Understanding mandatory notifications

Council CEOs and heads of departments play a vital role in preventing corruption. If they suspect corrupt conduct in the workplace, they are legally required to notify IBAC with an obligation known as a mandatory notification.

Mandatory notifications help to prevent corruption and improve the integrity of the public sector.

IBAC has developed a video to explain what mandatory notifications are and what happens once they are received.

What should IBAC be notified of?

By law, IBAC must be notified of:

Mandatory notifications must be made in writing as soon as possible.

When IBAC receives a notification, we assess the information and then the three main actions we can take are to either:

  • refer your complaint to another agency
  • investigate your complaint
  • not proceed with your complaint

Did you know?

Between 2017/18 – 2020/21, 66 per cent of mandatory notifications to IBAC came from Victorian state government departments, and 31 per cent from Victorian local government. A total of 97 separate bodies made a mandatory notification to IBAC over the three-year period.

There were 48 out of 79 councils that made notifications had made at least one notification

Find out more

Watch the video above to understand more about mandatory notifications.

Visit the Information for principal officers section for resources, including a decision-making flow chart. Or download our recent mandatory notifications info sheet.