We understand that it's hard to stand up and report wrongdoing, which is why we treat every complaint with confidentiality. There are also a number of options to protect your privacy when you report corruption.
Speaking up and making a complaint helps to:
- expose corrupt activities and risks that may otherwise remain hidden
- keep the public sector honest, transparent and accountable
- provide assurances that dishonest practices are disrupted and stopped
- ensure that public sector employees act in the public interest.
Are you a public sector employee?
Because corruption is – by its nature – secretive and difficult to detect, you are best placed to identify suspicious conduct by other employees in your organisation or involving external parties like contractors or suppliers.
You have an obligation to report corruption
If you work for a state government department or agency, a council or for an MP, you have obligations to your employer, your colleagues and the general public to report any wrongdoing. Be aware of the standards expected of you as a public sector employee:
These standards can help you decide if the behaviour you have witnessed is corrupt.
Public sector leaders are responsible for preventing corruption
If you are a manager or leader in the Victorian public sector, you must take responsibility for preventing corruption in your organisation.
This is because you have the best understanding of your work environment in order to:
- identify and mitigate the risks specific to your work area or organisation
- promote public sector values with reference to the Public Administration Act, the Code of Conduct or local policies and procedures
- engender a corruption-resistant culture.
Find out how your agency could be vulnerable.
Mandatory notifications of corruption and police misconduct
The Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police must notify us of complaints about corrupt conduct or misconduct. Read more.
From 1 December 2016, heads of departments and councils (among other public bodies) will have to notify IBAC when they suspect corruption. Read more.