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4.2 - National Integrity Framework

Overall status:
Delayed

This commitment will strengthen Australia’s ability to prevent, detect and respond to corruption in the public sector. We plan to do so by collaborating with the corporate sector, non-government organisations, academia and the public, including by holding the first Government Business Roundtable on Anti-Corruption in 2017.

We will also review the jurisdiction and capabilities of our key anti-corruption bodies, the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP)-led Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre (FACC), with the development of each National Action Plan to ensure they can focus on protecting Commonwealth agencies from risks of corruption.

This commitment will advance the OGP value of public accountability by improving the effectiveness of our legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks and by protecting the integrity and transparency of the execution of public policy and management.

Current status

Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACLEI’s report (milestone 1)

On 13 December 2018, the Government announced it would establish a Commonwealth Integrity Commission and commenced a public consultation process on the proposed model for the Commonwealth Integrity Commission. The Government’s response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACLEI’s report into ACLEI’s jurisdiction will be informed by this process.

Government Business Roundtable on Anti-Corruption (milestones 2 and 3)

The Government Business Anti-Corruption Roundtable was held on 31 March 2017 (milestone 2).

The Government has introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combating Corporate Crime) Bill 2017, which would introduce the reforms discussed at the Roundtable, incorporating views expressed there and via the other public consultations held (milestone 3). The Bill will introduce reforms to the foreign bribery offence in the Criminal Code and introduce a deferred prosecution agreement scheme, which are the subject of Commitment 1.4: Combating Corporate Crime.

As these reforms were priority integrity/anti-corruption reforms under consideration by government at that time, they were the chief subject of discussions at the Roundtable.

Review the jurisdiction and capabilities of ACLEI and FACC (milestone 4)

These reviews have been delayed pending further consideration of the national integrity framework as part of the Government’s commitment to review the anti-corruption framework in the second National Action Plan 2018-20. The jurisdiction and capabilities of ACLEI and FACC will now be closely examined as part of the work to develop a Commonwealth Integrity Commission.

Other stakeholders

Government: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, Australian Federal Police, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Non-Government: industry, peak bodies (including Law Council of Australia), non-government organisations (including Australian Open Government Partnership Network) and international partners

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Implementation Period Status

Respond to the recommendation of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACLEI’s report into the jurisdiction of ACLEI.

Early 2017 Delayed

Hold the first Government Business Roundtable on Anti-Corruption to improve cooperation and consultation on anti-corruption work, and identify areas for reform.

Jul 2017 Completed

Respond to recommendations for reform and improvement arising from the Roundtable.

Jul 2017-Aug 2017 Completed but delayed

Review the jurisdiction and capabilities of ACLEI and FACC in consultation with the public in the context of developing Australia’s next Open Government National Action Plan 2018-20.

Early 2018-Mid 2018 Delayed

Status updates for commitments are provided approximately every two months. With each update, agencies are encouraged to provide further and better particulars of the commitment and its steps to implementation, which may result in changes to timelines outlined in Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18.

Last updated: 12/02/2019

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