Impacts of corruption

Corruption hurts everyone.

The impact of corruption goes beyond the corrupt individuals, the innocent colleagues who are implicated, or the reputation of the organisations they work for. Ultimately, Victorians are the ones who lose out.

Corruption erodes the trust we have in the public sector to act in our best interests. It also wastes our taxes or rates that have been earmarked for important community projects – meaning we have to put up with poor quality services or infrastructure, or we miss out altogether.

It is in everyone’s interest to report corruption and misconduct.

Organisational impacts of corruption

  • financial loss
  • damage to employee morale
  • damage to organisation's reputation
  • organisational focus and resources diverted away from delivering core business and services to the community
  • increased scrutiny, oversight and regulation.

Individual impacts of corruption

  • disciplinary action
  • termination of employment
  • criminal charges
  • may affect relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

Community impacts of corruption

  • wasted taxpayer funds
  • loss of goods and services
  • lower community confidence in public authorities
  • disadvantage to honest business that miss out on government contracts.