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Glossary

Some terms in this Annual Report are used for convenience. Other terms have a particular meaning in the LEIC Act. The list below refers to the LEIC Act, when relevant, but is intended to provide only a general guide to the use of each term.

Term

Meaning

Corruption-enabled crime

Organised criminal networks may seek to use corrupt government insiders to gain access to information, or to facilitate or hide criminal activity. The potential harm caused by corruption-enabled border crime is particularly significant.

Corruption handshake

The potential relationship between organised crime and a corrupt or compromised law enforcement official.

Corruption issue

A corruption issue arises when the Integrity Commissioner becomes aware of information that a person who is (or has been) a staff member of a law enforcement agency, is engaging, has (or may have) engaged, or will (or may at any time in the future) engage in corrupt conduct.

Not every corruption issue that has been notified or referred to the Integrity Commissioner will have substance.

The term corruption issue is defined in section 7 of the LEIC Act. The meaning of engages in corrupt conduct is codified in section 6.

Law enforcement agency

An agency which is subject to the Integrity Commissioner's jurisdiction. In 2015–16, these agencies were the ACC (and the former National Crime Authority), the AFP, AUSTRAC, the CrimTrac Agency, prescribed aspects of the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (including the Australian Border Force). Other agencies may be added by regulation.

The term law enforcement agency is defined in section 5 of the LEIC Act.

Notification
(of a corruption issue to the Integrity Commissioner)

A corruption issue is notified when an allegation or information concerning an agency in the Integrity Commissioner's jurisdiction comes from the head of that agency (see section 19 of the LEIC Act).

Referral
(of a corruption issue to the Integrity Commissioner)

A corruption issue is referred when an allegation or information comes from any source, other than as a notification from the head of an agency in the Integrity Commissioner's jurisdiction (see sections 18 and 23 of the LEIC Act).

Staff members of law enforcement agencies

People (including secondees) who are employed by agencies subject to the Integrity Commissioner's jurisdiction. In some cases, contractors or appointees who are authorised to exercise certain statutory powers may also fall into this category.

The term staff members of law enforcement agencies is defined in section 10 of the LEIC Act.