Corruption is marked by the misuse of power and authority by public officials. The Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act (LEIC Act) defines corrupt conduct as conduct involving:
- abuse of office
- perversion of the course of justice, or
- corruption of any other kind.
Find out more about the definition of corruption by reading our factsheet – ‘What is Corruption? Defining Corrupt Conduct’.
What falls within ACLEI's jurisdiction?
There are 2 or 3 limbs that need to be satisfied for an allegation to be a corruption issue, according to the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006. Learn more about ACLEI's jurisdiction and how we assess your report.
Why does corruption matter?
Public officials and institutions are entrusted with their power and authority by the community. The misuse of that power and authority, through corruption, undermines the trust and confidence of the community in those officials and institutions.
Corruption in law enforcement agencies is particularly damaging. When a law enforcement officer engages in corrupt conduct it has far reaching impacts for the individual, the agency, the Australian Government and the community.
Find out more about why corruption matters by reading our factsheet – 'Why corruption matters'.
Appropriate counter-measures are important to mitigate corruption risk in law enforcement agencies and minimise the impact.