FAQs about investigations
Can I be investigated if I no longer work for the public sector?
The Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988
("the ICAC Act") allows the ICAC to investigate the conduct of public
officials even when they are no longer employed in the NSW public
sector. However, the conduct under investigation must have occurred
whilst the person was a public official.
Can I give my evidence in private?
The ICAC has the power to take evidence from witnesses in
private. This is a decision for the presiding Commissioner who must have
regard to the public interest.
Could I be arrested and charged?
If a person who has been summoned to
appear at an ICAC public inquiry or compulsory examination fails to
appear, then the Commissioner may issue a warrant for their arrest. In
these circumstances, the person will be arrested and delivered into the
custody of the ICAC for the purpose of giving evidence.
At the conclusion of an investigation, if it is appropriate to
do so, the ICAC may recommend to the Director of Public Prosecutions
that it consider prosecution action against a person based on the
Do I have to co-operate with the ICAC?
The ICAC Act provides the ICAC with
significant powers to investigate a matter. It is an offence to fail to
provide required records, to give untruthful answers to questions asked
of you at an interview or ICAC public inquiry or compulsory examination
or to hinder an ICAC investigation.
How can I find out whether I am under investigation?
Generally the ICAC will neither confirm
nor deny that it is conducting an investigation before a matter is able
to be made public. This includes people whose conduct may be under
If I resign would the ICAC stop investigating me?
The reasons for the ICAC commencing an
investigation would not be affected by your decision to resign. There is
no legal impediment to the ICAC continuing its investigation.
Should I tell work that I am under investigation?
This will depend on whether the ICAC has
placed any restrictions on you divulging the fact that you are under
investigation. If you are in any doubt you should contact the ICAC.
Will other people find out that I am being investigated?
While the ICAC takes care to maintain confidentiality, it may be
unavoidable that the person whose conduct is under investigation will be
identified. This may occur through the process of conducting
interviews, the taking of statements, the service of notices and the
taking of evidence. The ICAC may also conduct a public inquiry and
publish a report on its investigation, in which case details of the
investigation will be made public.