The Senate has passed a Bill to establish a National Anti-Corruption Commission.
It’s now very close to becoming law – there was one small amendment in the Senate which the House of Representatives will need to approve.
The Government expects the Commission to start operating next year.
What it is
The National Anti-Corruption Commission would be an independent body with the power to investigate corrupt conduct in the public sector. It is similar to existing state bodies such as ICAC in NSW and IBAC in Victoria.
It cannot make criminal findings, but it could make findings of corruption and make police referrals. It could investigate historical allegations and act on tip-offs from anybody (including anonymously).