Research reports

Perceptions of corruption and ethical conduct

IBAC and ANU findings of a national study of the perceptions of the prevalence of corruption in Australia.  While it was a national poll, a larger sample was collected for Victoria, with 500 out of the 2,020 surveys conducted in Victoria.

Findings from the Victorian data show that:

  • 43.5% of those surveyed thought that the level of corruption in Australia had increased
  • 45.6% would not know where to report corrupt activity if they suspected or observed it
  • perceptions that corruption is increasing can do harm to our international standing, and to community confidence
  • countering corruption is a significant challenge for government, and the best approaches are education, prevention, and as a last resort, criminalisation.