Awareness and perceptions of IBAC
Most Victorians have heard about IBAC but the level of understanding of what IBAC does is low.
Over two-thirds of Victorians (69%) have heard of IBAC, however only a little over one in 10 Victorians (13%) have a ‘good’ understanding of IBAC’s functions. For most, they only know ‘a little’ about what IBAC does (35%) or have heard the name but are ‘not sure what they do’ (21%).
Victorians aged 18-34 years and people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background were significantly less likely to have a good understanding about IBAC (10% respectively).
Graph 7. Awareness of IBAC (%)
Media reporting is the primary means by which the community hears about IBAC.
Sixty-seven per cent of those who are aware of IBAC heard about IBAC through the media in the past 12 months. Social media is not a major awareness channel overall (16% of those aware of IBAC have seen it on social media in the past 12 months), however it has greater reach among those aged 18 to 34 years (30%) and in CALD communities (22%) (who are less likely to have a good understanding about IBAC).
There is high and strong agreement among Victorians that it is important that IBAC exists.
Eight-two per cent of Victorians agree it is important that IBAC exists, including 44 per cent who strongly agree. However, less than half of Victorians (44%) agree a report to IBAC would be handled appropriately; most are unsure (29% ‘neither agree nor disagree’ and 18% ‘don’t know’). Confidence is significantly higher among people who care for someone with a disability (54%), LGBTIQ+ people (53%) and those who are university educated (48%).
Graph 8. Agreement with statements about IBAC (%)
Most Victorians are at least ‘somewhat’ confident in IBAC’s ability to inform, prevent, detect, and investigate.
Most Victorians are at least ‘confident’ (either ‘somewhat confident’, ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’) in IBAC’s ability to inform the public sector, police and community about the risks and impacts of corruption and police misconduct (70%), or to detect (71%), investigate (74%) or prevent (67%) this. More than one in 10 Victorians are ‘not confident’ in IBAC’s role in each of these functions, with a similar proportion who ‘don’t know’.
Victorians aged 18-34 years and people who identify as LGBTIQ+ are significantly more likely to report higher confidence in IBAC’s role across the measures of informing, preventing, detecting, and investigating corruption and police misconduct. By comparison, people living with a disability and those aged 55 years and over are more likely to report not being confident in IBAC’s ability across all these aspects.
Graph 9. Confidence in IBAC (%)
Among those who are not confident in IBAC’s ability in its areas of remit (around one in six of all participants provided a response), themes raised include a lack of awareness of IBAC, little knowledge and transparency about the outcomes achieved, unfavourable media reporting and a perceived lack of resourcing to enable IBAC to be effective. Comments were also made about political influence reducing or negating IBAC’s efficacy.