Winning war against Corruption: Australian Experience


Corruption imposes a burden to the economy. It destroys competition and has serious legal and reputation risks. Therefore, an inclusive strategy taking into account political will, private sector, civil society, and citizens is necessary. In Australia, a multiagency approach is used to tackle corruption.

To fight corruption effectively shared responsibility is required. A good mechanism to coordinate various agencies involved in the fight against corruption helps to among other things, enable agencies investigate other agencies.

Such a mechanism is supported by anti-corruption practices for instance, a highly sensitive public with high expectations and ethical standards for public officials.  A public that expects high levels of trust from public officials, demands that corruption offenders be prosecuted, forces public officials to resign when they engage in corrupt activities, and demands high value for national and company reputation, can effectively help tackle corruption.

A compressive law covering various crimes for instance the penal code, Money Laundering Act, Public Information disclosure act, and laws providing for declaration of conflict of interest are used in corruption prevention.

Agencies for instance the Royal Commissions have coercive power to gather information and impose heavy sanctions against those who don’t comply. Other measures include enforcement of ethical codes, checks and balances, gift register, careful management of processes, and high standards for disqualification. Heavy penalties and investigative journalism also help in preventing corruption. A 

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