New powers to be granted to Victoria’s integrity and corruption bodies
The Victorian Independent Broad Based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC), the state Auditor-General and state Ombudsman will receive new powers under laws to be introduced into Parliament in the next fortnight. The new laws include changes to IBAC’s evidence requirements and broader powers to investigate misconduct in public office and review spending in public-private partnerships. The Government also plans to introduce reforms to the state's freedom of information laws early next year to increase efficiency.
New NSW watchdog to investigate police corruption
The New South Wales (NSW) Police Integrity Commission and some responsibilities of the state Ombudsman will be merged to form the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC), a new body which will investigate police corruption and oversee police complaints. The LECC will be introduced in 2017 and will streamline existing anti-corruption bodies which operate in NSW with overlapping jurisdictions. The LECC will be headed by a judge or a former judge and will operate under two distinct divisions, Integrity and Oversight, both headed by deputy commissioners.