Australian State Parliamentarians Visit IACA

A delegation of parliamentarians from the Australian state of Victoria visited IACA on Monday to discuss common objectives and areas of possible cooperation in the fight against corruption.

The group was led by Hon. Mr. Kimberley Wells, a Liberal Party MP and Chair of the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission Committee (IBACC), one of nine joint investigatory committees of the Parliament of Victoria.

The IBACC’s main function is to monitor, review, and report to the state Parliament on the performance of the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC). This is Victoria’s anti-corruption agency and is tasked with investigating serious corruption and police misconduct.

Discussion themes at the meeting included the value of independent anti-corruption authorities such as the IBAC, as well as the importance of assessment tools such as benchmarking and key performance indicators. In a broader context, the role of politics in preventing corruption and the effect of anti-corruption on social change were also addressed.

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, outlined the Academy’s mandate as an international organization and updated the parliamentarians on its current activities. These include the upcoming fourth intake of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies and the forthcoming Master in Anti-Corruption, Compliance and Collective Action, as well as a wide range of standardized and tailor-made trainings.

Australia has been a Party to IACA since 2012.

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