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Agency overview

This chapter describes ACLEI's purpose, functions, priorities and structure.


ACLEI's strategic purpose–through performance of functions prescribed by the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 (the LEIC Act)–is to make it more difficult for corruption in law enforcement agencies to occur or to remain undetected.

The agencies subject to the Integrity Commissioner's jurisdiction are:

  • the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (including the Australian Crime Commission, and the former CrimTrac Agency and National Crime Authority)*
  • the Australian Federal Police (including Australian Capital Territory Policing)
  • the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)
  • prescribed aspects of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and
  • the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (including the Australian Border Force).

* The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission commenced on 1 July 2016. The ACC, CrimTrac Agency and former National Crime Authority were already part of the Integrity Commissioner's jurisdiction.

Other agencies with law enforcement functions may be added by regulation.

Functions and approach

The LEIC Act establishes a framework within which the Integrity Commissioner and the relevant agency heads can detect and investigate corruption issues and prevent corrupt conduct jointly and cooperatively (the Integrity Partnership).

Working with strategic and jurisdictional partners, ACLEI aims to deliver an effective, efficient, economical and ethical anti-corruption capability which addresses corruption risk and strengthens the law enforcement integrity system. When appropriate, the Integrity Commissioner uses statutory information-gathering powers to assist investigations.

This arrangement recognises both the continuing responsibility that the law enforcement agency heads have for the integrity of their staff members and the role that the Integrity Commissioner–as independent decision-maker–plays in the law enforcement integrity framework. Accordingly, the Integrity Commissioner works to ensure that indications and risks of corrupt conduct in law enforcement agencies are identified and addressed, to strengthen those agencies against compromise.

Strategic priorities

ACLEI seeks to work innovatively and cooperatively with its partners to detect, disrupt and deter corrupt conduct in the agencies in the Integrity Commissioner's jurisdiction. Under the LEIC Act, the Integrity Commissioner must give priority to serious or systemic corruption issues in those agencies. For this reason, ACLEI aims to pursue those investigations which are most likely to yield the highest strategic contribution to maintaining and improving integrity in law enforcement.

ACLEI's strategy is to prioritise those areas of administrative, regulatory or law enforcement activity that would be significantly undermined if corruption were to become established.

ACLEI delivers its priorities through three program and three enabler outputs, as shown.

Outputs–delivering ACLEI's priorities

ACLEI overview

Program outputs and activities

  • Detect
    • Instances of possible corrupt conduct are identified
    • Vulnerabilities and corruption risks are identified
  • Disrupt
    • Instances of possible corrupt conduct are addressed
    • Information is given to partner agencies to mitigate corruption risk and vulnerabilities
  • Deter
    • Insights about corruption risk contribute to strengthening anti-corruption frameworks

Enabler outputs and activities

  • Capable and Strategic
    • Operational resources are matched to the task and targeted for maximum effect
    • Cooperative arrangements with partner agencies make effective use of resources and specialist skills
  • Well-governed and Efficient
    • Governance and risk management arrangements take account of ACLEI's operational role
    • Staff maintain high professional standards
    • Financial and management controls ensure the proper use of resources
  • Lawful and Fair
    • Legislative obligations for use of powers are met
    • Powers are used ethically and proportionally
    • Sensitive and personal information is managed securely and respectfully

Organisational structure

As at 30 June 2016, ACLEI had funding for a maximum average staffing level of 52 people, including the Integrity Commissioner. The Integrity Commissioner is supported by two Executive Directors. The Executive Director Operations manages operational activity and relationships. The Executive Director Secretariat manages governance, corporate capability, corruption prevention, and policy advice to the Integrity Commissioner.

ACLEI's organisational structure at 30 June 2016

More-detailed information about ACLEI is available at www.aclei.gov.au.