The Centre for Public Integrity conducts research into preventing corruption through a National Integrity Commission.

A National Integrity Commission is needed to investigate allegations and expose corruption in the federal government and public sector. There is currently no institution with the remit and powers necessary to investigate allegations of misconduct involving federal parliamentarians or the public service. The Commission must have a broad jurisdiction and the strong investigative powers of a Royal Commission, including the ability to hold public hearings.

The Centre for Public Integrity has released Australia’s Weakest Watchdog – a comparison of the state integrity commissions and the Government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission.

Read a discussion paper by The Hon Stephen Charles AO QC on the best design of a National Integrity Commission and how the Government’s model compares.

Read our Design Summary for an effective National Integrity Commission, produced by the project committee.

Members of the National Integrity Commission project committee are:

  • The Hon Stephen Charles AO QC, former judge of the Victorian Court of Appeal
  • Nicholas Cowdery AO QC, former Director of Public Prosecutions of NSW
  • Adjunct Professor Colleen Lewis, Monash University