An IBAC report on mandatory notifications of suspected corruption shows IBAC received a total of 109 mandatory notifications from the heads of public sector bodies during the first year of implementation of this legislation. These notifications were made up of 61 reports from state government agencies and 48 from local councils. The report provides a high-level overview of emerging trends and patterns in mandatory notifications. The report has been shared with heads of agencies. New resources including case studies of examples of mandatory notifications made to IBAC are also available.
The resources work to support agency heads in meeting their mandatory reporting obligations.
IBAC Chief Executive Officer Alistair Maclean said when IBAC receives a mandatory notification, there are three possible outcomes after the information is assessed.
"The notification may be either dismissed, referred back to the agency or another agency such as the Victorian Ombudsman to investigate, or IBAC may commence an investigation," Mr Maclean said.
"Relevant principal officers shouldn’t be discouraged if IBAC refers their notification back to them or to another agency to investigate. This is a key part of the way Victoria’s integrity system was designed to operate."
"Mandatory notifications help the Victorian public sector to build a better understanding of corruption risks and help prevent corruption occurring," Mr Maclean said.