The Independent Commission Against
Corruption (ICAC) was established by the NSW Government in 1988 in response to
growing community concern about the integrity of public administration in
The ICAC's principal functions are set out
in the Independent Commission Against
Corruption Act 1988. In
summary, they are:
investigate and expose corrupt conduct in the NSW public sector
actively prevent corruption through advice and assistance, and
educate the NSW community and public sector about corruption and its effects.
The jurisdiction of the ICAC extends to
all NSW public sector agencies (with some exceptions noted below), their
employees and contract staff in government departments and state-owned
corporations, local councils, members of Parliament, ministers, the judiciary
and the governor. The ICAC's jurisdiction also extends to those performing
public official functions.
The ICAC’s jurisdiction does not extend to
officers of the NSW Police Force or the NSW Crime Commission, or the
administrative employees of those agencies. The ICAC may, however, investigate
corrupt conduct involving members of the NSW Police Force and NSW Crime
Commission provided the matter involves other NSW public officials.