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Thursday, 4 April 2019
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Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption

Dear Mrs Wicks

Thank you for your email of 18 February 2019 about Petition EN0792, regarding a proposed Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption. I welcome the opportunity to respond to this petition.

On 13 December 2018, the Australian Government announced that it would establish a new Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) to strengthen integrity arrangements across the federal public sector.

The CIC will be a centralised, specialist centre for the investigation of corruption in the public sector. It will also work with agencies to build resilience to corruption and bolster agency capability to detect, deter and investigate corrupt conduct.

The CIC will be established as an independent statutory agency, led by a commissioner and two deputy commissioners. The CIC will comprise:

a law enforcement integrity division — this will have the same functions and powers as the current Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, but with a broader jurisdiction

a public sector integrity division — this will investigate alleged criminal corruption involving government departments and their staff, parliamentarians and their staff, the staff of federal judicial officers, ' and in appropriate circumstances, recipients of Commonwealth funds.

Through the proposal to establish the CIC, the Australian Government is targeting serious criminal corruption that presents a threat to good public administration. It will not duplicate the roles of existing bodies, but instead it will provide an expert investigative capability to respond to allegations of serious criminal corruption across the public sector.

The Australian Government released a public consultation paper on the proposed model for the CIC and invited public submissions, which closed on 1 February 2019. The Australian Government is now considering the feedback. from the consultation in settling the final model for the new Commission.

Thank you again for bringing this petition to my attention.

Yours sincerely,

from the Attorney-General, Mr Porter(Petition No. EN0792)