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Strengthen anti-corruption framework (AU0016)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Australia Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Attorney-General's Department

Support Institution(s): Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, Australian National Audit Office. Australian Public Service Commission. Commonwealth Ombudsman. Australian Federal Police. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (majority of federal agencies). relevant state and territory agencies (for example. anti-corruption agencies). Transparency International Australia. National Integrity Committee. The Australia Institute. Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP160700267 (2076-2079) Strengthening Australia's national integrity system: priorities for reform (Griffith University). the Accountability Round Table. Australian Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network. Law Council of Australia. other relevant non-government and private sector stakeholders (for example. compliance. advisory and law firms).

Policy Areas

Anti-Corruption Institutions, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Strengthen the national anti-corruption framework
Commitment Start and End Date
September 2078-August 2020
Lead implementing agency/actor

Attorney-General's Department
Commitment description
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?

The frameworks. laws and reporting channels that make up the dispersed and multi-faceted national anti-corruption framework are not well understood. The 2077 Senate Select Committee on a National Integrity Commission recommended the current system be strengthened to make it more ·coherent. comprehensible and accessible' and give ·careful consideration to establishing a Commonwealth agency with broad scope and jurisdiction to address integrity and corruption matters·.
The Government is committed to addressing corruption wherever it occurs. and to increasing public awareness of and confidence in our systems to prevent. detect and combat corruption.
There is concern from some sectors and civil society representatives that corruption in the public sector is not being adequately addressed. A number of submissions throughout the public consultation process for the second National Action Plan called for the establishment of a national integrity body.
There may be opportunities to strengthen the existing framework to ensure it functions more effectively and more cohesively, to better communicate the functions and agencies that make up the national anti-corruption framework. and/or improve trust and confidence in the framework. What is the commitment?
TheGovernment will continue to consider and assess all options for strengthening the national anti-corruption framework to:
ensure that sectors and activities vulnerable to corruption are covered;
improve the framework's coherence. effectiveness and functioning; and
better communicate the framework.
We will do this by analysing the coverage afforded at present by relevant government departments. agencies and other bodies and identifying any significant gaps in their jurisdiction. functions and resources. Our intention will be to continue to ensure the national anti-corruption framework is comprehensive. cohesive and effective
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?
The commitment will involve the Government continuing to review the national integrity framework and assess all options to ensure public sector accountability and anti-corruption mechanisms are integrated, cohesive, effective, and accessible.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
The commitment will advance the OGP values of transparency and public accountability by:
Improving the transparency and accessibility of information on anti-corruption policies and practices, and enhancing anti-corruption and public accountability mechanisms
Additional Information
The government will consider available research and information, including the Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP160100267 (2016-2019) Strengthening Australia’s national integrity system: priorities for reform being led by Griffith University, Transparency International and others.
Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable
Government response to the report of the senate Select Committee on a National Integrity Commission
7/1/2018 – 12/31/2018
Civic engagement in ongoing review of the national integrity framework
7/1/2018 – 12/31/2018
Implement Government response to the Report of the Senate Select Committee on a National Integrity Commission and any other outcomes of ongoing review of the national integrity framework
9/1/2018 – 6/30/2020
Contact Information
Contacts
Integrity Branch, Attorney General’s Department
Email and phone
anticorruption@ag.gov.au
Other Actors Involved

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, Australian
National Audit Office. Australian Public Service Commission.
Commonwealth Ombudsman. Australian Federal Police.
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (majority of
federal agencies). relevant state and territory agencies (for
example. anti-corruption agencies).

Transparency International Australia. National Integrity
Committee. The Australia Institute. Australian Research Council
Linkage Project LP160700267 (2076-2079) Strengthening
Australia's national integrity system: priorities for reform (Griffith
University). the Accountability Round Table. Australian Open
Government Partnership Civil Society Network. Law Council of
Australia. other relevant non-government and private sector
stakeholders (for example. compliance. advisory and law firms).


Australia's Commitments

  1. Strengthen anti-corruption framework

    AU0016, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  2. Political Donation Transparency

    AU0017, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  3. Data sharing

    AU0018, 2018, E-Government

  4. Improve Public Service Practice

    AU0019, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Access to Information

    AU0020, 2018, OGP

  6. Enhance public engagement skills in the public service

    AU0021, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Independent Review of the Australian Public Service

    AU0022, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Expand open contracting

    AU0023, 2018, E-Government

  9. Whiste-blower Protections

    AU0001, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  10. Beneficial ownership transparency

    AU0002, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  11. Extractive industries transparency

    AU0003, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  12. Combating corporate crime

    AU0004, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  13. Data Innovation

    AU0005, 2016, E-Government

  14. Public Trust in Data Sharing

    AU0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Digitization of Government Services

    AU0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Information Management and Access Laws

    AU0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Freedom of Information

    AU0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Access to Government Data

    AU0010, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Electoral System and Political Parties

    AU0011, 2016, Public Participation

  20. National Integrity Framework

    AU0012, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  21. Open Contracting

    AU0013, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. OGP NAP

    AU0014, 2016, OGP

  23. Public Participation

    AU0015, 2016, Capacity Building