Research reports

Summary: A review of integrity frameworks in six Victorian councils

This information sheet provides a picture of integrity frameworks observed in councils, recognising that a range of corruption prevention measures are already in place in the local government sector.

An integrity framework is defined as the instruments, processes, structure and conditions required to foster integrity and prevent corruption in public organisations. IBAC explored the integrity frameworks in a sample of six councils in order to identify good practices and areas for improvement and increase the sector’s capacity to prevent corrupt conduct.

The councils who participated in the project ranged from municipalities with:

  • recurrent revenue of around $25 million to $300 million and expenditure of around $20 million to $200 million per annum
  • industries including agriculture, horticulture, forestry, retail and residential services
  • staffing sizes of 100 to more than 1300 employees.