Victoria’s Integrity System – Where can you go to get
New requirements for information sharing between the key
independent integrity bodies means they now operate more
effectively as a system. The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office is
one of these bodies, responsible for holding government to account,
however, each body has different responsibilities which protect
integrity in the Victorian public sector.
Many of these bodies will respond to complaints from the
Investigating and preventing misconduct
investigates administrative actions or the conduct of staff in
government departments, statutory authorities and local government.
The service is free, and reviews lawfulness of agencies’ actions or
decisions, as well as the reasonableness and fairness in the
If you have a complaint about an
administrative decision of state or local government, or the
conduct of staff, contact the Ombudsman here.
The Independent Broad-based
Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) educates the public
sector and community about corruption and how to prevent it, and
investigates and exposes serious corruption in the public sector.
IBAC has the broadest jurisdiction of all integrity bodies, and is
able to investigate police, judiciary, local councils,
parliamentarians and contractors performing a public function.
If you have a complaint about corrupt
conduct by public bodies or officers, contact IBAC here.
The Local Government
Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate investigates
alleged breaches of the Local
Government Act 1989 by any Victorian local council.
If you have a complaint about a council
not acting lawfully, contact the Local Government Investigations
and Compliance Inspectorate
Holding government to account
Accountability ensures the government is
responsible for its actions. The Parliament of Victoria has an
extensive system of committees which investigate particular issues
and generally take evidence in public. A list of
Parliamentary Committees, their functions and contact details can
be found here.
Setting high standards of conduct
The Public Administration Act 2004
sets out the values and principles that guide how public employees
perform their work and by which the Government is held
accountable. The Victorian Public Sector Commissioner
promotes these high standards of integrity and conduct.
If you have a complaint about how
public sector values, employment principles or standards have been
applied in a public organisation, contact the Commissioner
VAGO has worked with the IBAC and the
Ombudsman, and produced a guide on Victoria’s integrity system:
Safeguarding integrity – A guide to the integrity system in
Last updated on 1/12/2014