to occur or remain undetected.

Corruption Vulnerabilities Brief 2020-21

ACLEI has published for the first time its annual Corruption Vulnerabilities Brief.

ACLEI is committed to strengthening the integrity of Australian Government law enforcement agencies. The Corruption Vulnerabilities Brief draws together and highlights the corruption prevention observations that the Integrity Commissioner made throughout 2020-21 to assist agencies to manage the corruption risks that may be present in their organisations. The Brief is based on analysis of all investigations undertaken under the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 (LEIC Act) and related prosecutions that resulted in findings of corruption or misconduct during the 2021 financial year.

Five key corruption vulnerabilities were identified including:

  • misuse of information
  • abuse of office
  • grooming
  • integrity in high volume processes, and
  • employment suitability

Read the Corruption Vulnerabilities Brief 2020-2021 here.

Corruption Prevention Strategy 2021-24

Corruption prevention is one of the Integrity Commissioner's core functions and is essential to ACLEI's vision, purpose and objectives.

ACLEI prevents corruption through:

  • Identifying and disseminating information on corruption vulnerabilities and risks
  • Providing tailored assistance to law enforcement agencies to detect corruption and mitigate risks
  • Specialist projects on emerging corruption threats and innovative approaches to prevention
  • Engaging with Parliament, agencies and the public

Over the next three financial years our corruption prevention efforts will focus on delivering the following outcomes:

2021-22: Building ACLEI capability and capacity

We will refine our internal processes for contributing to and drawing insights from investigations, intelligence and data. Our thematic focus is on misuse of information, corruption in contracting out to service providers, ongoing employment suitability and grooming.

2022-23: Developing benchmarks and best practise

We will benchmark integrity principles and maturity levels to develop a baseline for our future corruption prevention work. In addition, we will increase our partnerships across the public sector to disseminate corruption risk and prevention learnings. Our thematic focus will be informed by trends and vulnerabilities identified in the previous year and will include employment and ongoing suitability, managing conflicts of interest and procurement.

2023-24: Embedding and amplifying our learnings

We will support agencies to implement integrity best practice and assess maturity. Our thematic focus will be determined based on trends identified during the previous two years and agency needs as identified in an annual survey.

Read the strategy