IBAC recognises that sometimes it can be difficult to discern what constitutes corrupt conduct or at what point reasonable suspicion is formed. Relevant Principal Officers will have to exercise their judgement, and may need to seek independent legal advice before notifying IBAC.
If you have a reasonable suspicion that corrupt conduct is occurring or has occurred in your organisation, you must report it to IBAC as soon as practicable.
If in doubt, submit a notification to IBAC for assessment.
Misconduct that does not meet the mandatory notification threshold described above does not need to be reported to IBAC (i.e low level misconduct or performance related issues which should be handled internally as disciplinary or staff development matters).
How to notify IBAC
Download the mandatory notification form to make a notification. Use additional Part B and Part C forms if required. Submit the form(s) by:
For urgent matters, contact us by telephone on 1300 735 135 (business hours: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).
Attention: Manager Assessments and Review
GPO Box 24234
Melbourne VIC 3001
What happens after a notification is made
IBAC will acknowledge all notifications in writing. IBAC will assess the notification and will either:
- Dismiss it (for example where there is not enough information available); or
- Refer it back to the notifying agency or one of a number of prescribed bodies that may be considered more appropriate to investigate the matter (i.e. the Victorian Ombudsman, if for example, the alleged conduct does not meet IBAC’s threshold for investigation); or
- Commence a preliminary inquiry or full investigation into the matter (where we assess that serious or systemic corruption may have occurred or is occurring). The IBAC Act requires us to prioritise investigations of serious or systemic matters.
Relevant principal officers will be notified in writing of the outcome of IBAC’s assessment and advised of any further steps that need to be taken.
Relevant principal officers should contact IBAC if urgent action is required before or during the assessment.
For further information, please see: