The Corruption and Crime Commission Act 2003 (WA) has been substantially amended, now known as the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003.

The Act makes a number of important changes including:

  • focusing the Commission’s investigation work into “serious misconduct" while leaving “minor misconduct” to the Public Sector Commission (PSC);
  • permitting conduct reported to the wrong agency to be referred to the correct agency (the Commission or the PSC);
  • reminding agency principal officers of their paramount duty to report conduct which he or she suspects on reasonable grounds to be serious or minor misconduct; and
  • with new Guidelines issued concerning the reporting obligations.

These changes are likely to be reflective of the changes proposed for the NSW ICAC so that State ICACs can focus on serious misconduct or serious offences and leave other, more minor misconduct to administrative agencies.