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New IBAC campaign promotes reporting of public sector corruption

IBAC is calling on all Victorians to realise the pivotal role they can play in preventing public sector corruption in a new campaign launched today.

The Yes, it’s corruption. Yes, I can do something about it campaign encourages Victorians to recognise and report public sector corruption to IBAC, the state’s independent anti-corruption agency. 

The campaign is in response to IBAC research that found most Victorians don’t know what to do about corruption if they encounter it, even when they know what corruption is. The research also found that Victorians feared victimisation if they did make a report.

“IBAC understands that it can be hard to speak up and report wrongdoing. There are a number of options available when reporting corruption such as whether to make your complaint anonymous,” IBAC CEO Alistair Maclean said.

"Public sector corruption it is not a victimless crime. It wastes taxes and rates that should be used to operate and maintain Victoria's schools, hospitals, roads and other vital public services and projects. And it damages the reputation of organisations and undermines community's confidence in the public sector," Mr Maclean said.

“IBAC is reliant on information from the community to help stop corruption. Corruption is by its nature secretive and often difficult to detect, and most of our investigations started as a result of well-informed tip-offs.”

In 2017/18, IBAC received and assessed more than 6200 allegations of suspected public sector corruption and police misconduct.

The campaign will run across metropolitan and regional newspapers, radio and digital media until the end of June.

The campaign was informed by IBAC research and follows IBAC investigations into serious corrupt conduct in state government departments and agencies, and local councils.

To report public sector corruption now, visit or call 1300 735 135.

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