Strengthening integrity and innovation in government
As the home of government in Australia, we believe the ACT should lead the way in integrity and innovation. The ACT Government is working to deliver this by establishing new integrity frameworks and updating our electoral laws to ensure we have a modern governance system that aligns with the Canberra community’s standards and expectations.
Establishing the ACT Integrity Commission
Our community deserves the highest levels of integrity and probity from their elected representatives and the ACT Public Service. Establishing an ACT Integrity Commission with the power to conduct hearings and recommend criminal prosecution will provide an important oversight mechanism for public officeholders.
The ACT Government’s Bill establishing the Integrity Commissioner passed the Legislative Assembly in November 2018, following extensive consultation and two Assembly committee inquiries. The ACT Integrity Commission will commence work in 2019 led by an experienced former judge as Integrity Commissioner and a dedicated support team to investigate and review serious misconduct or corruption allegations.
Improving transparency around donations and lobbyists
We are committed to banning political donations from property developers because all Canberrans should be able to have confidence that development decisions are being made in the best interests of the community. We are also committed to ensuring all donations over $1,000 are declared to the ACT Electoral Commission within seven days, to enhance public oversight.
A Bill banning developer donations and requiring real-time reporting of large political donations is currently before the Legislative Assembly. We are working to have these laws in place before the next ACT election in October 2020.